Alana Mangham, M.S., is the Literacy and Learning Specialist for the Center for Development and Learning. Alana is also a member of Louisiana’s Early Literacy Commission. She has taught elementary school for fourteen years in both New York City and Louisiana. She held the position as the Rapides Parish District English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Dyslexia Coordinator, STAR Early Literacy Coordinator and Summer Literacy Camp co- chair before joining the Center for Development and Learning team. Alana holds several trainer certifications such as the Data Team Process, Common Formative Assessments, and DIBELS. She also holds a local certificate in LETRS, (Language Essentials of Teachers of Reading and Spelling). She has been an Education Week guest alongside Dr. Louisa Moats, sharing best practices and successes from Rapides Parish. Alana is excited to share her passion for early childhood literacy through her experience with evidence-based reading practices.