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Manor ISD's Texas Literacy Initiative E-News


This summer, during our TLI Summer Institute, I stepped outside of my comfort zone and attended the 0 - School Entry sessions with our awesome early childhood team. I have to admit, the presenters probably thought I was a little nuts! I asked question after question during my sessions. Of course, they were very patient and answered them all with a smile, but I didn't know what I didn't know, so asking seemed to be the best option for me. Aside from getting tons of new books and great teaching resources, I learned a great deal about the developmental stages of this age group and how big of a role it plays in full implementation of our grant goals. At the end of the week, I left San Antonio feeling confident that I could now talk the talk and walk the walk of an early childhood teacher.

So now, as we approach the start of our new semester with CBLTs, I can't wait to share what I learned and how it parallels with the other age level literacy lines. Yes, I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone to learn something different about literacy and how it affects various age groups. This semester, I challenge you to do the same!

Always with digital literacy in mind,

Felicia Turner

Literacy Coordinator for TSLP Online Course

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Meet Our New State Literacy Liaision for TLI

Manor ISD will have the pleasure of working with Ms. Kathy Balch this school year. Read about Kathy below. You will get a chance to meet her at our data meetings as well as online in our Manor ISD Literacy Line.

"I have worked for the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts at the University of Texas Austin since August 2012. Prior to that I was a Reading Technical Assistance Specialist with Texas Reading First with the University of Texas Austin for six years serving 12 districts in 4 regions of Texas.

After working with Reading First, I returned to Abilene Independent School District as Instructional Coordinator for the district before joining UT once again in 2012. When in the classroom, I taught Kindergarten and 1st grade. I have had the pleasure of working with all grade levels since leaving the classroom and I look forward to working with Manor ISD in the TLI grant capacity ."

Newbies to Navigating Project Share

Wednesday, Sep. 25th 2013 at 3-4pm

Central Office - A136 Technology Conference Room

This session is designed for new CBLT members to help them get acclimated into the TLI Online Course offered in Project Share as well as offer an overview of the grant and expectations for CBLT members. Please RSVP to felicia.turner@manorisd.net on or before Monday, September 23. In the subject line, type, I'm Coming!

To earn credit for the course, you can enroll in Eduphoria using:http://www.schoolobjects.com/wshop/default.aspx?cid=851

The Top 10 Literacy Updates

So far, our CBLTs have explored the Leadership and Standards Based Instruction Modules of the Texas State Literacy Plan. The process for working on a TSLP Action Step will continue this semester, but in addition to that, we will all begin this phase of our TLI journey, delving into the Effective Instructional Framework (EIF) Module. More details about the EIF module will come during the first week of class. Here are some other things to consider as you plan for the first week of class.

  • The TLI team will be offering a "Newbies to Navigating Through Project Share" information and hands-on training session for all new CBLT members and any members needing a refresher on how to gain access to the course, uploading and posting assignments into the workgroup, username and password troubleshooting, what to expect from the course, etc. This session isn't mandatory, but individuals new to CBLTs are highly encouraged to attend so that the required meeting time for course work is maximized effectively and efficiently.
  • Course Invites have been sent from Epsilen to ALL new Project Share course participants. Please check your spam folders for the course invites. These invites come directly from Epsilen. If you need assistance with this, please attend the "Newbies to Navigating Through Project Share" info session. We can get you all ready and set for the first week of class.
  • The first day of class will be Monday, September 30. All CBLTs will resume with their weekly meetings during this week at a time and date decided by the team.
  • All CBLT members should be a member of our Manor ISD Literacy Line. EDMODO is our way of communicating with each other as a large group. Please join our group on or before September 27. The code to join this group is: nf9uab
  • To access EDMODO use this link: http://www.edmodo.com
  • Effective Instructional Framework Binders will be given to campuses at our first Grant Implementation Team meeting.
  • TLI Commitment Agreement Forms will be discussed and signed at our first Grant Implementation Team meeting.
  • Dates for 2013 - 2014 TLI Summit and Institutes have not been determined yet. As we get information, we will be sure to let all CBLTs know so that they can put those dates on their calendars.
  • Principals and/or principal designees will submit any updates to CBLT's, meeting dates, times, and location on or before Wednesday, September 11 using the Google doc previously provided to them via email.
  • E-Newsletters will be posted on EDMODO weekly for CBLTs. If you or your campus would like to include information in our E-News, send the information to Felicia by 5:00 pm on Fridays.
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All District Grant Implementation Team (GIT) meetings have been set for the dates and times listed below. Calendar invites have been sent to all required participants. Any teacher that is a member of the CBLT, should go ahead and request a substitute for a half day. The TLI Grant will incur the cost of substitutes for classroom teachers only. The TLI team would like to begin having our GIT meetings at various campuses within the district. If your campus would be willing to host our meeting location, please email Laurie or Felicia so that we can make arrangements. Locations must be able to accommodate 80 people at a time.

Monday, October 7, 2013

TLI...A World Of Its Own!

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: TBD

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lights, Camera, Literacy!

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: TBD

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The 500 Hats of the Texas Literacy Initiative!

1:00 - 4:30 pm

Location: TBD

From the library of...

Decker Middle School's BookSpring Project

On September 4, 2013, Decker Middle School received 550 gently used quality books from the local nonprofit BookSpring. While some books were pulled for the library and literacy library, most of the books were given directly to teachers for their classroom libraries. They were placed on tables during a faculty meeting according to levels and classroom teachers were able to shop for their own classrooms. It was an exciting and fun activity.

Our connection with BookSpring will be ongoing. Teachers and other professionals are able to request the types of books they would like for their rooms. Two teachers have already taken advantage of this and are already in communication with BookSpring to develop their collections according to their needs.

Check out the picture below of one of our students, getting buried into books!

This article was submitted by Jill Brady, Media Specialist at DMS.

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Welcome to all our new Campus Based Leadership Team members! This semester will be a busy one, but the TLI team can assure you that you will glean new literacy ideas that can and will be implemented on your campuses. Take advantage of the upcoming "Newbies to Navigating Project Share" session.

  • Katheline Alcantara, BME
  • Brandee Garza, BME
  • Uneeda Givens, BME
  • Chandria Ridgeway, BME
  • Jose Valenzuela, BME
  • Terri McDonald, BTE & PCE
  • Joanne Garza, BTE
  • Kathryn Pabst, BTE
  • Natalie Long, DES
  • Melissa Ramirez, OES
  • Floridalia Zuniga-Gray, OES
  • Audra Lockwood, PME
  • Natalie Weber, PME
  • Victoria Vanzura, PME
  • Michael Perkins, DMS
  • Josalyn Robinson, DMS
  • April Scofield-Kennedy, MMS
  • Kristin Riley-Freeborn, MMS
  • Randy Mathiesen, MEA
  • Amanda Gripp, MHS
  • Melissa Castro, MNTHS
  • Deanna Santagata, MNTHS
  • Emily Rivera, CO

District Grant Implementation Team

Amelia Brown, Accounts Payable, amelia.brown@manorisd.net

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

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

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

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

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

Felicia Turner, Professional Development & Literacy Coordinator, felicia.turner@manorisd.net