I was watching the San Diego Padres baseball game last night and witnessed another painful loss.

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It is an honor working with so many amazing teachers across the United States. I say this every time I am in a room of educators. Teaching is a wonderful profession. Sure it is hard and draining at times, but the reward of seeing inspired students succeed makes it all worthwhile. I get the best of both worlds.

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Students need to practice reading, speaking, and writing skills every day in every class. With limited skill knowledge, students struggle to read and write in all subject areas and stay dependent on the teacher. Teaching essential, state-aligned literacy skills empowers students with the skills they need to advance. 

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At LiteracyTA, we believe the achievement gap includes any student who does not reach his or her academic goals, not just struggling readers and writers. If a student has a vision or dream for his or her schooling, we want that dream to become a reality.

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LiteracyTA’s Achievement Triangle is a simple visual that explains how rigorous curriculum and well planned support can lead to student success. To bridge the achievement gap, teachers should raise their expectations for reading, speaking, and writing tasks and increase text complexity.

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