TRAILBLAZERS

PUSD Workshop Project - Vol. 2 Iss. 2 - Sept. 20, 2016

Big image

Dear Trailblazers

Congratulations on launching your reading and writing workshops!


I know you have each worked tirelessly to build literature-rich classroom learning environments that invite kids into real reading and writing experiences.


In this issue of Trailblazers, you'll find...


  • Shout Outs - from whole school to grade-level to teacher specific AND from high school to primary grades
  • Writing Units of Study PRE On-Demand performance assessment reminders and guidelines
  • Great online resources that share helpful tips for specific aspects of your reading and writing workshops
  • Helpful websites to check out for additional support
  • Important PD dates to put on your calendar


Tomorrow, we invite our school principals to McKinley for our first Writing Leadership Lab where we will visit writing workshop "lab" classrooms to study the architecture of a minilesson, fine-tune our own teaching methods, and collaborate in order to strengthen our schoolwide efforts in writing. Look for photos in the next issue!


Happy Trailblazing!


Jamie

Writing Workshop September Goals

  • To launch your writing (and reading) workshops!
  • To implement these three components within your daily writing workshop: 1) minilesson, 2) independent writing time w/ conferences, 3) share time.
  • To build a strong community of writers within your writing workshop.

Shout Outs

What's happening in your reading and writing workshops? Send Jamie photos to share with our Trailblazer community. We want to spotlight your efforts and continue to learn from each other!
SHOUT OUT to John Muir High School for conducting their first school-wide WRITING LAB!


Principal Tim Sippel, Assistant Principal Gloria Rodriguez, and Coach Jose Ortega are leading the way in secondary school-wide reform in writing -- along with their four Trailblazing 9th grade English teachers: Donna Tucker, Totam Dao, Janus Stetchel, and Jeanna Jaramillo.

Big image

These ongoing school-wide WRITING LABS are aligned to Muir's AIM that 100% of their students will demonstrate mastery in argument writing by end of year, and to one of the goals set by their ILT in order to meet that AIM -- to coordinate strategic collaboration of content reading and writing among departments and within academy cohorts.


WRITING LABS provide space for teachers to study student writing (their products and processes) together. Each teacher brings one piece of student writing from their class, they write about why they brought that one piece (we call this a one-pager), and then they share their one-pager and the student's writing within diverse, supportive communities made up of colleagues and school leaders.


After Muir's first WRITING LAB, Coach Jose Ortega shared: "I would say what made the biggest impact for Muir teachers who are participating in their first ever writing lab as a staff) was that they got to see what other departments are asking students to produce. It was an opportunity to take a peek into what other departments expect from their students in the area of writing."

What do our students have to say about their experiences in Reading Workshop? Just ask them, and they'll tell you! Check out what this reader in Kristin Vigil's workshop had to say....
Reading Workshop in the Starlight Cafe
What does the READING ZONE look, sound, and feel like? Check out Lisa Muthiah's 2nd grade readers demonstrate this below -- just five weeks into the school year....
2nd Grade Readers Enter the Reading Zone
How might we encourage students to develop reading lives at home, too? Ask Jessica McFall and Kristin Vigil....
Big image
At McKinley each Trailblazer teachers has developed his or her own class Facebook page to share with the larger community the great learning that is happening in their workshop classrooms.


In their first reading unit of study, Kristin and Jessica are teaching their 3rd grade readers how to build strong reading lives not only at school but also at home. To encourage and support this, they asked families to take photos of their child reading in the comfy reading spot they set up at home (see photos below).


What a great way to support our students as they build authentic reading lives and encourage family engagement!

A Note About Writing UoS On-Demand Performance Assessments Guidelines

Some of you have emailed for reminders regarding writing unit of study on-demand performance assessment expectations and guidelines. Here they are in a nutshell:


  • Administer the PRE narrative on-demand performance assessment prior to starting the narrative unit. The instructions and prompt are on page 182 in the Writing Pathways book.
  • Analyze the writing using the two-column analysis chart we used in institute. Jot an anecdotal note of "already knows" and "ready for" for each student in your class using the one sheet. Use the narrative checklist. Use the language of the narrative checklist to record your anecdotal notes.
  • Identify trends/patterns to inform your narrative unit of study minilesson planning and upcoming conferences.
  • We will engage in this PRE analysis process together during future unit planning/lab PD days.
  • You do not need to score the PRE writing against the narrative rubric, unless you wish to have a more concrete score at the start and end of the unit to measure growth.


I will share more information in the coming weeks regarding POST on-demand performance assessment expectations and guidelines. Thank you for reaching out for clarification. Let me know if you have more questions!

Online WRITING Food For Thought

Check out these grade-level writing unit of study orientation videos that Heinemann and Calkins just released! What a great resource. You will be prompted to enter your name, email, school, etc. But then you have access to your grade-level video for free! Follow the link below....
Wondering how to best use your time when students are taking the on-demand assessment. Start research and analyzing! See great tips below....
Need help setting up strong partnerships?! Here you go....
Calling all PreK and K teachers! Here's a great post for you....

Online READING Food for Thought

Need tips on how to better organize books in your library? Here you go!!!
Great article to share with families about how to support their child as a reader outside of school!
Helpful assessment tips -- from one amazing reading teacher to another....
A must read for PreK and K teachers....
Add this book to your TBR (to be read) list! This author is also coming out with a similar writing strategies book in the next year!
Want to know the characteristics of texts at each level -- A to Z? Check out this helpful resource, one that could be shared in a purposeful way with parents rather that simply a reading letter that doesn't hold much meaning alone.

