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Using Data to Improve Literacy 3B – January 2017

In January we moved into the Progress Monitoring portion of using data.

In this session we reviewed the 8 basic steps of progress monitoring, the makeup of progress monitoring teams, how you are documenting the conversation occuring at meetings, and how you are monitoring your progress monitoring plans that you have created.  Getting to this level of conversation in analyzing your data sets you up for efficient work in your interventions.

Overview PowerPoint for the Session: Link

Next session we will move into the next step of the outcomes driven model reviewing the outcomes.  This will get us looking at a summary of effectiveness report.  In otherwords is our curriculum continuing to be effective with kids as the year goes on.

See you in March!

Essential Early Literacy Practices 1A – January 2017

Ringing in the New Year with new knowledge around read alouds.  In January Kim VanAntwerp walked through the key components highlighted in Essential Practice #2 focused around Read Alouds.  Kim provided many activities, ideas, research and videos that continue to encourage us to further explore/learn about read alouds and how to get them to be an essential component to our literacy practice.

There were also some additional resources shared that would of value for you to explore around read alouds.

Overview Powerpoint for the Session: Link
Jennifer’s Powerpoint on Essential Practice #4: Link
Grab and Go for Essential Practice #4: Link

Katie Momber will lead us through Essential Practice #7 when we get together in March.

Using Data to Improve Literacy 3B – December 2016

In our December meeting we started by looking into the 5 Essential Building Blocks of Reading.  In this exploration we also discussed how these might evolve from K-3 to 4-12.

We then transitioned into the first two steps of the Outcomes-Driven model: looking at data to identify, and validate where the need for support would be needed the most.  This in some cases even led to writing a SMART Goal to propose how we might be able to measure improvement for the support that we offered to students.  The process was modeled quickly and then turned over to participants to try the process with the data from their own district.  Great data analysis was taking place digging deeper into areas to identify for more focus in instruction and support.

Overview PowerPoint for the Session: Link

Have a great Holiday Break and please bring progress monitoring data with you to our January session as we will be moving into that stage of the Outcomes-Driven Model.

Happy Holidays!

Essential Early Literacy Practices 1A – December 2016

In December we delved deeply into Essential Practice #4.  Jennifer Merkel broke down the idea of making sure we have our students participating in activites that build phonological awareness.  She provided many activities, ideas, and research that continue to encourage us to further explore/learn and more importantly explicitly teach skills around Phonological Awareness and Phonemic awareness to our students.  Especially in the earlier grades.

There were also some additional resources referenced including the Kent ISD Early Literacy Coaches Grab and Go Resource on Essential Practice #4.

Overview Powerpoint for the Session: Link
Jennifer’s Powerpoint on Essential Practice #4: Link
Grab and Go for Essential Practice #4: Link

Kim VanAntwerp will lead us through Essential Practice #2 when we get together in January.  Happy Holidays!

Using Data to Improve Literacy 3B – September 2016

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth assessment conversation.

In this first session we had a chance to explore the different types of assessment that we are using in our educational systems to improve student achievement.  We brainstormed what the different assessment data we collect means and what measures we are collecting that satisfy these different assessment types.  We also briefly explored reliable and valid data and rolled out the Outcomes-Driven Model for analyzing and interpreting our assessment data.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/2cr95km

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared with assessment data to use in activities that we will accomplish.  We will be looking into identifying and validating the data that we are currently collecting.  Modeling will be included.

Essential Early Literacy Practices 1A – September 2016

Thanks for participating in our first session it was great to meet all of you and get our year started off on a great foot with some in-depth early literacy  conversation.

In this first session we had a chance to explore the Essential Early Literacy Practices.  This discussion was centered around the Essential Early Literacy Practices Document that came out for the State.  In our discussion we talked through the key information on the first pages and explored the structure of how the Essentials are laid out in the document.  We also had the opportunity to dig deeper in to Essential #1 with our own KISD Early Literacy Coach Sarah Shoemaker.  A special thanks to her for being available and sharing her learning around that practice.

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/2crKiL8

Homework for next Session: Please come prepared to further explore Essential Practice #4.  Kent ISD Literacy Coach Jennifer Merkel will be taking us through this work and digging deeper into what the practice calls for in our work.

New Essential Literacy Practice Documents for the State of Michigan

New from the Early Literacy Task Force of the General Education Leadership Network of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators:

New Resources

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Prekindergarten
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state.

Click here to view the full pdf.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Grades K-3
GELN and its Early Literacy Task Force are pleased to share these Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Grades K-3. The purpose of these essentials is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state. Stay tuned for more information on how we are using the documents to strengthen instruction.

Click here to view the full pdf.

K-12 Grammar That Transfers with MAISA Units – March 2016

We had some practical applications of grammar instruction in this session.  We started right off with experiencing a lesson created through the inspiration of our very book “Mechanically Inclined.”  That lesson can be found here.  Then we experienced Jeff in action teaching to coordinating conjunctions through his video series which, don’t forget, can be checked out through the REMC located right here at Kent ISD!

Here is the PPT we worked through: http://bit.ly/225tonq

Homework for next Session: Please come with a grammar mini-lesson you recently taught, observed, or plan to teach or observe so we can discuss what we see for next steps in Grammar work in our classrooms/buildings/districts.

K-12 Empowering Students and Inspiring Learning Through Assessment – March 2016

In our March session we started the conversation discussing the different types of assessment that we collect around our students and how we utilize that information then to guide instruction and curriculum moving forward.

We also explored the idea of an assessment system and what considerations and components would make up such a system in our classroom, building, district.  We then turned to Rick (in our book) to see what he had to say around these same talking points.

PPT for the Day can be Accessed here.

Homework for next Session: Please come next session with sample assessment from your level of influence.  This might be a classroom assessment, common assessment, or district assessment.  We will be looking at these items and talking about how these items connect to the work we have completed in this session over the year!

LCN Topic Session March – Community Literacy: Literacy Summit

Hello Group,
Thanks for joining us in our breakout session in March.
It was great to clarify the role/vision/mission of the Literacy Center of West Michigan.  You were able to get a view of how they are striving to create a just and vibrant community, here in West Michigan, through the power of literacy.  We explored structural changes for the Community Literacy Initiative, areas of focus and the topic for next Fall’s Community Literacy Summit.  As promised here is a link to the PPT of resources presented and feel free to contact Kaylee Moreno or Mark Raffler for any additional questions that you may have.

Kaylee and Mark