K-5 Literacy Update

March 2, 2015

K-5 Literacy Academic Focus

1. Integration of evidence based best practices across reading and writing using a balanced literacy approach

2. Instruction on the five fundamental components of reading

3. Instruction on the traits of writing

4. Student writing using sources

5. Tiered instruction implemented in whole group, small group, and intervention settings

CORE Learning Cohort 2014-2015

The Office of Literacy is working with the Consortium of Reading Excellence (CORE) to engage nearly 100 teachers across the district in CORE Learning. This reading academy equips participants with fundamental knowledge around effective, research-based, Common Core aligned practices for all learners. Completing all five sessions builds a comprehensive understanding of the five components of reading identified by the National Reading Panel in 2000: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The professional learning takes place monthly at the ISC and Slater Elementary School and is facilitated by APS teachers who continue to receive train-the-trainer support from our CORE liaison Susan Vanzant. This month's learning focused on vocabulary instruction...check out the strategy below on how to create a Frayer Model graphic organizer using an index card!
APS CORE Learning: Vocabulary Instruction Tip

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

The 2014-2015 Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is underway! The APS Office of Literacy is currently collecting writing pieces for submission. Forward all entries to Dr. Adrienne Simmons in the Teaching & Learning Department of the CLL Building (individuals are prohibited from submitting entries). All submissions must be received by 3:00 pm EST on Friday, March 6. One winner will be chosen from each grade level to advance to the state competition. Click here to access the official rules booklet.
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Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Reading Between the Lines: A 2-Day Common Core Seminar - March 2-3

CORE Learning - March 5

Introduction to Writer's Workshop - March 11-12 (Register for Section 63540 or 63541)

Literacy Contact Teacher Talk - March 30

Reading Endorsement - Every Thursday

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FEEDBACK SPOTLIGHT

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Coaches Academy Meeting

The next Coaches Academy meeting is scheduled for March 10, 2015 where the topic will be "Literacy in STEM". The training will provide practical tools to integrate literacy, science, and mathematics in pursuit of interdisciplinary instruction. Bejanae Kareem, the founder and executive director of BK International Education Consultancy, will share best practices around scientific and mathematical literacy while integrating the use of digital tools to engage students in the learning process. Click here for more information about the STEM and STEAM initiatives of BK International Education Consultancy. Register for section #62069 and be sure to bring your laptop!

Equipping Teachers for Balanced Literacy

Balanced literacy is a comprehensive approach to English language arts instruction. Included are essential components to develop student proficiency in written and oral communication aligned to the four strands of literacy.


Literacy Strands

· Reading

· Writing

· Speaking & Listening

· Language


At the core of balanced literacy is the development of sincere appreciation for authentic literature. Students engage in a process of learning that includes interactive reading, shared reading, guided reading, and independent reading. The same process is evident in writing instruction. Students experience modeled writing, shared writing, guided writing, and independent writing. Each of these varied opportunities supports students as they work to become more critical readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.


Click here for a district PowerPoint to utilize in creating and sustaining best practices in balanced literacy. Search for "Balanced Literacy" in the K-5 Literacy folder.

Dr. Adrienne Simmons, K-5 Literacy Coordinator