Websites & Blogs Worth Following


Columbia University's Teachers College Reading & Writing Project has a collection of classroom videos on Vimeo that take you inside reading and writing workshops at various grade levels. Check them out here: https://vimeo.com/tcrwp/albums

Mark Your Calendars!

K-8 Reading Units of Study Planning & Lab PD Day

Tuesday, Oct. 11th, 8:30am-3pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Who:

  • All K-8 teachers implementing Reading Units of Study AND their site-based coaches


Where:

  • McKinley LIBRARY


K-5 Teachers Bring:

  • Your grade-level Reading Unit of Study #2
  • Your students' Reading Unit #2 PRE Performance Assessments


6-8 Teachers Bring:

  • Your grade-level Reading Unit of Study #1 or #2 (based on your pacing calendar)
  • Your students' Reading Unit #1 POST or #2 PRE Performance Assessments (based on your pacing calendar)


Site-based Coaches Bring:
  • Your copy of each of the grade-level Reading Units of the teachers whom you are coaching

Kinder Writing Units of Study Planning & Lab PD Day

Wednesday, Oct. 12th, 8:30am-3pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Who:

  • All Kindergarten teachers implementing Writing Units of Study AND their site-based coaches


Where:

  • McKinley LIBRARY


Teachers Bring:

  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your Information Writing Unit of Study (spiral-bound unit from the kit)
  • Your students' PRE Information Writing On-Demands
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop


Site-based Coaches Bring:
  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your copy of the kindergarten Information Writing Units of Study
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop

Grades 1-2 Writing Units of Study Planning & Lab PD Day

Tuesday, Oct. 25th, 8:30am-3pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Who:

  • All Kindergarten teachers implementing Writing Units of Study AND their site-based coaches


Where:

  • McKinley LIBRARY


Teachers Bring:

  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your Information Writing Unit of Study (spiral-bound unit from the kit)
  • Your students' PRE Information Writing On-Demands
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop


Site-based Coaches Bring:
  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your copies of the 1st and/or 2nd grade Information units -- bring those that represent the grade-level(s) your teachers are implementing
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop

Grades 3-5 Writing Units of Study Planning & Lab PD Day

Wednesday, Oct. 26th, 8:30am-3pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

Who:

  • All teachers implementing the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade Writing Units of Study AND their site-based coaches


Where:

  • McKinley LIBRARY


Teachers Bring:

  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your Information Writing Unit of Study (spiral-bound unit from the kit)
  • Your students' PRE Information Writing On-Demands
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop


Site-based Coaches Bring:
  • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
  • Your copies of the 3rd, 4th, and/or 5th grade Information units -- bring those that represent the grade-level(s) your teachers are implementing
  • Charged Chromebook or laptop

Grades 6-9 Writing Units of Study Planning & Lab PD Day

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 8:30am-3pm

325 South Oak Knoll Avenue

Pasadena, CA

  • Who:

    • All 6th through 9th grade teachers implementing the Writing Units of Study AND their site-based coaches, when applicable


    Where:

    • McKinley LIBRARY


    Teachers Bring:

    • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
    • Your Information Writing Unit of Study (spiral-bound unit from the kit)
    • Your students' PRE Information Writing On-Demands
    • Charged Chromebook or laptop


    Site-based Coaches Bring:
    • The book from your kit titled: A Guide to the Common Core Writing Workshop
    • Your copies of the 6th, 7th, and/or 8th grade Information units -- bring those that represent the grade-level(s) your teachers are implementing
    • Charged Chromebook or laptop

Looking Ahead...

2016-17 Reading & Writing Unit of Study Planning & Lab PD Days

December 2016 - Unit #3 (Opinion) Planning & Lab PD Dates:
  • Tues, 12/6: K-8 Reading Units of Study
  • Thurs, 12/8: Kinder Writing Units of Study
  • Tues, 12/13: Gr. 1-2 Writing Units of Study
  • Wed, 12/14: Gr. 3-5 Writing Units of Study
  • Thurs, 12/15: Gr. 6-9 Writing Units of Study


February - Unit #4 Planning & Lab PD Dates:

  • Tues, 2/7: K-8 Reading Units of Study
  • Thurs, 2/9: Kinder Writing Units of Study
  • Tues, 2/14: Gr. 1-2 Writing Units of Study
  • Wed, 2/15: Gr. 3-5 Writing Units of Study
  • Thurs, 2/16: Gr. 6-9 Writing Units of Study


April 2017 - Unit #5 (Reteach/Choice) Planning & Lab PD Dates:

  • Tues, 4/4: K-8 Reading Units of Study
  • Thurs, 4/6: Kinder Writing Units of Study
  • Tues, 4/11: Gr. 1-2 Writing Units of Study
  • Wed, 4/12: Gr. 3-5 Writing Units of Study
  • Thurs, 4/13: Gr. 6-9 Writing Units of Study

2016-17 Principal & Coach Writing Labs

Principal Writing Labs
  • Wed, 9/21
  • Wed, 11/16
  • Wed, 1/25
  • Wed, 3/15


Coach Writing Labs

  • Mon, 10/10
  • Mon, 11/28
  • Mon, 1/30
  • Mon, 4/4