University of Iowa

Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative

Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative

A joint effort between the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Reading Research center, the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative (Blueprint) is focused on improving the overall design and delivery of the literacy instruction that elementary students receive.

Blueprint Purpose

  • Improve elementary school teachers’ knowledge of effective literacy practices
  • Strengthen instructional skills to deliver those practices to all Iowa children
  • Leverage existing statewide systems, especially Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation (TLC) System and Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids (C4K).

Blueprint is a piece of the Iowa Department of Education’s larger early literacy initiative underway since 2012 that focuses on making sure all students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Blueprint Milestones

High-Priority Milestones for K-3 Reading Development

PDF iconClick here to view/download a PDF version of the High-Priority Milestones for K-3 Reading Development

The High-Priority Milestones for K-3 Reading Development provide a starting point for evaluating literacy plans to make sure students are progressing on schedule. The milestones explain which literacy skills students need to master year-by-year. Where applicable, the relevant Iowa Core standards associated with the high priority skills are indicated. The milestones also provide overall recommendations for keeping students motivated or engaged in their literacy learning, maintaining a supportive and data-driven literacy environment, and supporting the literacy learning of English learners and bilingual students.

Blueprint Professional Development Modules

The Blueprint features the initial five Effective Literacy Strategy Instruction professional development modules for teachers (overview of effective literacy strategy instruction, grapheme-phoneme correspondences, morphology, vocabulary, and text structure). An additional module has been developed on small-group, skills-based instruction, and more professional development is planned.

The Iowa Reading Research Center currently uses a training-of-trainers approach to prepare literacy leaders across the state as Certified Blueprint Trainers. These trainers may deliver the professional development to teachers in their home school districts or Area Education Agency regions. Teachers may implement in their classrooms the instructional methods they learn to better develop the literacy abilities of their students.

For more information on any potential upcoming professional development sessions on Blueprint modules, please contact your local Area Education Agency.

Group of Certified Blueprint Trainers

The first group of Certified Blueprint Trainers at a training-of-trainers session in August of 2018.

Current Certified Blueprint Trainers

Tina Graven
Central Rivers AEA
Sara Nickel
Central Rivers AEA
Amy Thoms-Starr
Central Rivers AEA
Richard McGrath
Central Rivers AEA
Myra Hall
Grant Wood AEA
Melissa Scherkenbach
Grant Wood AEA
Melanie Anderson Collora
Great Prairie AEA
Amanda Evans
Great Prairie AEA
Amy Thacher
Great Prairie AEA
Andrea Danker
Green Hills AEA
Jessica Ferguson
Green Hills AEA
Julie Neal
Greene County Community School District
Becky Hinze
Heartland AEA
Wendy Robinson
Heartland AEA
Barb Shutt
Heartland AEA
Mary Montgomery
Heartland AEA
Lindie Truitt
Heartland AEA/Urbandale Community School District
Kelly Sigler
Heartland AEA
Kristine Kliewer
Iowa City Community School District
Laura Walthart
Iowa City Community School District
Sarah Yoder
Iowa City Community School District
Tasha Fritz
Keystone AEA
Mary Symmonds
Linn-Mar Community School District
Ann Norton
Maquoketa Valley Community School District
Emily Banks
Marshalltown Community School District
Lisa Hawker
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Jenny Meeske
Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Kathy Perret
Northwest Area Education Agency
Tricia Christopher
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Amy Denney
Sioux City Community School District
Lindsey Nelson
Sioux City Community School District
Kathleen Thode
Sioux City Community School District
Annette Duncan
Waterloo Community School District
Staci Kinzebach
Waterloo Community School District

 

Blueprint Advisory Group

Co-leads

  • David Tilly, Iowa Department of Education
  • Deborah K. Reed, Iowa Reading Research Center

Members