IDA-GA and TRL-GA presents the “2024 Spotlight on Structured Literacy Series,” a program of four webinars focusing on “Promoting Structured Literacy: Policy to Practice.” The second webinar, including a presentation and Q&A, is “Mississippi’s Journey to Improving Literacy Outcomes for All Students” on February 7th at 7pm ET. Learn more here.

Note: Certificate of Attendance available upon completion of post-webinar form.

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Over the last decade, Mississippi has passed laws focusing on education reform from Pre-Kindergarten to higher education.  Although passing a law is the first step, implementation is key.  Learn how the tireless efforts of literacy leaders, teachers, students, and families transformed policy into practice that led to unprecedented gains in reading achievement, improving from 50th to 21st in the nation.

Dr. Kymyona Burk is a Senior Policy Fellow at ExcelinEd. In this role, she supports states pursuing a comprehensive approach to K-3 reading policy by assisting state leaders in building new or improving existing K-3 reading policies, with a heavy focus on supporting successful policy implementation.

Kymyona most recently served in Mississippi as the Executive Director for the Jackson Public School District’s Office of Teaching and Learning and led all aspects of the district’s instructional programming. Prior to this, she was the State Literacy Director at the Mississippi Department of Education where she led the implementation of Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act. Kymyona began her career as an elementary reading teacher and has also taught middle and high school English. At Jackson State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Arts in Teaching English, Master of Science in Education Administration and Supervision and a Doctor of Education in Early Childhood Education.

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