Alaska’s Reading Playbook

A guide for educators teaching in Alaska’s unique educational landscape

The Need

In September 2016, the Alaska State Board of Education and the Department of Education & Early Development kicked off Alaska’s Education Challenge. 

The Department of Education and Early Development’s strategic plan, Meeting Alaska’s Education Challenge Together, lists reading as the state’s top priority for closing opportunity gaps and improving outcomes for every student.

Yet 4th-grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) have only fallen since 2015. Alaska scored 50th in the nation in both 2017 and 2019, and we knew that this meant that our strategies for teaching reading weren’t serving our students.

The Resource

Alaska’s Reading Playbook was created with Alaska’s educators, learners, and communities in mind. The five-part playbook defines and provides evidence-based strategies for five elements of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

The playbook includes nearly 50 video resources to help educators see best practices in action. Our team regularly offers training on Alaska’s Reading Playbook and other practices based in the science of reading in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. Learn more about professional learning opportunities and register at

Alaska’s Reading Playbook was developed by staff and partners — including Marybeth Flachbart, Ed.D. — from Region 16 Comprehensive Center and the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

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