Groves Literacy Partnerships®

Groves Literacy Partnerships is about working together to help all students shine brightly through evidence-based literacy instruction. It’s our avenue for sharing the methods used in Groves Academy® to advance literacy instruction with other teachers and schools in the community.

We believe we have a moral obligation to democratize good literacy instruction for all students in our community and nation.

Groves Method Literacy Curriculum

Groves Method Literacy Curriculum for All is available only to Groves Literacy Partnerships schools. If you require additional curriculum materials, please contact your Groves Literacy Partnerships Coach for assistance.

The Groves Literacy Framework®

The Groves Literacy Framework, which was developed at Groves Academy, uses curriculum based on the Science of Reading and is rooted in decades of literacy and brain research. Over 90% of new Groves Academy students (grades 2-8) see growth in Oral Reading Fluency in their first year. The success of struggling readers at Groves Academy inspired us to establish Groves Literacy Partnerships in 2016 to radiate our advanced literacy instruction to other schools.

The Impact of Groves Literacy Partnerships

Groves Learning Organization™ began the first Groves Literacy Partnerships during the 2016-17 school year with two public charter schools and 16 classrooms in Minneapolis serving 350 students. During the 2021-22 school year, the program has ignited and spread to 64 schools and 430 classrooms, illuminating more than 8,000 students in public and independent schools in the Twin Cities metro area.

Nearly all of the funding required to serve Groves Literacy Partnerships schools is generated through philanthropy.

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Literacy Risk Assessment 2020-2021

Our partner schools are closing the gap: From Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 the percentage of students who were high-risk readers decreased from 31% to 22% in Groves Literacy Partnerships schools.

Pie charts showing the 2020-2021 Literacy Risk Assessment

This data represents the oral reading assessments of 2,955 students in grades 1-3 who were tested in both fall and spring of the 2020-2021 school year.

Kindergarten students in GLP partner schools* do not take the oral reading fluency assessment. *Two Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul City School are not included in this data set because they use a different screening tool.

Important Note: These norms are based on data from a non-COVID school year. 

Join Groves Literacy Partnerships

Becoming a Groves Literacy Partnerships school begins by meeting with interested school administrators, then teachers in their school. Teachers are asked to vote if they wish to adopt a partnership program in their school, which includes 30 minutes of weekly literacy coaching in each classroom. We move forward to the next steps if we have at least 90% commitment from the teaching staff.

School partnerships begin each fall and typically last for three years, with the goal to make each school site self-sufficient by certifying an onsite literacy coach in the building.

Schools have the best chances for success when six criteria are met:

  1. Strong school leadership that supports the teachers, Groves literacy coaches, and overall program.
  2. Teacher commitment to the Groves Literacy Framework and its implementation.
  3. A building-wide commitment to the fidelity of the Groves literacy program.
  4. Sufficient time allocated to daily literacy instruction.
  5. Appropriate grouping of students based on assessment data.
  6. Flexibility in classroom scheduling to accommodate weekly coaching visits.

In the first year, Pre-K–2nd grade teachers begin the implementation, with 3rd grade joining in year two along with intervention for struggling readers. In year three, a dedicated coach from the school staff is identified and trained by Groves Literacy Partnerships staff to make the program sustainable.

Each year, oral reading fluency data is collected in the fall, winter, and spring to identify high- and moderate-risk students and track program progress. Groves Literacy Partnerships coaches assist in the interpretation of the data, student groupings, and intervention planning.

