Literacy services provide professional learning and coaching of instructional approaches in reading, writing, speaking, and listening for K-12 students. These efforts are designed to build a school learning community engaged in studying and promoting growth and student achievement in literacy.

Literacy Contacts

Consultant Districts Served
Melanie Andersen Boyer Valley, IKM Manning, Lewis Central, Shelby County Catholic, Tri Center, Underwood, West Harrison, Woodbine
Lori Helgevold Diagonal, East Union, Lenox, Mormon Trail, Mt Ayr, Murray, St. Malachy
Karen Hesse Bedford, Clarinda, Clarinda Lutheran, Essex, Fremont Mills, South Page, Stanton
Jennifer Johnson Essex, Fremont Mills, Glenwood, Hamburg, Red Oak, Riverside, Rising Hope-Red Oak, Shenandoah, Sidney, Treynor
Sally Johnston Atlantic, CAM, Clarinda, Clarke, Corning, Creston, Griswold, Harlan, South Page, Villisca
Lynn Killpack Boyer Valley, Logan Magnolia, Missouri Valley, Rising Hope-Harlan
Kelsie Kralik AHSTW, Atlantic, Creston, Griswold, Harlan, IKM Manning, Nodaway Valley
Emily Lampe Central Decatur, Lamoni, Lenox, Mormon Trail, Orient Macksburg, St. Malachy
Heather Lundquist Digital Learning and Literacy
Kari Olson East Mills, Glenwood, Heartland Christian, ISD, Lewis Central, Missouri Valley, One School Global, St. Albert, Tri Center

Data-Driven Decision Making


Fast Testing Windows

FASTbridge benchmarks

Fun Facts about FASTBridge

I've Screened, Now What?

Literacy Sorts

Classwide Guidance (contact your consultant for most recent guidance)

aReading Score Interpretation Guide

Analyzing Learner Progress

How Do I Match Students to Interventions?

Phonological Awareness Diagnostic Assessments 

 Phonics Diagnostic Assessments

Spelling Diagnostic Assessments

Learning Opportunities

GHAEA Literacy Courses

  • Green Hills AEA literacy consultants offer a variety of literacy courses each year.  Please see this link for current opportunities.





An asterisk (*) indicates the book is available for check-out from GHAEA Media Center

  • Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg
  • The Writing Revolution by Natalie Wexler
  • Equipped for Reading Success by David Kilpatrick *
  • Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties by David Kilpatrick with Book Study Guide *
  • A Fresh Look at Phonics by Wiley Blevins
  • Reader Come Home by Maryann Wolf
  • Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention by Nancy Mather and Barbara Wendling *
  • Explicit Instruction:  Effective and Efficient Teaching by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes *
  • Conquering Dyslexia: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention for Teachers and Parents by Jan Hasbrouck *


Phonological Awareness Instruction

The ability to recognize and manipulate the sound properties of spoken words, such as syllables, initial sounds, rhyming parts, and phonemes - David Kilpatrick (Equipped for Reading Success)

Phonological Awareness Resources:

Phonics Instruction

Phonics instruction is a way of teaching reading that stresses the acquisition of letter-sound correspondences and their use in reading and spelling. - Reading Rockets

Phonics Resources:


Fluency Instruction

"Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression.” -- Reading Rockets

Fluency Resources:

Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary is the knowledge of words and word meanings. As Steven Stahl (2005) puts it, "Vocabulary knowledge is knowledge; the knowledge of a word not only implies a definition, but also implies how that word fits into the world." -- Reading Rockets

Vocabulary Resources:

Comprehension Instruction

"Reading comprehension is the act of understanding what you are reading. While the definition can be simply stated the act is not simple to teach, learn or practice. Reading comprehension is an intentional, active, interactive process that occurs before, during and after a person reads a particular piece of writing." -- K12 Reader

Comprehension Resources:

Writing Instruction

"Writing today is not a frill for the privileged few, but an essential skill for the many." - Handbook of Language and Literacy

Writing Resources:

Additional Resources for Instruction

Text Resources

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