December ELA Update

ELA Update sent out on the first Tuesday of each month

What are you doing and why? - Instructional Strategy

Are you kids connecting with your lessons? Do they understand why this is important? This quick video highlights this quick and easy strategy to help you students connect with your teaching.


What is the Science of Reading?

Have you heard of LETRS, but unsure what it stands for? Are you hearing more and more about the Science of Reading, but need some clarification? This quick article by Dr. Louisa Moats is a great place to start.

Why Every Educator Needs to Understand the "Science of Reading"

MPS will begin another LETRS cohort in May 2022. Information will be sent out in April and 60 teachers will be selected to attend. We hope that all elementary teachers will go through this training over the next few years.

To learn more, check out The Reading League!

ELA Textbook Adoption - It's Really Happening

This month the OSDE approved a list of ELA Curriculum options. Our MPS Steering Committee is working now to put together the schedule for January - March. Each school will have a committee member work to narrow the field of options down to two selections. We will be adopting materials based on the Textbook Selection Procedure per School Board Policy.

Remember, in order to vote you must attend a textbook presentation once the field has been narrowed down to two options. We plan for those meetings to take place in late February and early March. Updates will be sent out via email and this newsletter.

Upcoming Professional Development

Phonics Secret Stories

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 4:30pm

1801 South Bryant Avenue

Moore, OK

Learn how to incorporate the "Secret Stories" of Phonics into your classroom. Each participant will receive a set of posters for their classroom. If you haven't already sent an RSVP, you can do so here.

To learn more about Secret Stories, check out their website

Phonics and Spelling with Phoneme Grapheme Mapping - Part 1

Tuesday, Jan. 11th 2022 at 4:30pm

500 North Norman Avenue

Moore, OK

How to teach spelling/phonics/word study with the “Science of Reading”. This training goes in depth on how you can take your instruction to the next level to reach all learners. All attendees will receive their own copy of the book. For more information visit this link.

This is a two part series. The 2nd part will take place on January 25th.

To RSVP click here.

Podcast of the Month

Need something new to listen to? Try the Teaching Reading and Learning (TRL) Podcast by The Reading League.

Learn more here

Michelle Burks

Currently Reading: Go tell the Bees I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon