STRIVE has been such an amazing partner in our beginning phases of transforming literacy practices in our district. Debbie’s expertise in implementing Instructional Frameworks at the secondary level is unsurpassed. All of our school leadership teams are 100% on board with this district initiative because of Debbie’s leadership in thinking ahead and in planning for putting one foot in front of the other. In addition, the feedback she brings to our district and school teams is actionable, purposeful, and is just enough at the right time.
-Kasey Andrade  coordinator, secondary literacy

Debbie Hunsaker

Debbie Hunsaker, M.Ed., is the Owner and Lead Implementation Consultant of STRIVE, Inc.

STRIVE provides national consulting and professional development services focusing on improving literacy achievement. She has dedicated her career to improving teaching and learning by supporting state and federal literacy initiatives, providing curriculum development and comprehensive literacy planning support, and providing on-site school support of teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. Debbie and the STRIVE team have developed evidence-based trainings and professional development in the Science of Reading/Elementary Literacy Model, Disciplinary Literacy/Adolescent Literacy Model, Data Based Decision Making, Effective Coaching, and Effective Teams. Earlier in her career, Debbie was the Division Administrator for Educational Opportunity and Equity for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, which is responsible for implementing programs and resources focused on supporting schools in improving achievement, especially for disadvantaged students.

Some of the programs Debbie has directed include Reading First, Early Reading First, Title I School Support, and the Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project. Debbie is an author of the professional resource book; STRIVE’s Data System: A how-to on planning, teaching, and assessing reading groups and a children’s book, We Made Do.

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