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Literacy Collaborative. Achievement for Every Student. Literacy Collaborative Model. Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school reform model which includes long term professional development designed to improve student literacy.

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literacy collaborative
Literacy Collaborative

Achievement for

Every Student

literacy collaborative model
Literacy Collaborative Model
  • Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school reform model which includes long term professional development designed to improve student literacy.

Literacy Coordinator K-2

    • Ann Marie Herman
  • Literacy Leader 3-5
    • Amy Van Zanten
    • Individual Training
    • Staff Training/Coaching
  • Berea’s Literacy Collaborative Team
    • Classroom teachers K-5 and reading teachers
research tested
Research Tested
  • Lesley University engages in a network of universities nationwide to bring the most current research and best practices to schools implementing Literacy Collaborative.
  • These universities conduct systematic assessment of model implementation by collecting and analyzing student test results from Literacy Collaborative schools.
  • Their research results continue to shape the instructional framework of the model and revise the training and implementation process.

Literacy Collaborative:

  • Is aligned with New York State ELA Standards and supports the core performance indicators in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Addresses the five areas of reading instruction stressed in the No Child Left Behind Act: phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, fluency instruction, vocabulary instruction, and comprehension instruction
3 5 instructional framework components
3-5 Instructional Framework Components
  • Reading Workshop – 60 Minutes
  • Independent Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Literature Study
  • Writing Workshop – 60 Minutes
  • Independent Writing
  • Guided Writing
  • Investigations
  • Language and Work Study – 30 Minutes
  • Interactive Read Aloud, Modeled or Shared Reading/Writing, Readers’ Theatre, Choral Reading, Poetry Sharing/Response, Current Events, Interactive Edit, Interactive Vocabulary, Handwriting, Word Study
language and word study
Language and Word Study
  • Word Study- Teacher provides mini-lessons to help children learn more about how letters and words work.
  • Students work independently at a word/study center and share learning.
  • Teachers help children notice letters and words throughout the framework.
individualized spelling buddy study
Individualized Spelling:Buddy Study
  • Students choose words from personal word lists and word study lessons

Five Day Activities

Day #1: Choose, Write, and Build

Day #2: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check

Day #3: Buddy Check

Day #4: Making Connections

Day #5: Buddy Test

interactive writing and shared writing
Interactive Writing and Shared Writing
  • Interactive Writing – Teacher and students compose authentic writing pieces that are written using a “shared pen” technique.
  • Shared Writing- Teacher and students work together to compose writing pieces; teacher supports process as scribe.
interactive read aloud
Interactive Read Aloud

The teacher reads aloud to the whole class. A carefully selected body of children’s literature is used in a variety of genres for enjoyment, language, writer’s craft and comprehension.

shared reading
Shared Reading

Students join the teacher to read aloud (poetry, big books, songs, etc.) in unison from an enlarged text for the purpose of support in language, vocabulary, fluency, book features, content, and comprehension.

reading workshop
Reading Workshop
  • Guided Reading
    • The teacher works with a small group of students who have similar reading processes. Teacher supports students in fluency, reading strategies, vocabulary and comprehension.
literacy centers
Literacy Centers

Independent Literacy Centers

  • ABC
  • Poetry
  • Social Studies /Science
  • Writing
  • Art/Sketching
  • Listening
  • Computer
independent reading
Independent Reading
  • Students read on their own.
  • They learn to choose “Just Right” books.
  • Teachers conference with students
  • Students learn to respond through pictures, journals, Reader’s Notebook, letters to teachers, and small and whole group discussions-Literature Study
writer s workshop k 2
Writer’s Workshop K-2
  • Begins with storytelling
  • Sketching
  • Students write from their own experiences
  • Students learn to write different genres
writer s workshop 3 5
Writer’s Workshop 3-5
  • Independent Writing
    • Begins with mini-lesson based on needs of writers. “Individual”
  • Guided Writing
    • Small, temporary groups based on the writers’ needs at the time. “Homogeneous”
  • Investigations
    • Exploring topics in depth
    • Research skills – examine works of literature, study authors, content areas
Writing Mini-lessons
  • Teachers demonstrate the author’s craft in various genre.

Independent Writing

  • Students write in books they’ve made. Authors are their mentors.


  • Students take the author’s chair and read to the class for discussions.
  • Individualized attention to needs of writing, from mechanics to the author’s language to achieve growth as writers


We look forward to hearing your feedback regarding Literacy Collaborative as our implementation progresses 