Quarter 1 :|: October 2022
We started the 2021-2022 school year at ground zero, with limited universal screener data, no diagnostic data, spotty quality tier 1 instruction in areas the of phonemic awareness and phonics, no consistent ELA curriculum, a non-existent Decision Framework, tier 2 or 3 interventions that offered inconsistent results, and limited knowledge and understanding of The Science of Reading, The Simple View of Reading, and Structured Literacy.
With a lot of researching, networking, and the cooperation of an amazing staff, we are starting this year having conquered all of last year's goals! We now have a universal screener that is offering pertinent data, every student flagged off track is being given diagnostic assessments as well as quality tier 2 interventions during elementary W.I.N. time and in middle school classrooms, Heggerty's PA curriculum is being implemented throughout K-5. We have adopted a K-2 ELA curriculum this year, will be adopting 3-5 next year, and are piloting in 6-8. A working Decision Framework has been created and implemented. We have been given multiple opportunities to lead professional development for our staff in relevant areas in the world of literacy. We are excited to see what we can accomplish this year! Hopefully, we can provide even more student support and have even bigger gains closing gaps!
Here's to a great school year!
What's new this year...
Amplify CKLA has been adopted for K-2. With two primary components, skills and knowledge, this curriculum offers a unique core curriculum grounded in the Science of Reading. The knowledge strand combines rich, diverse content knowledge in history, science, literature, and the arts while the skills strand focuses heavily on research-based explicit foundational skills which are needed to aid in decoding and reading.
Orton-Gillingham (OG) is a powerful approach to teaching reading and spelling that uses instruction that is multi-sensory, sequential, phonics-based, and explicit. This helps make reading and spelling easy for all children, even though it is often viewed as an instructional method for children with dyslexia and learning challenges. With having 15 staff members who are certified OG instructors within the district, we are able to offer multiple opportunities for Tier 2 OG interventions during W.I.N. time to students with specific deficits in foundational skills.
One School, One Book
Mapleton Middle School was awarded a grant by the Ashland County Community Foundation to pilot a One School, One Book (OSOB) program. The goal of the program is to captivate staff, students, and families with an opportunity to read, discuss and engage around the same text to build background knowledge, promote character, and the importance of literacy. Each student and staff member received a copy of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Students and staff read the book together in core classes while engaging in activities and discussions. We will wrap up OSOB with a school-wide culminating activity by watching the film on Netflix and having popcorn!
What we're looking forward to...
mCLASS, powered by DIBELS 8th Edition, is an approved Dyslexia Screener that offers teacher-administered literacy assessments and interventions for grades K-6. DIBELS 8th Edition is our new universal screener that measures the development of reading skills of all students in grades K-8. DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. We are utilizing all mCLASS and DIBELS has to offer, and are excited to see how this information will help our teachers guide their instruction so students can grow!
Spring Book Club
What we're reading...
Student Focused Coaching
Student Focused Coaching is the focus of our book study affiliated with Lorain County ESC's Literacy Coaches Lounge, SFC is a widely used, highly effective approach to student success, Student-Focused Coaching (SFC) helps instructional coaches and leaders work collaboratively to improve student outcomes using evidence-based practices. This book offers a step-by-step guide to instructional coaching in K-12 schools using the field-tested, research-based SFC model. We are excited to dive into this book with fellow coaches!
The Writing Revolution
- Boost reading comprehension
- Improve organizational and study skills
- Enhance speaking abilities
- Develop analytical capabilities
TWR provides strategies and activities to allow teachers to utilize their current curriculum and weave these into their tier 1 instruction.
What we're learning...
HSTW Literacy Coaches Collaborative
Lorain County ESC Literacy Coaches Lounge
Mark your calendars!
Where: HS Parking Lot
(If you are interested in participating, contact Mapleton Cross Country Coach, Joe Ortiz, to reserve your spot!)
Family Literacy Night
Where: Elementary School
(If you are interested in helping out, contact a member of the Literacy Team!)
We will be setting up FREE Book Tables at the Elementary, Middle school, and High School for both parent teacher conference days this year. If you have any books that you would like to donate, please give them to a member of the Literacy Team!
Breakfast with Santa
A literacy focused PTO sponsored event for all Mapleton families!
More information to come!