ITLS Newsletter

May 16, 2016

A Note From Julie

Education is a very cyclical profession, one that revolves around beginnings and endings. It was great to have Beau with us last week and to hear how the change in leadership will offer YOU new beginnings! It was very obvious that he is looking forward to hearing from you and learning more about the work of the Digital Literacy Partnership as he begins an expanded role in Adams 12.

We have reached the season of "endings"; the month, the school year, and careers in Adams 12 are ending. Missy Snyder and Shaula Rhodes are ending their current digital literacy job responsibilities, and Joelle Warsh is ending her instructional technology job responsibilities. All three will experience new beginnings as they make career changes. On behalf of the Digital Literacy Partnership, I want to extend a huge THANK YOU to Missy, Shaula, and Joelle for their leadership and great thinking. The Digital Literacy Partnership has benefited from your membership in our group and you will be missed!

The Summer Slide

Click here for an article about the summer slide from the Colorado Department of Education.

Summer Reading Programs at Local Libraries

Help prevent the summer slide. Visit a local library and get involved in their summer reading programs.

Anythink Libraries
Broomfield Public Library
Westminster Public Library

Digital Literacy Partners Promote Summer Reading!

STEM Launch: Hosted Anythink at their school to promote summer reading programs. Shawna and Lanine are sponsoring a summer reading BINGO for all students at Launch to participate in.

Coronado Hills: Hosted Anythink at their school to promote summer reading programs. CHE library will be open from 8-11 am for students to check out books and use the computers.

Westview: Nadine put together summer reading lists for each grade level. These will be distributed by the classroom teachers.

Silver Hills: Suzanne made a poster to promote summer reading programs at libraries. She is also encouraging kids to sign up to do the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Rocky Mountain: Hosted Anythink at their school to promote summer reading programs. Included information on the Summer Slide for the school newsletter (page 12). Hosted a Buy One, Get One book fair for the students. (Schools do not profit financially from BOGO book fairs, the whole idea is to promote summer reading!)

Shadow Ridge: Shadow Ridge has a Summer Reading program. This is our third year of doing this. We put together a list of books, between 12-15, for our summer reading list. The expectation is that every student read one book from the list, complete an assignment, and participate in a discussion about their book when they return in the fall. All staff also picks a book to read. In the fall we pair students with staff who have read the same book for the book discussion. This last fall they noticed an increase in Fall MAPS Scores. It might just have something to do with the summer reading expectation!


Although we are using the ITLS newsletter to distribute many different ideas, we have not taken those through any type of formal approval process. We have not contacted IT to determine whether the tool(s) and/or resource(s) meet their standards nor have we obtained input from district content leaders; your resources and suggestions are not "officially" part of any Adams 12 curriculum, just ideas and suggestions for your consideration.