2021-22 Groves Literacy Partner Schools

Meet the Groves Literacy Partnerships Team

Heidi Alford
Literacy Coach
Prior to joining Groves Academy, Heidi taught for 14 years at urban and suburban schools in the Twin Cities area. She has experience as a reading intervention teacher, K-3 classroom teacher, and elementary French immersion teacher.
Brigid Berger
Literacy Coach
Before joining Groves, Brigid was an elementary classroom teacher for 13 years and developed a PreK-2nd grade art and STEM class. Brigid has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, and a Masters of Literacy Education.
Courtney Bierlein
Literacy Coach
Prior to joining Groves Academy, Courtney was a dedicated elementary classroom teacher for 12 years followed by three years as an elementary school principal. Courtney's greatest joys in her time as an educator have been serving her students and supporting teachers in growing in their practice. Courtney characterizes herself as a life-long learner and continues to delight in gaining new knowledge and understanding concerning education.
Katharine Campbell
Director of Groves Literacy Partnerships
Katharine is an experienced educator, trainer, literacy coach, and speaker. Prior to joining Groves in 2016, Katharine had her own company and provided teacher training and Response to Intervention modeling to school districts locally and nationally. Katharine began her career in the classroom, helping struggling readers improve their reading skills.
Jen Clough
Sr. Graphic Designer
Steve Hall
Groves Literacy Partnerships Product Manager
Steve manages program development, curriculum, and assessment data for Groves Literacy Partnerships. Prior to joining Groves in 2015, he worked in marketing on brands including Braun, Oral-B, LeapFrog, and University of Phoenix. Steve also taught elementary school in San Francisco Unified School District where he would have benefitted from literacy coaching.
Antoinette Hill
Curriculum Writer
A passionate educator who has a relentless commitment to breakthrough student achievement, Antoinette earned a bachelor's degree in English from Towson University in Maryland. She has completed graduate coursework in Urban Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University and an earned master's degree in Reading Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Antoinette has an Orton-Gillingham Certificate and has participated in post-graduate work to learn more about dyslexia and other language-based challenges that affect language acquisition. Antoinette has nearly two decades of experience educating students in K-12 public and independent schools and higher education. She has worked to develop teachers and school leaders professionally. Antoinette is proud to cultivate learning experiences that deliver explicit, systematic instruction designed to reach all learners, irrespective of socioeconomic status. This educator has a genuine and patient demeanor when interacting with all people. She is accountable and responsive when she triangulates student data, keeps a laser-like focus on detail, and develops individual educational plans in her student's best long-term interest. Antoinette is eager to partner with those serious about helping children triumph over adversities by "unlocking" the reading code and looking ahead to a brighter future. Antoinette is a proud wife and a mother who looks forward to deliberately cultivating countless memories with her husband, their three children, and their English Bulldog. Antoinette finds joy in creating opportunities that enrich her children's lives and guide them to live lives of purpose!
Susan Johnson
Literacy Coach
Susan Johnson has spent the last 20 years in education serving as a classroom teacher, early childhood administrator, reading specialist, and literacy coach.  She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education/English from Concordia University, Chicago and an M.A. in Education/Literacy from Concordia University, Nebraska and holds MN licensure for both Elementary Education and Special Reading K-12.  She has completed training and coaching in Sonday System Level 1 and has been published in numerous education publications.  She is passionate about advocating for the "underdogs" and those often overlooked in our educational system.
Jennifer Lee
Literacy Coach
Lindsey McDermott
Literacy Coach
Lindsey received her Bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Psychology and French before joining Teach for America in Philadelphia in 2008. She went on to receive her Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master's as a Reading Specialist with a focus on English as a Second Language from Saint Joseph's University. She received her National Board Certification in 2019. Prior to coaching for GLO, she was a classroom teacher in both Philadelphia and Edina as well as a reading specialist and literacy coach in both Philadelphia and Trenton. She has an interest in educational equity and diversity.
Kathleen McFadden
Literacy Coach

B.S. -St. Xavier University

M.A.-St. Xavier University

Before joining GLO, Kathleen taught Kindergarten through Third grade in both public and parochial schools in Illinois and Minnesota. Most recently, Kathleen taught a 1st and 2nd grade blended class where she received coaching and certification through the GLO "Believe and Read" program.

Kathleen has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Reading Education.

Diane Morri
Literacy Coach
Before joining Groves, Di was an elementary school principal for four years and has over twenty years experience as an elementary classroom teacher. Di has her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Curriculum Instruction, she received level one Orton Gillingham training, and holds a K-12 Reading Specialist Licensure.
Erin Nemetz
Literacy Coach
Erin has experience teaching general education in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 6th grade. She obtained her Reading Specialist degree and licensure from the University of Saint Thomas. Prior to joining Groves in 2020, she served as both a classroom teacher and a school administrator. Erin is passionate about literacy education and believes deeply in the Groves Literacy Partnership vision “ to redefine the way our nation is taught, one student, one teacher, and one school at a time”. Her greatest joy as a  Literacy Coach is getting the opportunity to mentor and build relationships with the teachers she serves.
Colette Owens
Literacy Coach
Colette Owens works as a Groves Literacy Partnership Literacy Coach at our partner sites in Minneapolis Public Schools. Prior to joining the team she served as the Executive Director of Hiawatha Academies, a charter school network in Minneapolis, MN. Before moving to Minnesota, she was the Director of Curriculum and Academic Strategy for St. Louis Public Schools.  Colette has also served as a coach for new teachers and as the Managing Director of Teacher Development at Teach For America – St. Louis. Colette began her career as a middle school special educator at Long Community School in St. Louis Public Schools. Colette holds a M.A. in Special Education from Webster University and a B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.
Maggie Rowan
Literacy Coach
As a literacy coach, Maggie serves schools throughout the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. Prior to coming to Groves, Maggie worked at a variety of charter and public schools throughout Minnesota. She has been a curriculum coordinator, a classroom teacher, and an interventionist in math and reading. Maggie started her career following her love of books, working as a media specialist in public schools in Duluth. She loves sharing the science of reading with other teachers and helping them be successful.
Phil Singewald
Literacy Coach
Prior to joining Grove Literacy Partnerships, Phil served as a classroom teacher for 10 years, followed by 10 years as an elementary school administrator.  He earned his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Reading Certificate from the University of St. Thomas. Building relationships and mentoring the teachers he serves ignites his passion for learning.  Phil is dedicated to quality instruction and enjoys serving students and teachers, while helping them grow their love of literacy.

Interested in Learning More?

We want to partner with fellow educators to share our evidence-based literacy instruction so that all students learn to read. New literacy partnership discussions can begin anytime. However, the planning process starts in winter and early spring, with signed agreements in place by early May for the following school year.