Literacy Unlocked

FWISD K-12 Literacy - March 2022

National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month. The month kicked off with National Read Across America Day on March 2, where children, teachers, parents/caregivers, and community members around the nation came together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading.
How and How Not to Get Higher Reading Scores

Learn why many popular approaches to reading achievement not only don't work, but may even lead to lower test scores, and learn several practical steps that can help children read better and achieve higher test scores.

The Current State of Reading

How do we teach literacy in Fort Worth ISD?

Click and discover our approach to effective literacy instruction.

Elementary (K-5)

How much phonics should you teach? Phonics instruction teaches kids to hear sounds, recognize letters or spelling patterns, and then connect the sounds to the letters/spellings. Proficiency requires extensive practice within words and in reading practice. What's the correct dosage? Read this article to discover how classroom observations helped to uncover disparities between teacher lesson plans and effective literacy practices.

Middle School (6-8)

Although arguing might seem like a natural talent for many adolescents, argumentative writing and classroom debates are often tough skills for students to master and challenging to teach. Read Supporting Argumentative Writing and Classroom Debate to find out where recent research is leading us.

High School (9-12)

When Older Students Can’t Read At any age, poor readers as a group exhibit weaknesses in phonological processing and word recognition speed and accuracy. When a student’s reading comprehension is more impaired than their listening comprehension, inaccurate and slow word recognition is the most likely cause.

Professional Learning

Effective professional development builds the knowledge, skills and qualities of teachers to improve the outcomes of their students. When teachers practice and apply new learning, their enhanced knowledge and skills improves their teaching which then enhances their students' outcomes. Participants should select courses that increase teacher efficacy and are directly-aligned to student achievement (and not solely on "flex credit" compliance).

All English Language Arts and Reading professional learning opportunities (in person, synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous) for grades K-12 are located in STRIVE. Courses are continuously added throughout the school year, based on district literacy needs.
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