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In 2019, the 86th legislature passed House Bill 3 (HB3), providing over $6 billion in funding to public education.

Specifically, it required kindergarten through third grade teachers and principals to attend the Texas Reading Academies reading academies, provided professional learning around the science of reading, and how to improve reading proficiency for students across the state of Texas. It also required school boards across the state of Texas to adopt literacy goals that laddered up to third grade STAAR goals.

Strong Readers Teacher And Student

We understand that becoming a proficient reader doesn't begin in third grade.

It begins long before, which is why there needs to be an increased focus on kindergarten through second grade.

Instructional practices are currently undergoing a transformation as educators welcome evidence-based literacy instruction and usher in a new era.

This evidence-based instruction is called the Science of Reading.

Strong Readers promotes the Science of Reading and shines a light on the exceptional educators who have been our bright spots. These are the educators who turn the science into practice, improving literacy outcomes for all students.

Join us as we celebrate these champions of literacy, whose stories inspire us and whose practices set the standard for excellence.

Together, we continue to transform education, making every word count and every reader strong.

2023 Science of Reading Bright Spots Award Recipients

Riley Biggs - First Grade Teacher, Mesquite ISD
Dontre McFarland - Kindergarten Teacher, Dallas ISD
Kristi Mullins - Reading Academy Coordinator
Christy Ellison - Tri Grant Coach, Garland ISD

Riley Biggs

First Grade Teacher, Mesquite ISD

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Dontre McFarland

Kindergarten Teacher, Dallas ISD

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Kristi Mullins

Reading Academy Coordinator

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Christy Ellison

Tri Grant Coach, Garland ISD

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Visit StrongReaders.org to learn more about the Science of Reading and the Strong Readers Coalition working to improve literacy outcomes for students in Dallas County and beyond.