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As educators, we value the importance of literacy. It's the foundation of ALL learning. Here, we hope you find inspiration, strategies and information about #ReadPlayTalk. All of the information you find has been purposefully designed by the Mesquite ISD Design Team comprised of your peers: teachers, principals, instructional specialists and curriculum experts. This team brought all of their experiences together to design a learning experience to ensure all students are reading on grade level by third grade.


Check out the story of the Design Team's Work

Design Team Members:

Beth Nicholas, Deputy Superintendent
Dr. Treva Franklin, Asst. Superintendent of Instruction
Karen Lloyd, Executive Director of Leadership Development
Kathy Breeding, Former Elem. English Language Arts Coordinator
Charlene Goss, Principal, Smith Elementary
Andrea Bailey, Elem. English Language Arts Coordinator
Kathy Shada, Literacy Facilitator
Sheila Hill, Literacy Facilitator
Jennifer Sypert, Early Literacy Specialist
Maribel Amador, Bilingual Lead Teacher 2-3
Rebecca McLain, Instructional Specialist, Motley Elem.
Alissa Tubbs, Instructional Specialist, Thompson Elem.
Sandra Delgado, Instructional Specialist, Seabourn Elem.
Jill Stephens, Instructional Specialist, Beasley/Pirrung Elem.
Brittney Tubb, Librarian, Gentry Elem.
Tanya Mosley, 2nd Grade Teacher, Thompson Elem.
Nicole Hudson, 1st Grade Teacher, Tisinger Elem.


We Believe ...

  • all children have the ability to learn and thrive when given the opportunity to develop in their own unique ways.

  • engaging educators, parents and community in the learning process is critical to the success of our students.

  • reading opens the door to all other learning and success in life.

  • children reach their full potential in a safe, nurturing environment.

  • ​​each student deserves knowledgeable teachers who are highly committed and dedicated to student success.

Profile of an Early Learner

  • An early learner takes risks and perseveres in the face of challenges.

  • An early learner displays compassion and empathy toward others.

  • An early learner uses curiosity to investigate, explore and drive learning.

  • An early learner demonstrates flexibility in thinking, takes risks and applies learning in a variety of contexts.

  • An early learner utilizes a variety of resources including technology to collaborate and expand learning.

  • An early learner reads a variety of text for information and for pleasure.

  • An early learner communicates and collaborates with others in various formats for different purposes.

  • An early learner eagerly learns, plays, laughs and connects learning to real life.


  • engage and respond to a variety of texts every day.

  • use technology to collaborate with others in and beyond the classroom.

  • will collaborate around an authentic problem and determine solutions.

  • experience a variety of learning opportunities and make choices about their learning.


Learning Framework


The Mesquite ISD Learning Framework simplifies the teacher/student role in the learning process. Each step streamlines all district learning initiatives into a singular learning experience. While each step is critical in the learning process, at the heart of this framework is professional learning. It symbolizes that all educators are lifelong learners, allowing us to hone our craft to meet the needs of all learners.

Best Practices


Combining literacy best practices into a streamlined process, the MISD Design Team intended to simplify everyday classroom exercises that get students reading on grade level by third grade.

With the help of informal assessments as a foundation, educators can determine areas where students need attention within literacy best practices. Additionally, the professional learning team organizes teacher staff development opportunities focusing on how to leverage each of these steps in the classroom.