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2017 Reading, Literacy & Learning Virtual Conference

T28 - The Devil is in the Details: Scaling Literacy Initiatives for Successful and Sustainable Change

Nov 9, 2017 2:00pm ‐ Nov 9, 2017 3:30pm

Standard: $20.00


District superintendents shape change through initiatives with varying degrees of effectiveness and success. At times, initiatives create confusion and resistance to change. Ideally, a responsible roll out of an initiative creates clarity about why change is imperative, diversity of input sets the initiative up for buy-in, and positive change is advanced with a sustainable impact. It all starts at the top! Learn from this case study how the superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated School District and Neuhaus Education Center are partnering to dynamically move the needle within the districts early childhood program through a thoughtfully planned, responsible roll out to prevent reading failure. District formative assessment data will be presented providing evidence of how quality strategic planning in advance of committing to a course of action produces more rapid return on investment for the three variables that can be impacted in any district initiative; time, talent, and funding.

Learning Outcome:

  • TEACHING/INSTRUCTION/INTERVENTION: Examine critical issues regarding the involvement of teachers in the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI).

Disclosure: Tracy Weeden and Arturo Cavazos have no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


  • Arturo Cavazos, Ed.D., Superintendent, Harlingen Consolidated School District
  • Tracy Weeden, Ed.D., President/CEO, Neuhaus Education Center

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