Mesquite ISD

LIFe for Literacy


Mesquite ISD created a literacy initiative, Read Play Talk, to prepare early readers to read on grade level by third grade. MISD partnered with e2L out of their desire to engage campus leaders and teacher leaders to innovate. This partnership produced an “ownership model” of innovation, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking at all levels – from central office staff to classroom teachers.

MISD created an actionable timeline and goals based on this “ownership approach.”  They outlined their vision for learning in an e2L-facilitated and MISD-designed Learning Framework aligned to literacy best practices and created clear methods to achieve that vision. MISD aligned long-term coaching with their goals for sustainable growth in their teachers and leaders.

Scope and timeline:

  • Year 1 – PK-2: 35 Coaches, 33 Campus Leaders, 120 Teachers
  • Year 2 – PK-2, 3-5, 6-9: 35 Coaches, 17 Campus Leaders, 120 Teachers
  • Year 3 – PK-2, 3-5, 6-9: 35 Campus Coaches, 120 Teachers, 5 District Leaders
  • Year 4 – 10-12: 12 Coaches, 5 Campus Leaders

MISD is seeing a growth in literacy in their second-graders who are going on to third grade. The district measured the outcomes of students whose teachers were coached compared to those whose teachers were not coached – the result was a huge difference in literacy skills with learners whose teachers received the coaching. e2L-coached classrooms had 87.19% of the learners reading on grade level, compared to just 78.13% in non-coached classrooms.

In addition to improving literacy, Read Play Talk is a culture catalyst. The district’s culture is shifting to a new model that supports growth mindset and innovation.

The district’s culture has evolved to a culture of ownership. MISD campus leaders have embraced the opportunity to lead innovation and are thrilled with the results they are seeing in classrooms.