Early Literacy Planning & Implementation Collaboration

Our Early Literacy Planning and Implementation Collaborative (ELPIC) provides school teams with the tools and skills they need to develop powerful plans to improve early literacy.

What Is ELPIC?

ELPIC builds educators’ knowledge of evidence-based reading practices and creates opportunities to reflect on current practices and data. This enables teachers to identify student needs and adapt instruction to improve proficiency in reading and writing. We call this the Literacy Action Blueprint.


We help teachers improve reading outcomes by building a shared knowledge base and focusing on high-quality materials and pedagogy. We do this through an interactive learning series and aligned coaching.

  • Center Equity — We focus on how to change instruction, not what students can’t do.
  • Understand Root Cause — We build a root cause analysis from evidence-based practices, reflections on current practices, and student data. 
  • Learn Your Needs — We provide the structure and time for teams to consider what K-3 teachers need to improve literacy outcomes.
  • Develop Your Literacy Action Blueprint — An effective Literacy Action Blueprint contains clear goals and specific action steps to achieve them.
  • Develop actionable Literacy Action Blueprints.
  • Learn processes that promote communication, collaboration, and support.
  • Build knowledge of effective evidence-based practices in early literacy.
  • Co-construct a Literacy Action Blueprint that works for them and their students.

Get in touch

Contact CORE to learn more about how ELPIC can help you improve early literacy teaching outcomes.

Meet Our Literacy Experts

Thomas Acampora

Director of Education Programs | Pivot Learning

Thomas Acampora has over 15 years of experience working in and with schools to improve outcomes for students. He has led teams of educational professionals that worked with middle and high schools to improve graduation rates by creating powerful and nimble systems of student support, including small learning communities, early warning systems, positive behavior supports and restorative practices. He has managed and oversaw successful transformation plans that include a wide variety of partners and efforts at multiple schools across the country, ensuring coherent, effective, and sustained school improvement in the ABCs (Attendance, Behavior, Course Performance).

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck
Carrie Thomas Beck

Director of Literacy | CORE Learning

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck is CORE’s Director of Literacy. She comes to CORE after working four years as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Carrie has led the development of a reading endorsement program at the university and spent five years at the university co-directing the Oregon Reading First Center, a federally funded center that partnered with ODE to provide technical support in the area of early literacy to fifty elementary schools throughout the state of Oregon.

Kristina Arcuri

M.A. Ed., Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Kristina Arcuri is an Educational Services Manager with CORE Learning. She is a former superintendent with 24 years of experience in the education sector, focused on driving growth and improving test scores by recruiting and maintaining high-quality staff. She is a decisive leader and analytical problem-solver with a solid track record of success.

Fineé E. Taylor

Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Dr. Fineé E. Taylor has been an educational consultant for over 15 years and taught a range of elementary grades, served as an instructional coach, worked as an associate reading professor, and served as a Pre-K and Elementary Curriculum Supervisor.

Erica Hidalgo
Erica Hidalgo

Senior Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Erica Hidalgo is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. She was a classroom teacher in both Texas and New Mexico before serving as an elementary school principal and curriculum director. Prior to working with CORE, Erica served as a curriculum director where she planned and coordinated ongoing, job-embedded professional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers in both large urban and mid-sized rural school districts.

Garla L. Jalloh

Educational Services Manager | CORE Learning

Garla Jalloh is an Educational Services Manager who specializes in secondary literacy. She finds great joy and fulfillment in supporting and building capacity in middle and high school educators so that they are equipped to provide equitable learning environments for their students, with a focus on literacy.

Cris Goldy
Cris Goldy

Director, Education Services | CORE Learning

Cris Goldy is a Senior Educational Services Manager with CORE. Cris provides services to schools, districts and agencies to support effective program implementation, multi-tiered systems of support, special education and special programs support, strategic improvement plans, instructional leadership, teacher development, training and coaching. Her specialties are administrative leadership, K-2 literacy, interventions and special education.

Dr. Dale Webster
Dale Webster

Vice President of Language & Literacy | CORE Learning

Dale Webster is CORE’s Vice President of Language & Literacy. He leads the Educational Services division and is responsible for the day-to-day operations, training, and quality control of CORE’s educational consulting and management staff. Dale brings 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development/technical assistance, research, state-level policy work and administration, and curriculum development to schools and districts across the country.

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Contact CORE to learn more about CORE’s Adolescent Literacy Solutions.