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Founder and CEO
Literacy Innovations, LLC was founded by Ebony T. Donley, a public school teacher with 15 years experience. While working with the middle grades, Ms. Donley realized that many learners required explicit, direct instruction in basic literacy and math skills. She felt empowered and inspired to create a program that would improve all aspects of reading and math development for the learners. The goal of Literacy Innovations is to provide the learners with a solid foundation while on their way to academic excellence. Ms. Donley earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from Baldwin Wallace College in 2000 and a Master's degree in Education from Cleveland State University in 2005. Ms. Donley currently holds valid Ohio teaching licenses in Special Education K-12, Elementary 1-8 and a Reading Endorsement K-12.
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Literacy Innovations, LLC is committed to improving reading skills in learners K-8 in all subject areas. Reading skills are necessary to be successful in all subject areas. For this reason, literacy is the focus of the company. Each learner will be given an assessment to generate data in order to determine his/her skills in word recognition, vocabulary in context,oral reading comprehension, silent reading comprehension and listening comprehension. After the assessment, a program will be tailored to the learner to meet his/her needs based on the results.
The learner will also complete a learning style inventory so that the tutoring can be individualized based on the learner's learning style, as well as, strengths and weaknesses.
Research shows that people learn in many different ways. For this reason, a multi-modality approach will be used when working with the learners. The learners will practice skills using visual, auditory, and tactile methods. Literacy Innovations, LLC is committed to enhancing essential skills by using materials and mediums that best assist the learner. Literacy Innovations, LLC focuses on one-on-one tutoring, so the learner will achieve success in minimal time and be motivated to learn.
Approaches to Learning
Ohio's Third Grade Reading
The guarantee says that your child will read and comprehend on grade level by the end of the third grade or he/she will be retained. Third graders must meet the minimum score during the Fall or Spring administration of the test.
The promotion score for 2020-2021 school year is a scale score of 683. The reading subscore is 46. A new provision has been added to this mandate stating that students can pass without earning the score mentioned above of the principal and reading teacher agree that scores on other evaluations show that the child is academically prepared to be promoted.
How Will You Know if Your Child is on Track?
The school will assess your child to find out his/her reading level. If your child if not on track, the school will give your child a reading plan that should help the child improve his/her reading. It is important for you to read the information provided by the school about your child's reading performance in grades K-3.
Is My Child Exempt?
If your child is learning to speak English, he/she may be exempt.
If you child is on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the IEP says that he/she cannot repeat grade 3 because of reading, your child may be exempt.
If your child has received reading help for at least 2 years and has repeated a grade before, he/she may be exempt.
If your child shows on certain tests, other than the state reading test, that he/she is reading on grade level, he/she may be exempt
How Can I Help?
You can help by reading to your child daily and making sure that he/she reads for at least 30 minutes each day outside of school. You can also help by making sure that your child has mastered the high frequency words. High frequency words are the foundation of oral and written communication. These words must be memorized because many of them cannot be sounded out phonetically. Also be sure to have your learner pay attention to text features (graphs, diagrams, charts, maps, timelines, table of content) when reading as these features assist with comprehension. Last but not least, have your learners use text evidence to answer questions.
Does your learner need sight word practice? If so, A Guide to Becoming a Better Reader Using Sight Words and word work is now available on Amazon. Get your copy today.
"She gets great results and you will see improvement in your child's reading."
"A chance to give children the help they need to grow. I love all the help my son gets from Literacy Innovations, LLC."
"Kids really benefit from this type of assistance from those who need a little more help in certain subjects. I think this is a great service."
" Ms. Ebony puts in the time to make sure your your child will succeed. Thanks for everything. I wish you much success in the future."
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