Our vision is to develop competent and self-motivated learners who are fluent readers, creative writers, and critical thinkers who are equipped with the tools needed to compete in the 21st century.  


Our mission is to provide a quality education for all students by providing educators with high quality, standards-driven professional development opportunities needed to engage students in challenging and rigorous literacy instruction. 


Foundational Literacy Resources 

Best for All Central provides an extensive collection of high-quality, optional resources to support teaching and learning. This hub includes a standards navigator that provides access to in-depth information about Tennessee’s academic standards as well as standards-based teaching and learning resources. The standards navigator enables users to explore student expectations for specific standards, see how those standards align across grade levels, view sample assessment items to determine mastery, and access corresponding lessons and resources. Additionally, a series of instructional videos with companion lessons are now available and continue to be added, which are intended to provide districts with weekly content on core areas of instruction.

Commonlit offers a collection of reading passages for grades 3-12 in all literary and nonfiction genres.

Reading Rocket provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Each strategy in the library includes instructions on how to use the strategy, downloadable templates, examples, recommended children’s books to use with the strategy, differentiation for second language learners, and more. 

TDOE PBS Learning Media provides video examples of foundational skills instruction by grade band. 

TN Foundational Skills Curriculum Supplement is an open-source resource that can be used to help support students’ foundational literacy skills acquisition. 

Middle and High School Resources helps with knowledge of language standards and conventions of standard  English grammar, usage, and punctuation. helps with improving literacy instruction in the classroom.

Learn Zillion provides interactive write-along videos for targeted writing and grammar interventions, as well as other short (3-10 minute) videos intended for teacher and student use focused on targeted concepts and skills organized by topic. 

My English Grammar provides grammar exercises. 

Reading and Writing Haven provides vocabulary-based activities for the high school classroom.

TESOL provides 15 free resources for teaching high-frequency vocabulary.

Jo’Quita Sanders
Director of Literacy
Cheronda Thompson
Literacy Specialist