Literacy Coaching Connections

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Welcome Back!

Hello Teachers,

I am so excited for this year to finally be underway! We have had a lot of changes happening the past few years. We will work through all of these changes together. I am looking forward to working as a Literacy Coach with Barber, Harris, Findley, Voris, Windemere, and Smith! If you have questions related to ELA (English Language Arts) CCSS (Common Core State Standards), please let me know. I may not have the answers but will do my best to find someone who does. Many of the buildings will be working on Accountable Talk, Unpacking the Curriculum Maps or Text Dependent Questions. A great resource that you may want to look at for lesson ideas or videos on how it's done is You can sign up for free! It's a great site for teachers. Another weblink I wanted to share with you that is full of resources related to lessons and the Common Core is This site is also loaded with ideas in content areas Illuminations(mathematics), ReadWriteThink (ELA), and others. Be sure to check it out. It's also free.

I am also looking forward to attending the IFL (Institutes for Learning) training and implementing the Units of Study with teachers in grade 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. Our connection with IFL will be beneficial as they will be consulting authors of the PARCC assessments which will be implemented in during 2014-2015 school year. For more information about the PARCC Assessments you can access their website

Hope your school year is off to a great start!

Amy Rudd, Instructional Coach-Literacy

I just wanted to introduce myself for those of you who don't know me. I've been teaching with APS for 20 years. Most of my career was at Forest Hill! This year will be my fifth year as a Literacy Coach. And due to the budget cuts last year, I went back to the classroom and taught first grade at Robinson. The best way to get in touch with me is through email or twitter. Looking forward to working together with you this year!

Sites for Kids!

Wonderopolis Site Review

My go to site of the week is Wonderopolis! I love Wonderopolis because it encourages learning curiosity by asking questions about unusual things. There are wonders of the day each day and they've recently passed the 1000th wonder mark. Here is a link to the site- You are now able to have the text on the wonder of the day read to you. You just click on the speaker and it will read the text. This would be a wonderful listening center activity for students at all levels. If you are looking to incorporate specific wonders into the curriculum studies here is a list of all the wonders created so far: Addtionally, here is a link to view the wonders organized by content area in a live binder:

Just a quick note on the wonders, if there is a specific video that you'll want to show your classes, you may want to download the video to a jumpstick at home and bring it to school as many things are blocked at the school level.

Hope you find this helpful!

Literacy Connections to Books