•        Strong Readers = Strong Leaders     
     
             Research has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of initial instruction that includes the five critical components of reading: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. To be most effective, the five critical components need to be taught explicitly within classrooms that are strongly positive and engaging, use writing activities to support literacy, and provide students with many opportunities to read interesting text and complete authentic reading and writing assignments. (Essentials for Reading Success. (n.d.). Retrieved October 11, 2016, from http://www.fcrr.org/assessment/ET/essentials/essentials.html)