Literacy Lookout

Quarter 1 :|: October 2022

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As we continue to dive into the 2022-2023 school year, it's hard not to reflect and assess the growth Mapleton has made in a year's time!

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...

What we're looking forward to...

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

The Writing Revolution (TWR) provides a clear method of instruction that you can use no matter what subject or grade level you teach and can make a dramatic difference. This method does more than improve writing skills. It also helps:

  • 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

As we are entering our second year of participating in this collaborative, word has spread the benefits it has to offer Local Literacy Teams as it has more than doubled in size. This collaborative meets quarterly and provides professional development for literacy leaders in building capacity to lead Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement within their district, continue work on creating, updating, and implementing district focused Local Literacy Plans, guidance on coaching and modeling within a classroom, adolescent literacy, as well as learning ODE's Literacy Improvement Pathway.

Lorain County ESC Literacy Coaches Lounge

This network meets quarterly and offers literacy coaches and teams the opportunity to share ideas with one another around the planning and implementation of the coaching process, build leadership skills, share evidence-based strategies, tackle Dyslexia Guidebook clarification, and gain ideas and support from one another.

Mark your calendars!