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LLCN Brief

10 EpisodesProduced by Kent ISDWebsite

Literacy leaders and coaches know that routinely developing knowledge and skills models for students that learning is important. Join hosts Mark Raffler (Literacy Consultant) and Sarah Shoemaker (Early Literacy Coach) for five exclusive interviews each school year with local and national literacy ex… read more


Podcasts, Assessment Mindset, and Remote Learning

In this episode, we (Mark Raffler and Sarah Shoemaker) chat about the changes to the Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network (LLCN) for the 2020-2021 school year. We detail what those changes look like, how to access this podcast throughout the year, and share some content around assessment mindset as well as remote learning.  Additionally, we ask that you provide us with the topics and questions you want to know more about as we proceed with the podcast format this school year.  Here is a quick unpacking of the conversation:

  • Mark talks about the concept of transitioning to an online format for Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network for the 2020-2021 school year.  The dates will remain as originally scheduled and can be found in the Kent ISD PD Hub.  The podcast will be titled LLCN Brief.  Mark shares:  “We have every intention of LLCN being back in person when it is safe to do so, yet for now here is our format.”

  • Sarah shares that the LLCN Brief podcast will be available for streaming in your favorite podcast formats as well as linked in an email to past LLCN registrants.  No registration is required.  We’re seeking input in the future podcast content.  Please submit your literacy related topics and/or questions via

  • The conversation moves into focusing on two content topics for the first podcast:  Assessment Mindset and Remote Learning.

  • During this time of unconventional schooling, Remote Learning feels new, however, Mark describes how many of the pieces that make remote learning successful are familiar to educators across the county.  He identifies four key factors that build success in remote learning interactions:  Communication, Digital Access, Feedback, and Engagement.  Mark’s remote learning journey over the past seven months has led him along with a team of Kent ISD colleagues to create resources around remote learning including an infographic related to these four key components.

  • We wrap up this episode by reminding listeners that your voice matters!  Please visit to tell us what you want to future podcasts to focus on in relation to literacy.

All resources in this LLCN Brief (and future 2020-2021 podcasts) can be found at:  

Make sure to subscribe to the Literacy Leadership and Coaches Network podcasts. 

*Please note the audio used as an introduction and in transitions in this podcast is under the Creative Common License and attribution is given as follows:

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