Literacy in the NELC

Regular communication to NELC Principals around literacy

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Why this focus? Why now?

In the NELC 4 out 28 students do not read on grade-level.
November Interview with Steven

Guiding Question: What can be supported and sustained?

Now we will look at some best practices for our schools at every level.

Elementary


  • Guided Reading with current assessment data (running records, DRA/BAS)
  • Using DRA/BAS Continuums to inform instructional teaching points
  • Reading Anchor Standards: about, within and beyond the text
  • Reading Foundational Standards: systematic phonics instruction

Middle

Clearly defining the difference between the ELA and Reading Classrooms


Reading Teacher Training in

  • Station Rotation to support Reading Workshop and Personalized Learning
  • Guided Reading
  • Using Assessments (STAR, BAS/DRA) to inform teaching points and conference goals
  • Conferencing
  • Independent Reading Expectations for stamina and growth

High School ELA

  • Station Rotation to support RW and Personalized Learning
  • Independent Reading Expectations for stamina and growth

The Reading Teacher: WHAT REALLY MATTERS WHEN WORKING WITH STRUGGLING READERS, Richard L. Allington

One thing that every educator who reads this article might do is to respond to each of the following characteristics of research-based reading lessons for struggling readers:


■ Do we expect our struggling readers to read and write more every day than our achieving readers?


■ Have we ensured that every intervention for our struggling readers is taught only by our most effective and most expert teachers?


■ Have we designed our reading lessons such that struggling readers spend at least two-thirds of every lesson engaged in the actual reading of texts?


■ Do we ensure that the texts we provide struggling readers across the full school day are texts that they can read with at least 98% word recognition accuracy and 90%

comprehension?


■ Does every struggling reader leave the building each day with at least one book they can read and that they also want to read?


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