Literacy is a core component in all high performing schools. Drawing from national expertise and successful practitioners our team will build literacy knowledge, skills and efficacy across the system and in every classroom.
Our approach to developing your school leaders as Literacy Leaders will ensure the epic impact we make in your literacy culture and literacy practices will stick. Our approach for school leaders include 1) Understanding quality literacy frameworks and instruction, 2) Coaching and supporting literacy instruction and assessment for teachers and literacy coaches and 3) Leveraging time, talent, and resources in a thriving literacy culture.
True coherence only happens in a literacy culture when teachers understand the why, how and what to teaching reading. A coherent literacy framework must include a focus on 1) learning reading, 2) learning about reading, and 3) learning through reading. In addition, no literacy framework is complete without strategies to increase 4) family engagement.
In learning reading students develop confidence, skills, stamina and a love for reading by choosing their own books, participating in book fairs, and buddy reading. Teachers strategically provide regularly scheduled time and a variety of resources for independent reading time, and “read alouds” to create a passion and love for reading.
In learning about reading, students develop the literacy skills to read across genres, read beyond difficult words, make predictions and know when to re-read difficult passages. Teachers facilitate this learning by focusing on students’ needs and personalizing reading instruction and strategies. Students develop skills through guided reading, feedback, powerful and purposeful mini lessons, and conferencing with the teacher.
During learning through reading, the student uses his or her reading skills as a tool for literacy discussions, to explore all the world has to offer in print and on the web, and mastering content in a variety of disciplines. The teacher, still the facilitator, uses strategies to engage and empower reading in the classroom.
While family social-economic status has an influence on student reading skills, it cannot be an excuse for not having a literacy culture in a school. Every thriving literacy culture must provide opportunities for family engagement, parent education and shared learning between children and families. Strategies include family reading nights, incorporating opportunities to showcase and model reading at family events, sending books home with kids and a summer reading program.
Developing a literacy culture is paramount in creating a high performing school. Contact us so we can share our implementation strategy from a summer school/summer institute launch, to our onsite and virtual coaching.