Shifting the negative to the positive: local teacher heroes are making a difference!. Dr. Darl Kiernan Lauren Torvinen. Tea Party. Today’s Objectives. To share some of the encouraging and positive developments we have gathered in our work
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Dr. Darl Kiernan
“Anyone attempting to change public education faces and uphill battle just to get his or her message heard. The institution is big and culturally entrenched. Most educators are overburdened.”
What has led to the overburden?
“If we constantly choose to focus on the negative things that occur in our classrooms, our schools, and our district, then we become more negative. Conversely, when we choose to put our attention on the hopeful, encouraging, positive developments that occur within our schools, we become more positive.”
How do we become more intentional with our use of effective literacy strategies and materials aligned to the CCSS, to foster more literate students?
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
What is your action step?
This is really important information.
I’d like clarification or elaboration.
I knew this already.
“It is a helpful class. I enjoyed it. This year was a lot easier because of this class. When I first came to this class I didn’t like to do anything like Reading or Writing. But thanks to Mrs. Z and Mrs. G. it’s my favorite thing to do when I’m in school. This class is very helpful.” (9th grader)
11thand 12th graders who participated in the literacy support class showed more growth (53pts) than students who did not participate in the intervention (48pts) (average growth)
Sample size= 106 students
64% increased their total spelling scores
I loved reading the student comments and am happy to see the students were able to understand their growth and how the Literacy Support class contributed to it. Thank you for all your efforts and positive energy this year. I believe both you and Lauren provided an environment where some of our teachers were able to overcome their anxiety working on something they never planned to have to do in a secondary school. For other teachers, it provided an opportunity to make a commitment to focus on what they understand is important; but may never have been able to devote the time because they were struggling with embedding it into their curriculum. Thank you so much!
“This specific design for early intervention at the high school level holds great promise. It holds the potential of providing a high quality model-not only for this local district, but for the entire nation.” Dr. Kevin Laxalt
Who is your community?
What would you like to share?
Where will you begin?
No more excuses.