Two years ago, at the National ISTE Conference, I had the opportunity to speak about using technology as a way to close the achievement gap. During the conference, I had the pleasure of listening to Soledad O'Brien deliver a keynote address. While O’Brien spoke about equity and access, I found myself nodding in agreement after every sentence.

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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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