Literacy, Teaching Children for Tomorrow

Today's literacy instruction has become too focused on teaching tests not children. More and more schools are spending more and more money on interventions trying to "catch up" for the falling literacy rates. As taxpayers and school leaders we cannot afford this kind of education. We must refocus literacy instruction to teach children. Children in the elementary school years must be taught to be thinking problem-solvers in order to become productive problem-solving students in later school years and life. This session will focus on the kinds of literacy instruction needed across the school day to engage students in literacy acquisition.


Debbie Magoulick is a literacy consultant with over 30 years in education. Debbie's career began in Appalachia, KY teaching fifty third graders. In her 29 years in public schools she taught grades one to six in KY, inner city Houston and Spring, TX. While teaching first grade Debbie completed her Master's Degree as a Reading Specialist. She joined the Curriculum and Instruction Department of Spring ISD as the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, spending one year of doctoral study at Texas Woman's University. Through her work with Reading Recovery she became interested in preschool education, brain-based learning, and dyslexia. Over the next 15 years in Spring ISD she worked as the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, Pre-Kindergarten Program Coordinator, and Elementary Academic Coordinator of all interventions including Summer School, Dyslexia, Title I services, and New Teacher Mentoring and Induction program. During that time she worked on numerous committees and presented many workshops across the district, Houston area, and Texas.
In 2007 Debbie retired from the public school systems to pursue a career as an independent literacy consultant. Through these efforts she has led professional development seminars across the United States and Europe. Her motto is "To learn from one who is learning is to drink from a flowing stream."