Phonics for Reading has a direct tie to i-Ready Assessment data that enables educators to identify and tailor their phonics instruction to readers who need support for the specificity of instruction we need for acceleration. This project will enhance the use of i-Ready Reading. We plan to take action to address the reality of the district's needs with Phonics for Reading. Led by our national director team on special assignment to train Philadelphia educators, this project will have immediate, tangible, and visible impacts on student data.

During this session, educators will be provided with direct instruction on how to provide Phonics for Reading direct instruction to students as well as practice time to enhance their own skills. All educators who will provide instruction to students need to attend this training. Principals must give staff permission to attend for the full day and handle coverages for educators at the school level.

The Rationale: We plan to provide intensive professional learning on the Science of Reading and instruction based on Archer's research to grow a team of high-impact intervention specialists. Phonics for Reading meets the requirements for Pennsylvania Structured Literacy Interventions. We plan to impact these students’ data, and that will have an impact on all district data.

The Urgency: A significant percentage of students in the School District of Philadelphia are below grade level in the Phonics domain, according to the i-Ready Diagnostic. Different students need different amounts of instruction and practice to become fluent, independent readers. Students in Grades 3 and up who need support in reading can learn the foundational skills they need with systematic instruction, targeted practice, and clear, informative feedback.

The Pedagogy: Each Phonics for Reading lesson uses a systematic sequence of explicit phonics instruction, providing a consistent routine that allows students to apply each concept in increasingly challenging situations to build accuracy, automaticity, and fluency. This approach ensures upper-elementary, middle, and high school students progress quickly through phonics intervention lessons, keeping them motivated and feeling successful.

The Delivery: We plan to provide intensive professional learning on the Science of Reading and instruction based on Archer's research to build a confident, committed group of intervention specialists.

The Essentials: Our success depends on our agreement to implement the following leadership practices:

  1. Cultivate educator mindsets that support student success.
  2. Create a culture of data.
  3. Prioritize meeting the needs of the whole child.
  4. Create a school environment that engages and inspires students.
  5. Provide resources and supports to enhance teacher practice.
  6. Forge a connection between school and home by engaging families.


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Participating Schools List

View a list of all schools that are participating in the Philly Love Project.

Philly Love Project Sign Up Options.

Phonics for Reading Logistical Planning Meeting Sign-Ups

Champions, please sign up for a session using the links in the document.

Whitepaper: Leveraging Teacher Emotions for Student Success.

Whitepaper: Leveraging Teacher Emotions for Student Success

When upper-grade level teachers encounter students with reading difficulties, they often enter a cycle of frustration, empathy, and defeat. This whitepaper provides recommendations for these teachers to help them channel those emotions into the motivation, clarity, and conviction needed to make a real impact for these students.

List of teacher behaviors for small group success.

Small Group Fundamentals for Success

Browse this list of teacher behaviors that positively demonstrate each of the small group fundamentals for success and the potential impact on students.

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Innovations in Reading: Back-to-School Reading Boost with Phonics for Reading

Dr. Anita Archer discusses how Phonics for Reading meets students' needs.

Phonics for Reading professional development overview.

Phonics for Reading Professional Learning

Learn more about Phonics for Reading, and explore the professional learning resources.

i-Ready Central Resources for Phonics for Reading

A variety of resources that support the teaching phonics to students in grades 3+

Parking Lot Questions and Responses

A compiled list of Frequently Asked Questions from the 1/19/23 PD session

Educator Reflection Tools: For Leaders, Coaches, and Teachers

A checklist & Coaching Tool intended to guide coaches and leaders as they support teachers using Phonics for Reading

Philly Love Project Planning Document

Small group planning template for educators. Print this resource to guide your grouping/planning if needed.

Share Your School's Implementation Plan

Upload your schools Phonics for Reading implementation plan here.

Office Hours Powerpoint

Powerpoint deck from February 2023 meeting

Teach with Fidelity with Dr. Anita Archer (4 min)

Dr. Anita Archer reviews how to teach Phonics for Reading as it was designed to be implemented. 

Strategies with Dr. Anita Archer (5 min)

Dr. Anita Archer provides Phonics for Reading strategies for in-person & remote learning 

Teaching, Reading, and Learning Podcast

Dr. Anita Archer is interviewed on the podcast, discussing her experiences and contributions in education

CA101 E-training Course

Provides a step by step overview of Phonics for Reading

Phonics for Reading Training Video

Dr. Anita Archer provides training on Phonics for Reading and how it can help boost post-pandemic learning.

Games For Additional Practice

A list of games & instructions that you can use these games for additional learning practice.

Contact Us

Would you like to experience i-Ready as an administrator, teacher, or student? Please reach out to request access!

Lakisha Baxter

Lakisha Baxter (215) 287-5153
Educational Sales Consultant: Greater Philadelphia Area PA