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Curriculum & Instructional Projects at the Florida Center for Reading Research Research Symposium November 6, 2006 FCRR
Curriculum & Instructional Projects TeamMarcia Kosanovich-Director Michelle Wahl Mary VanSciver Georgia Jordan Lila Rissman Elissa Arndt Teresa Logan Connie Weinstein Meghann Montgomery
FCRR Reports • 4 page reviews of Reading Programs & Professional Development • Description • Alignment with Current Research • Review of Empirical Research • Strengths and Weaknesses • Florida districts that implement the program • Program’s website link • References • To be a reliable resource for school districts as they make decisions about instructional materials • http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/index.aspx
Reviewer Guidelines & Glossary for FCRR Reports • Guidelines developed & used by the Curriculum Team to conduct reviews of reading programs • Glossary of reading terms to provide consistent use of language • FCRR Reports: http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/index.aspx • Guidelines: http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/guidelines.htm
FAQs about FCRR Reports • Our response to the flood of emails and phone calls regarding FCRR Reports • http://www.fcrr.org/FCRRReports/faq.htm
Professional Development for Use of Guidelines • Two Day Professional Development in the use of our Guidelines for the 16 Regional Centers across the United States. • These Regional Centers will use this professional development to train State Level Departments of Education to conduct their own reviews. • Collaboration between Curriculum Team at FCRR and National K-12 Center on Instruction (COI), Reading Strand
Curriculum Library • Reading and Professional Development Curricula that have been reviewed by the Curriculum Team • Third Floor • Check out procedure
Reading First Site Visits • Jane Meadows-Director of Professional Development • Site visits are conducted at a random sample of 10% of Reading First schools • Interviews with principals, reading coaches, teacher focus groups • Classroom observations (formal and informal) • Student Data • Summary Report for the School • Many of the C & I Projects are a direct result of information collected from these site visits.
FAQs About Reading Instruction • In response to site visits, phone calls, emails from reading coaches, teachers, administrators, and visitors to our website • http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/curriculumInstructionFaq1.htm
Principal Walkthrough Checklists, K-3 • To provide principals with a framework for observing reading instruction during the 90 minute reading block • This tool provides a snapshot of classroom organization, instruction, and learning opportunities • Indicators focus on the learning environment and include instructional strategies essential for reading including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension • http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/PDF/PrincipalWalkthroughFirstGrade%20Final.pdf
Student Center ActivitiesGrades K-5 • Independent student center reading activities were developed to reinforce high quality reading instruction in the five components of reading • Accompanying these activities is a Teacher Resource Guide and Professional Development DVD that offers important insights on differentiated instruction and how to use the student center materials • K-1 Student Center Activities • 2-3 Student Center Activities • 4-5 Student Center Activities (currently being developed) • http://www.fcrr.org/curriculum/studentCenterActivities.htm
Differentiated Reading Instruction: Alternative Lesson Structures for All Students • This document was prepared to provide guidance to Reading First Coaches and Teachers regarding alternative lesson structures for providing small group, differentiated instruction to students in grades K-3 within Reading First schools in Florida. • http://www.fcrr.org/assessment/pdf/smallGroupAlternativeLessonStructures.pdf
Teacher Knowledge of Reading(TKR) • Teacher Academies, K-3 • Designed to specifically address the content in the academy as well as broad and deep knowledge about the reading process • This test also evaluates teachers’ knowledge of appropriate assessment and instructional practices for teaching reading.
Florida Teacher Certification Exam Revisions • Reading K-12 • Pre-K through Third Grade • Elementary Education, K-6 (reading section) • Professional Education • Media Specialist • http://www.firn.edu/doe/sas/ftce/ftcecomp.htm • Currently being revised: • ESE • Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE)
Support for FCRR Projects • Empowering Teachers • Intervention Newsletter • Empowering Principals • Progress Monitoring & Reporting Network (PMRN) • National K-12 Center on Instruction, Reading Strand • Content Questions via email & phone
Support for JR,F! Initiatives • Florida’s Reading Endorsement • Reading First Focus School Site Visits • Learning Essentials and Reading Network (LEaRN) • FCAT Explorer • Revisions to Sunshine State Standards • Florida Reading Adoption Specifications • Grant Reviews • Technical Assistance regarding Curriculum & Instruction
Presentations • National • State • District • Principals • Coaches • Teachers • School Psychologists • SLPs • After School
Thank you! Curriculum & Instructional Projects Team: http://www.fcrr.org/Curriculum/curriculum.htm