Vol. 9

Happy October!

Fall is finally here: the time of spooky stories, crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, and fall break! We were fortunate enough to spend most of September in classrooms and were amazed to see how teachers all over the state were innovating, collaborating, and engaging their students in rigorous literacy instruction. You are growing tomorrow's readers and leaders in your classrooms. Thank you for all of your hard work!

Literacy Framework Reading Foundations

If you are a Kindergarten-through-5th Grade teacher or coach, we need you! We are looking for a group of motivated educators to help create the Reading Foundations section of the Literacy Framework.

WHEN: Friday, October 26, 2018

WHAT TIME: 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Indiana Association of School Principals

If you are available and interested in this work group, please fill out the form below! Since this section of the standards is smaller in scale, we will be selective in attendees. We will let you know ASAP if we need you for this day. If you are not chosen for this work group, we will definitely keep your name for our work groups in Phase II of the framework.

Ideas & Insight

National Bullying Prevention Month

For information and ideas about how to incorporate bullying prevention practices into your instruction, visit StopBullying.gov. Here are some books you can use to cultivate empathy and start discussions about being kind in your classroom.

Writing Contest for Grade 4!

Did you know that there is a statewide essay contest every year for Indiana’s fourth graders to show what they know about Indiana?

On December 11, Indiana turns 202 years old! The contest has four winners and the winning classes are invited to downtown Indianapolis to help celebrate Indiana Statehood Day at four participating locations: the Indiana Statehouse, the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society.

You can read more about the contest here.

Community Spotlight: Joe Melo

"I’ve been an educator for 19 years as an ELA and ENL teacher. Currently, I'm the ELA coach at Highland Middle School in Anderson, Indiana. I thoroughly enjoy working with teachers on improving instruction, curating resources, and developing curriculum. I have a natural enthusiasm for doing all I can to empower English teachers at the middle school level. I was thrilled to participate in the development of Indiana’s Literacy Framework last spring. I work to equip teachers with new tools that make their jobs easier. For example, I created a colorful and easy to navigate web portal with all the most vital resources our teachers at HMS need. By modeling creative classroom methodologies, I help teachers with their everyday challenges. Recently, following concepts from Kristina Smekens, I launched a campaign on reading comprehension strategies, focusing on the reading comprehension skills using visual imagery of umbrellas and raindrops. To generate excitement, I installed an umbrella display in each classroom as a reminder. I'm very confident in our ELA team, and we have a great rapport, camaraderie, and forward-thinking ability to maximize our classroom impact."

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!

Literacy & Tech: Thought of the Month!

We love this list of 6 Ways Technology Helps Educators Tackle Low Literacy Rates from EdTech Magazine.

1. Text-to-speech apps assist students with learning disabilities

2. Word clouds let students think outside the box

3. Digital project-based learning encourages comprehension

4. Game-based learning is more engaging

5. Collaborative tools boost writing skills

6. Electronic word reference makes for smarter dictionaries

What ideas would you add? Let us know at #INspirEDlit!

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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