Elizabeth Reenstra

Literacy Guide

Hi, I’m Elizabeth! I am an international educator, consultant and lifelong learner with an insatiable curiosity about connections between research, instruction and literacy learning systems.

My Story

I have been a strong advocate of equity in literacy instruction over the last 17 years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist , literacy leader and now, consultant. Working with diverse students, families and schools across three continents has allowed my thinking to consistently grow, especially in relation to how literacy learners make their journey from novice to expert as well as the conditions and types of systems that are needed in order to ensure success for all of our kids. 

No matter where I have landed, a continued passion has been putting together the pieces of the literacy research puzzle in order to uncover fun, engaging and meaningful ways to support all students and across the content areas. Every student deserves to be seen for who they are as an individual and to be given every opportunity to become a confident and skilled learner.

Another strong interest, and area of study, is implementation and improvement sciences. I believe every educator and school deserves not only access to knowledge about shifts in the literacy world but also the ability to apply this knowledge to their own setting, and in more sustainable ways that will lead to deep and lasting change.

Three years ago I settled down in Den Haag, Netherlands to work in my more recent International school setting. Now, I am very excited to be a part of your own learning journey through “Guiding Literacy Growth” and to help you reach your literacy goals.


My Values & Beliefs


Truly effective strategy and implementation work is integrative work that solidifies our “why” and guides us toward a more clearly defined pathway forward


Literacy is a vital and complex topic. Its instruction is also a hotly contested topic. Navigating it all, objectively and successfully, to give kids the tools they need to flourish requires support


Skillfully gauging a learning ecosystem’s actual needs for literacy health and prosperity allows for more meaningful and sustainable growth

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