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Developing a school wide literacy plan january 19 2010

Developing a School-wideLiteracy PlanJanuary 19, 2010

School Improvement Webinar Series www.acteonline.org/multimedia.aspx


Your moderator host and presenter

Your Moderator, Host and Presenter

Diana

Rogers

  • Regional Coordinator

  • HSTW NE Ohio Region

Catherine

Imperatore

  • Electronic Media Manager

  • ACTE

Paulette

Dewey

  • HSTW Technical Coach

  • HSTW NW Ohio Region


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Webinar outcomes

Webinar Outcomes

  • Describe literacy across the curriculum.

  • Recognize the importance of a school-wide literacy plan and focus.

  • Understand the steps in developing a literacy plan.

  • Identify diverse literacy team membership, process and work.

  • Understand how to effectively plan and implement a school-wide literacy plan.


Poll activity

Poll Activity

  • Is literacy an emphasis in your school?

  • a) It’s currently not a priority.

  • b) We see the specific need, but haven’t

    developed a plan.

  • c) We have a literacy team, but need direction.

  • d) Our team has started to address literacy

    strategies.

  • e) None of the above describes our situation.


Literacy across the curriculum

“Literacy” Across the Curriculum


Why literacy across curriculum

Why Literacy Across Curriculum?

  • 21st century employment challenges

  • Post-secondary education success

  • Direct correlation: educational level and economic security

  • Educational equity

  • Life-long positive experience


And gateway tests

And…Gateway Tests

  • Standardized tests: higher order

    reading and writing skills

  • OAT and OGT tests

  • ACT and SAT tests


School wide literacy plan

School-wide Literacy Plan

  • Getting Started: Appoint the right people to serve on the literacy focus team

  • Stage 1: Identify critical needs based upon the data

  • Stage 2: Developing the plan

  • State 3: Implementing the plan

  • Stage 4: Monitoring the plan


Getting started literacy team

Getting Started: Literacy Team

  • Teacher-based: core curriculum, arts, intervention specialist, career technical

  • School administrator

  • Parent and/or community representative

  • Student


What about

What about….

  • Literacy coach, curriculum director, reading specialist representatives?


Stage 1 identify critical need

Stage 1: Identify Critical Need

  • Test scores

  • Literacy climate: student reading, writing surveys

  • Teacher surveys

  • Finally, make a decision to move forward


Stage 2 developing the plan

Stage 2: Developing the Plan

Align and focus the plan:

  • HSTW/MMGW Site Action Plan, district’s school improvement plans

  • Review test scores – state report cards

  • Trend data

  • College readiness data


Gather teacher input

Gather Teacher Input

  • Perceptions

  • Needs

  • Skills and assets

  • School-wide goals


Set goals

Set Goals

Set …

Attainable…

Appropriate…

Targeted…

Goals!!!


Five goal literacy plan

Five Goal Literacy Plan

Goal 1: Students will read the equivalent of 25 books

per year across the curriculum

Goal 2: Students will write weekly in all classes for a

grade.

Goal 3: Students will use reading and writing

strategies to help them understand and use

the content of all classes.

Goal 4: Students will write research papers in all

classes.

Goal 5: Students will be taught as if they were in an

honor language arts classes.


Research based strategies

Research-based Strategies

Goal 1: Students will read the equivalent of 25 books

per year across the curriculum.

Strategy: Silent Sustained Reading and Reflection

Goal 2: Students will write weekly in all classes for a

grade.

Strategy: School-wide Writing Rubric

Goal 3: Students will use reading and writing

strategies to help them understand and use

the content of all classes.

Strategy: Pre and Post Reading Strategies


Poll activity1

Poll Activity

  • Have you initiated any of these strategies?

  • a) Silent Sustained Reading and Reflection

  • b) Writing Across the Curriculum

  • c) Pre and Post Reading Strategies

  • d) Research Writing Strategies

  • e) Vocabulary Across the Curriculum


Adopt a three year literacy plan

Adopt a Three-Year Literacy Plan

  • Examine SREB’s five literacy goals and select initial goals appropriate to your data

  • Select and pilot research-based strategies

  • Plan to phase in whole-school implementation over three years

  • Don’t take on too much too soon!


Stage 3 implementing the plan

Stage 3: Implementing the Plan

  • Focus on targeted goals and strategies—not just “literacy across the curriculum.”

