Vol. 8

Happy September!

After about 14 months of hard work and dedication from over 300 Indiana Educators, it's finally here! The Literacy Framework is ready for you to use!

This tool includes the following supports for all 749 literacy standards:

  • I Can Statements
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Question Stems
  • English Learner Support Strategies
  • Special Education Support Strategies

This framework is designed to help educators translate the standards into high-quality instruction. This does not replace your curriculum or lesson plans, it just helps amplify their effectiveness.

The best part is that it was created by all of you!

We would love to hear feedback as you use the tool, and we will continue to add resources to each standard for release in Phase 2 coming this spring!


Ideas & Insight

Introducing Christy Berger: Assistant Director of Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an essential component of education. Many people are unsure of what SEL is or how SEL is taught. According to CASEL, “ Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Educators have the opportunity to teach these skills to their students every day. For example, having a buddy reading program creates a place for students to practice collaboration, insight, and connection. Teachers can also use mindfulness or focused attention practices to teach students how to self-regulate. To provide more strategies and supports, IDOE will be releasing PK-12 Social Emotional Learning Competencies and toolkits soon.

Click to learn more about Social Emotional Learning and IDOE's work on MTSS.

SEL Book Recommendation- I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

By: Susan Verde

As a part of a wellness series: I Am Human is a hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human. This book shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.” At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.
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Community Spotlight: Nicole Spencer

"I remember the excitement I felt each month when my teacher would pass out monthly Scholastic book order forms. I’d circle the books I wanted and my parents would let me pick out one or two purchases. I loved the smell of the new books and the excitement of taking them home and reading. When I became a teacher, I realized that most of my students’ families couldn’t afford the luxury of buying new books. A friend shared the idea to have my students sponsored. For just $10 per student, I’d be able to buy each student a $1 book from Scholastic every month of school. I put out a call for help on Facebook to my family and friends, and in less than 24 hours, I’d found a sponsor for each of my 28 students. I created a PayPal account so people could easily donate their $10 and then I used PayPal to purchase books from Scholastic. My students just got their first book last week, Stink: Hamlet and Cheese, and they were all so excited and thankful. They’re already looking forward to the surprise book for next month! Some of my favorite books to read to my class are Ronald Dahl classics like Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I hope my kiddos each learn to love reading as much as I do and discover new books to enjoy!"

We are looking for amazing educators who inspire through their teaching, collaboration, and leadership. Want to nominate an awesome educator at your school? Click here!

Indiana State Literacy Association

You're invited to join or renew your membership with the Indiana State Literacy Association, formerly known as the Indiana State Reading Association.

Our mission is to promote and support literacy in Indiana by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction through effective teaching practice.

Educators gather at local council and state events to strengthen their teaching practice, to celebrate what's new in children's and young adult literature, and to enhance their professional learning networks by aligning themselves with the International Literacy Association.

Learn more at IndianaReads.org.

Indiana Council of Teachers of English

The Indiana Council of Teachers of English welcomes all literacy teachers and advocates at all levels. It's free to sign up! A membership includes access to our award-winning Newsletter, which contains information about Indiana events, professional development and grant opportunities, and resources and updates about literacy, instruction, and policy. Members also can participate -- as a presenter and/or participant -- in our state conference happening March 16, 2019. We have a great line-up of speakers and there is still time to submit a session proposal to share the amazing things you do in your classroom!
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Are you part of a professional organization? Let us know who they are and how they support you!

Literacy & Tech: Thought of the Month!

From Kasey Bell's blog Shake Up Learning, keep these in mind as you look for new tech tools to integrate into your classroom.
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Connect on Twitter!

It's been reported that 4.2 million educators use Twitter for professional conversations. As educators, there is so much we can learn from each other. We invite you to connect with us and each other!

1. Tweet about what you are excited for this year using #INspirEDlit

2. Follow the hashtag and connect with other coaches and educators!

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