Literacy professionals: a district analysis

Principals, literacy professionals and first grade teachers from 3 elementary schools in an urban school district participated in this qualitative study. It examined the role and effectiveness of literacy professionals in meeting the needs of struggling first grade readers and first grade teachers through individual and small group support and collaboration. Participants completed questionnaires and tape recorded interview sessions were transcribed and analyzed for themes. Results showed literacy professionals met numerous responsibilities including acting as a teacher consultant/ supporter, reading consultant and working with students. Participants expressed varying degrees of effectiveness of the supplemental reading programs. The findings suggest literacy professionals are effective in their roles, but more support is needed to fully meet the needs of struggling first grade readers and their teachers.