“Making Every Minute Count”. Idlewild Elementary School. In-Service July 31, 2014 Virginia N. Acey, PLC Coach. guiding Questions. How can we increase the rate of improvement of our students in l iteracy and math? H ow can we ensure that all students experience high levels of success?.
“Making Every Minute Count”
Idlewild Elementary School
July 31, 2014
Virginia N. Acey, PLC Coach
literacy and math?
Curriculum and Instruction
Idlewild’s Goals 2014-2015
The SCS Literacy Framework for 2014-15 contains three critical areas where improvements are needed. To have a
coherent and aligned district literacy program, schools will need to make decisions about how to improve their instructional
programs in the following areas:
Overview of Literacy Priority Areas
Goal: To ensure that all students in grades K-3 acquire the foundational skills needed for them to be proficient readers at the end of third grade.
Goal: To ensure that all students in grades 4-12 acquire the foundational skills needed for them to be proficient writers at the end of each grade level.
RTI2 READING INTERVENTION
Goal: To ensure that all students receive the support they need to be successful readers and writers.
2014-2015 SCS Literacy Framework
•The K‐3 yearlong course will be offered to all K‐3
teachers except those who took the course last year.
•Sopris is providing the materials and the training of
•The TNDOE has provided a walkthrough instrument to accompany the training.
The Structure of the Sopris Course
•PLC coaches or designates will be trained as trainers by Sopris
•Trainers will re‐deliver the content on district learning days.
•Teachers will receive “bridge to practice” (homework)
assignments for each training.
•PLC coaches or designates will lead PLC meetings to discuss the bridge to practice.
Writing Grades 4 & 5
•Should be connected to reading
•Focus on writing informational/explanatory and opinion pieces
•Ensure that students are citing evidence from the texts they are
•Use the rubrics and scoring resources on the TNCore website
•Follow the TNDOE writing plan
Think -Pair-Share Activity
Discuss with your partner:
How can we increase the rate of improvement of our students in
literacy and math? How can we ensure that all students experience high levels of success?
Fist to Five
Fist –No understanding (I don’t have a clue.)
3 Fingers – Moderate understanding (I think I get it, but I’m not completely comfortable.)
5 Fingers – Complete understanding (Let me teach the topic myself.)
Form groups of 4.
Select a summarizer, questioner, clarifier, and a predictor.
1. The predictor will predict what the text is about.
2. The Summarizer will highlight key points from the text.
3. The Questioner will pose questions about the text.
4. The Clarifier will address confusing parts and attempt to answer the questions that were posed.
Questions, Comments, Concerns
Thank you for your participation and active engagement!
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