  • Recognize the literacy strands in all courses.

  • Technological literacy embedded


Provide focused pd

Provide Focused PD

  • Prepare a schedule of professional development for the entire school year.

    • At least 40 hours of job embedded professional development with follow through on selected literacy strategies (i.e. demonstration classrooms)

  • Elicit and encourage a variety of attendees to professional development

  • Teacher transparency: successes and struggles.

  • Offer retraining on all strategies each year.


Recommended pd and resources

Recommended PD and Resources

  • HSTW Annual Conference

  • SREB Bureau of Presenters

  • Collins Writing Across the Curriculum

  • Max Teaching Strategies with Mark

    Forget

  • Regional HSTW workshops

  • Local, state education consortiums


Most importantly

Most Importantly

Keep Communication Alive!

In all aspects of the

Implementation Stage


Model literacy strategies

Model Literacy Strategies

During faculty meetings:

  • Use adopted literacy strategies to gather teacher feedback

  • Share peer observations of demonstration classrooms

  • Ask departments to showcase a literacy strategy


Stage 4 monitoring the plan

Stage 4:Monitoring the Plan

  • Be attuned to incoming data

  • Be thoughtful of attitudes and concerns

  • Involve data focus team throughout

  • Continue teacher input, surveys, questionnaire box…

  • Revise the plan at least annually


Developing a school wide literacy plan january 19 2010

Emphasis on Literacy Across the Curriculum

Students report:

  • They often used word-processing software to complete an assignment or project.

  • They often revised their essays or other written work several times to improve their quality.

  • They sometimes or often were asked to write in-depth explanations about a class project or activity.

  • They discussed or debated topics with other students about what they read in English or language arts classes at least monthly.


Developing a school wide literacy plan january 19 2010

Emphasis on Literacy Across the Curriculum

Students report:

  • They read and interpreted technical books and manuals to complete assignments in their career/technical classes at least monthly (CT students only).

  • They read an assigned book and demonstrated understanding of the significance of the main ideas at least monthly.

  • In a typical week, they read non-school-related materials outside of class for two or more hours.

  • They completed short writing assignments of one to three pages for which they received a grade in their English classes; in their science classes; in their social studies classes at least monthly.


Developing a school wide literacy plan january 19 2010

Emphasis on Literacy Across the Curriculum

Intensive: 7 to 10 indicators

Moderate: 4 to 6 indicators

Low: 0 to 3 indicators

Percentage of students who met the readiness goals in reading, mathematics and science each category

Intensive

Moderate

Low

Reading Mathematics Science

Reading Mathematics Science

Reading Mathematics Science


Reflection on the literacy plan

Reflection on the Literacy Plan

  • Are our goals targeted and realistic?

  • Are our decisions being data-driven?

  • Are our stakeholders involved in decision-making?

  • Are we communicating clearly & often with our colleagues?

  • Are we ready to re-assess goals with additional data?

  • Are our students achieving at higher levels?


School wide literacy plan checklist

School-wide Literacy Plan Checklist

  • Create a literacy focus team

  • Gather school data

  • Set attainable, focused goals

  • Provide targeted professional development

  • Communicate with all staff members regularly

  • Review incoming data regularly

  • Celebrate successes


Recommended resources

Recommended Resources

Publications:

Literacy Across the Curriculum: Setting and Implementing Goals for Grades Six Through 12http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/pubs/LiteracyGuide.asp

Macrorie, Ken. I Search Paper. Heinemann, 2000, www.heinemann.com

Romano, Tom. Blending Genre, Altering Style. Heinemann, 1988 www.heinemann.com

Websites:

www.sreb.org

www.maxteaching.com


Questions1

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Question

Question

Do you have a literacy plan template or list of strategies that most schools use in developing a literacy plan?


Question1

Question

What professional development is available to assist school teams in learning more about developing a school-wide literacy plan?


More q a

More Q & A

Questions and responses


Contact information

Contact Information

If you have questions or would like to learn more

about developing a school-wide literacy plan, please

contact:

Paulette Dewey, HSTW Technical Coach

[email protected]


Next webinar in the series

Next Webinar in the Series

Establishing an Effective

Advisor/Advisee Program

Vicki Hunt, HSTW Site Coordinator/Practitioner

February 16, 2010

from 11:30 – 12:30 ET


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