K-5 Literacy Update

May 4, 2015

K-5 Literacy Academic Focus

1. Integration of evidence based best practices across reading and writing using a balanced literacy approach

2. Instruction on the five fundamental components of reading

3. Instruction on the traits of writing

4. Student writing using sources

5. Tiered instruction implemented in whole group, small group, and intervention settings

Coaches Academy Meeting

Our final meeting is this Tuesday, May 5th. Bring your Writing Pathways book and student writing samples as requested in the email sent last week. See you there!

Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) Elementary Reading Academy: Year in Review

This year, the Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) Elementary Reading Academy offered educators fundamental knowledge in effective Common Core-aligned and research-based reading practices for all learners. By completing five topical sessions, participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the critical components for effective reading instruction: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The learning included explicit connections to special education, English learners, and other target populations. See picture #1 and #3 below for a snapshot of the learning as participants recapped their experience in the Academy.

Twelve participants who previously completed the CORE Elementary Reading Academy, were selected to serve as district level CORE trainers during the 2014-2015 school year. These individuals engaged in 9-days of intensive training in preparation to present the professional development to teachers within the district. See picture #2 below of trainers receiving certificates of completion from our CORE liaison Susan Van Zant.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining the CORE Elementary Reading Academy, sign up to participate in the Summer 2015 Cohort by using course #64448. Space is limited.

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Free Access to Digital Books All Summer

myON Reader has partnered with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign to provide every child in Georgia with FREE access anytime, anywhere to a library of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports — over the entire summer.

These digital books really bring stories to life and provide audio support that creates a truly magical experience for kids and teens, making the joy of reading fun for all!

Click here to access the digital library using the credentials below:

School Name: Get Georgia Reading (start typing “Get Georgia Reading” and select from the drop down menu)

Username and password: read

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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Step Up to Writing Training (Grades 3-5): May 26, 28 (Course #156855)

2015-16 English Language Arts Curriculum Overview: May 27 (Course #156856)

Journeys Textbook Training (Grades K-2): May 26-28 (Pending Vendor Confirmation)

CORE Elementary Reading Academy: June 15-19 (Course # 64448)

Dr. Adrienne Simmons, K-5 Literacy Coordinator