KD Ed: The Essential Literacy Strategy Specialist
Because Words Matter
From the time they’re toddlers, we tell our kids “use your words,” when they meet with frustration, anger, or discontent. We do this because we know inherently that using our words is a powerful tool—words convey ideas, questions, and emotions. Words create connections and help us form relationships with one another and the world around us.
At KD Ed, we know that words matter, and that using words effectively can mean the difference between success and struggle for our students. That’s why we specialize in creating literacy strategies that help students learn the skills they need to interact with words and text, both written and spoken. We’re on a mission to provide educators with the tools they need to help students become empowered readers, writers, and thinkers.
Our expert reading team specializes in helping teachers and students realize their capacity to read, write, listen, think, discuss, and create—and to do so with confidence.
Now More than Ever
Reading and writing skills have been paramount to achievement in any domain throughout modern history. And while the importance of these skills is well-established, for too many students, the essential reading comprehension strategies they need remain elusive. In fact, according to the latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only about a third of 4th and 8th grade students are reading at or above grade level.
To make matters worse, post-pandemic learning lag continues to be an important concern for parents, educators as well as administrators. And even though schools have returned to a somewhat normal schedule, many teachers feel ill-equipped to provide the level of text comprehension and writing strategy support their students need. That’s where we come in.At KD Ed, we understand the challenges you and your students are facing, and we’re here to help. We offer a range of reading strategies and strategy-building services that can help you close the post-pandemic learning gap. Our research-based approach is designed using text dependent resources to meet students’ individualized needs and help them move into and beyond reading proficiency and on to mastery.
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How We Put Literacy First
The KD Ed Difference
Founder and CEO Dr. Karen DiBella brings a wealth of professional and educational experience to the table, having worked as a classroom teacher, leader, and instructional coach in both public and private sectors. She approaches literacy instruction through an equity lens and has developed a unique series of reading and teaching services that are customized for teachers and students with diverse ability levels.
At KD Ed Consulting, we believe that all students have the potential to reach their educational goals, yet we also know that students enter the classroom with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, many of them traumatic and life-altering. As empathetic consultants and instructors, we strive to make reading and writing relevant, accessible, and enjoyable for all students—especially those who struggle to make connections with or have been denied access to educational opportunities in the past. We want to make your school a space that values reading as the kind of experience that will unlock limitless possibilities for your students.
Educating the Whole Child
At KD Ed, we take a holistic approach when it comes to literacy and how students learn. We recognize the importance of addressing all elements of a student’s education, including social and emotional well-being and other academic areas such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Through our comprehensive instruction and professional learning services, we aim to foster an environment in which students can not only gain knowledge from a book or other text and increase their reading proficiency, but also learn how to apply such strategies in relevant ways, inside and out of the classroom.
We facilitate a variety of workshops aimed at developing teachers’ capacity to deliver effective instruction and engage students in text-rich learning experiences. From digital teaching tools and strategies to classic book reviews and building classroom connections, our goal is to help teachers develop skills and strategies that give students the necessary tools to succeed in school and beyond.
- Meeting the Social Emotional Learning Needs of Students
- Early Literacy
- Impactful Literacy Centers
- Reading for Purpose
- Importance of Interactive Read Alouds
- Disciplinary Literacy (Literacy in the Content Area)
- Literacy and STEAM
- Culturally Responsive Teaching
- Student Wellness and Mindfulness
- Educator Wellbeing and Retention
- Building Capacity and Relationships
Transformation in Progress
High Stakes, Higher Standards
Our commitment to a bright and equitable future doesn’t stop at the reading teacher’s classroom door. We recognize that today’s readers are indeed tomorrow’s leaders, and that high standards and expectations for students and leaders alike are key to success. Our evidence-based reading and writing practices and comprehension strategies help ensure teacher and learner accountability at all levels and provide the tools and support needed to keep literacy instruction on track.
By helping educators meet reading comprehension standards, achieve goals, and create a culture of success among students, we are working together to help make a better tomorrow for all. Let us help you take your district’s literacy instruction from good to great. Book an appointment today and let’s grow together!