Dr. KaiLonnie Dunsmore

Coordinator of the Literacy Leader Network

Dr. KaiLonnie Dunsmore serves as the coordinator of the Literacy Leader Network, a collaboration of the the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal Association (MEMSPA) and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA), to support district and school leaders in understanding and implementing the organizational and system conditions needed as the foundation for high quality teaching and learning.  KaiLonnie brings expertise in both literacy and leadership practices and has significant experience nationally in working with public school systems to improve early literacy through an asset based approach that builds system coherence and capacity.  The Michigan based Literacy Leader Network is based upon intervention research ($4.6 million federal Innovative Approach to Literacy grant) she conducted when a fellow at the National Council of Teachers of English and a Principal Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago.  This work is designed to help building and districts, in collaboration with regional agencies and communities, build shared agreements about instruction and assessment tied to a strong curriculum framework and observation rubrics; build coherence and alignment between multiple initiatives; and build principal’s expertise to serve as instructional leaders and effectively support the work of building and district coaching and continuous improvement processes.   While Kailonnie has served in a number of roles (foundation director, university professor and research, non-profit educational consultant) as well as worked with schools nationally and engaged in large scale research, her passion remains the teaching and learning of elementary students. She recently spent 3 years back in the classroom of her local school as a primary grade teacher and uses her lived experience as a teacher as a foundation for the coaching and consulting work she does with schools and districts to improve early literacy through attention to system capacity.

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Day 1
September 20, 2023
3:30 pm

System Wide Actions to Improve K-3 Literacy [Teaching & Learning]

20 September
Time:  3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Location:  Council

The session is designed as a practical overview of research findings as well as insights from the MEMSPA-MAISA-MDE sponsored Literacy Leader Network. Schools often have multiple initiatives and goals to juggle so we will examine key actions and tools leaders can use to build the internal clarity and coherence and identify the most critical things you can do now to set the stage for improvements this year (in one year). We will look at several cases to illustrate the tools and actions you can put into place to improve organizational, instructional and leadership capacity and achieve measurable gains in K-3 teaching and learning.

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