Elizabeth Reenstra

Owner and Consultant

Hi, I’m Elizabeth! I am an elementary literacy consultant, international educator, 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 and inclusion in literacy instruction and aligning practices with the research- and evidence-based over the last 18 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 grow consistently, especially about how literacy learners journey from novice to expert, as well as the conditions and types of systems needed to ensure success for all our kids.

No matter where I landed, a continued passion has been putting together the pieces of the literacy research puzzle to uncover engaging and powerful ways to support all students 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.

While drawing from the research base to inform practice is incredibly important, developing a strong culture of learning and literacy system in our schools is also necessary to promote continued growth. With this triangulation in mind, I have utilized facets of implementation and improvement sciences to create a framework that drives literacy consulting projects and allows for deep impact.

I look forward to hearing about your story and literacy journey so that I can best support you.

 

My Values & Beliefs

Guiding

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

Literacy

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

Growth

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

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