Literacy Lookout

Quarter 1 Newsletter- October 2021


As the school year is underway, we want to first say you guys ROCK! As much as we have wanted the school year to be "normal", it has challenged us in new ways already! With this newsletter, we want to be able to communicate with you about things that we are learning and doing! We are eager to be the district literacy team and we hope we can use this opportunity to make great things happen at Mapleton!

Why the push for literacy?

Ohio has released a "Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement". Specifically, HB 436 the Dyslexia Bill is a driving force to screen and intervene with struggling readers. Furthermore, with Ohio's Strategic Plan we are tasked to challenge, prepare, and empower the whole child. Literacy is one of the four components of that plan. The good thing is that funding is now being provided so that we can make literacy a priority across the district!

What does a literacy coach do?

That is a great question and one we get asked a lot!

A literacy coach is ...

~A friend, mentor, and listening ear


~Instructional and Literacy Support

~Feedback focused

~A partner and collaborator

~Someone to help you with research and resources

~A training facilitator

~Someone to give you a new challenge

A literacy coach is not...

~Another administrator

~Formal evaluator

~An expert-We're learning too!


~Here to "fix" all the things

Literacy Lounges

Each building now has a literacy lounge which is the office for the literacy coaches and a place for teams to meet, collaborate, discuss, and learn! The one in the elementary school is located in room 174 in the PreK-2 wing. The one in the high/middle school is located in room 116 across from Mr. Coffey. You can come to hang out, have a cup of coffee, get a piece of chocolate, and lounge if you wish! lol... However, we have created a few bulletin boards that highlight some of the things we have been learning about. Feel free to come to check them out in person or take a look below!

Our Current Read...

The Knowledge Gap by Natalie Wexler

The untold story of the root cause of America's education crisis--and the seemingly endless cycle of multigenerational poverty.

“The knowledge gap is real, and its effects are profound. This book offers an accurate, engaging, and clear description of the problem and how to solve it. It’s a must-read for educators, parents, and policymakers.”—Dr. Judith C. Hochman, founder of The Writing Revolution

Science of Reading Podcast

In each episode, the host explores the increasing body of scientific research around how reading is best taught. As a former classroom teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer the host has a special interest in turning theory into best practices applicable immediately in the classroom.

Want to know more about the Science of Reading? Check out this free podcast!

Digital Literacy Resources

Upcoming Events

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is the most common learning challenge with 15-20% of the population showing symptoms of dyslexia. It is crucial to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of dyslexia so that a child can be evaluated early and obtain the appropriate instruction and accommodations he or she needs to succeed in school and beyond.

Download an interactive calendar of dyslexia resources here

County Wide Professional Development/ District In-service Day

Friday, Oct. 15th, 8am-3pm

Ashland City Schools

Professional learning sessions on various topics! More details and registration information coming soon!

Community Event: Mapleton Trunk or Treat

Saturday, Oct. 16th, 5-6pm

Mapleton High School Parking Lot by Basketball Courts

The literacy team will be passing out candy and books! Help spread the word about this great event!

This is in conjunction with Mapleton's 7th Annual Haunted 5K Walk/Run.

  • Food trucks from 4pm-10pm
  • Trunk or Treat from 5pm-6pm
  • Movies on the Basketball Court and Hayrides from 6pm-9:45pm
  • Registration for the run is at 6pm, 5k begins approx at 7pm

District Literacy Team Information

"We don't know it all, but we may know something different".