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Manor ISD's Texas Literacy Initiative

Top 5 Literacy Updates

Greetings CBLTs,

Please keep these things in mind as you all meet with your teams on this week:


  1. The TLI team wants to commend each campus for the great work you are doing this semester on your Implementation Plans. The plans are looking great and the weekly discussions are amazing! Keep up the good work!
  2. There is much enthusiasm in the air regarding the upcoming literacy nights. I have listed below, all nights that will be occurring on this week. You are welcome to visit the literacy nights to show your support.
  3. The TLI team has opted to request for checks to be cut only for each campus that is having a literacy night this spring. This means that you will be responsible for taking care of any arrangements for food and/or supplies as a campus. Our team would like to ensure that the request for the $200 is made prior to Tuesday, April 8. Once we receive the checks, I will hand deliver them to each principal whose campus is having a literacy night this semester. Some campuses have changed the dates of their literacy nights since our MOY meeting. With this in mind, please let me know the status of your campus on today. If you have any clarifying questions, feel free to contact me.
  4. Over the next two weeks, all age/grade levels will work on Lesson 5 of the TSLP Process Module. Each CBLT has until April 20th to submit the latest version of your TSLP Implementation Plan and summary form for steps 5 and 6 (if applicable), as well as complete the quiz. Before uploading your TSLP Implementation Plan and summary form for steps 5 and 6 to the Lesson 5 Workgroup Forum, please make sure you have followed the proper naming conventions outlined in the Lesson 5 Assignment section.
  5. Over the course of the next two weeks, a signed copy of all team members' Commitment Agreement will be delivered to each CBLT. If you have any questions about your status, feel free to contact me.


Have a great week & see you online!


Always with digital literacy in mind,

Felicia Turner

Pre-k Information Session

On April 15th and 17th, the Early Childhood Department will host an information session for all parents of three- and four-year-old students entering Pre-k for the 2014-15 school year. The sessions will provide parents with the information and resources that they need to be ready for the upcoming school year. Representatives from all seven elementary campuses, Nurses' Office, and Transportation will be present as well. To accommodate varied family schedules, there will be two sessions on each day, 10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm. The first event on April 15th will be held in English. The second event will be held exclusively in Spanish. (All sessions will presented in the Central Office Board Room.)

The Schwa Was Here! Submitted by Jill Brady, Media Specialist at Decker Middle School

A group of thirty-six sixth grade students at DMS completed reading The Schwa was Here by Neil Schusterman in March. Students were then invited to attend a culminating event afterschool with community member and retired teacher, Ms. Bullock, as well as the school librarian and another DMS teacher. In the story The Schwa was Here, a middle school student who feels invisible attempts to become visible through renting a billboard on a busy street. DMS students created their own billboard which they signed and labeled with all the ways in which they want to be seen, or visible. Some students listed colleges they would like to attend and careers they aspire to. Other students wrote that they wanted to be seen for the small things they do every day, such as recycling and helping out their parents. The billboard was then posted in the hallway.


Students enjoyed munching on biscuits that resembled dog biscuits (there are fourteen dogs in the story) and drinking juice while engaging in discussion about the book with both adults and other students.

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From the Library of Alex & Colleen

Literacy Coaches,

Please send this link to all teachers on your campus(es). Some of the teachers have responded, but most campuses have not sent out this link and we have only received a few responses from those campuses that did send it out. We need feedback, so please encourage your teachers to fill out this form. It should only take 2-3 minutes to complete, but the feedback will help inform our work next year. Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BvfLuHtaQABVNuEeU-IQhZDHyoDXlfGOQZo4moq14Ng/viewform

The Heart of Texas Writing Project (2014 - 2015 )

The Heart of Texas Writing Project (HTWP) Manor Cohort will be a group of ELA teachers representative of various grade levels throughout Manor ISD. Participating in this institute will help teachers develop their knowledge and abilities as writing teachers and as leaders in literacy professional development. Participants will spend a good portion of their time at this institute writing, reading, and consulting with other teachers in the Manor ISD cohort. Once teachers have completed the first week-long institute during the summer, they will be valuable members of a cohort of excellent teachers from Manor ISD and will receive support in their teaching and continuing professional development through workshop sessions during the school year.WHO?All Manor ISD English Language Arts teachers, grades PreK-12WHEN?Summer Institute: July 21-24, 8:30-4:00Workshops: 2 days per semester during the 2014-2015 school yearCohort PLCs: Once per month, after schoolWHERE?All institutes and workshops will take place within Manor ISD, at a central location or on various school campusesWe invite all interested teachers to apply to be part of the Heart of TX Writing Project Manor Cohort. The TLI department will provide a $500 stipend to all teachers participating in the Summer Institute. The application is available at the Heart of TX Writing Project link on the Manor ISD website www.manorisd.net or just click here to access the application: http://www.manorisd.net/ourpages/auto/2013/4/4/48928076/HeartofTexasWritingProject-Application.pdfIf you have any questions, please contact either of the following individuals about this project:Colleen Stearns colleen.stearns@manorisd.netAlex Carrillo alex.carrillo@manorisd.netLaurie Fay laurie.fay@manorisd.net

On this week, YOU are cordially invited to…

Paws for Literacy

Thursday, April 10th, 3-5pm

Manor Child Care Development Center

The CBLT at Manor Childcare Center cordially invites you to their upcoming literacy night, “Paws for Literacy”. They will have dogs coming from the Humane Society and books will be given away to all of the children. There will be sensory tables, kids making paw prints on easels, and much more.

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Manor's Grant Implementation Team

Laurie Fay, Grant Coordinator, laurie.fay@manorisd.net

Amelia Brown, TLI Account Manager,amelia.brown@manorisd.net

Muya Hayes, Early Childhood Coordinator, muya.hayes@manorisd.net

Alex Carrillo, Elementary Literacy Coordinator, alex.carrillo@manorisd.net

Emily Rivera, Family Literacy Specialist, emily.rivera@manorisd.net

Colleen Stearns,Secondary Literacy Coordinator, colleen.stearns@manorisd.net

Felicia Turner, 21st Century Literacy Coordinator, felicia.turner@manorisd.net