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[On-Demand Webinar] Laying the Foundation for Strong Literacy Instruction



The foundation to become a strong reader is laid well before children enter kindergarten. This makes it essential that early childhood educators be knowledgeable about evidence-based literacy practices and able to integrate them effectively into instruction. 

Watch this on-demand webinar for a review of the key components of literacy instruction in the early years and guidance on how to build your team’s skills in implementing evidence-based literacy routines. During the 45-minute presentation you’ll learn:

  • The role that phonemic awareness plays in learning to read.
  • The components of effective phonemic awareness instruction in the early childhood setting.
  • Proven strategies to provide professional learning to teachers that builds their knowledge of foundational literacy instructional practices.

Take advantage of this opportunity to gain valuable insights and ideas to bolster early literacy instruction for your emerging readers.

Fill out the form to watch the on-demand webinar.

Webinar Presenters:

Caitlin Deckard
Science of Reading Specialist
The Literacy Architects

Caitlin is a Science of Reading Specialist and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University. She has held various positions in rural and urban school districts, including elementary classroom teacher, literacy interventionist, gifted and talented teacher, RTI coordinator, strategic planning board member, and Title Services program coordinator.

Caitlin prioritizes evidence-based best practices within the MTSS framework while making research both accessible and approachable to educators. Her belief that literacy is a civil right and a prerequisite for survival and success within our society influences her work designing professional development and social media content for The Literacy Architects.

When not working, you can find Caitlin curled up with a book and a dog, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, or enjoying the majesty of the San Juan mountains.


Seema Tejura 
Founder & Managing Director
The Literacy Architects

The Literacy Architects is led by founder and managing director Seema Tejura. Seema has over twelve years of experience leading students, teachers, and leaders toward literacy success, influencing over 150,000 students in 350+ schools. She has held various positions in urban school districts, including reading specialist, literacy coach, reading/language arts director, and chief academic officer.

Seema has rolled out the Common Core State Standards to elementary schools in the District of Columbia, changed mindsets in Dallas by showing teachers the power of students citing evidence from the text to support their answers, made the case for writing instruction at every grade level, and raised student achievement through teacher use of close reading modules and text sets. She has structured the inaugural year for two instructional coaching programs and has implemented countless district-wide initiatives. She has experience leading literacy programs for general education, ESL, and special education students.

Seema holds master’s degrees in reading and education leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, and George Washington University. She is also a reading specialist, Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner, and Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP).

Seema enjoys exploring her neighborhood on foot and traveling in her free time.

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