Vol. 6

Happy June! For most, summer has officially begun! It's a time to recharge and relax, but for educators, it's also a time to learn, grow, and plan. Many of you are already revising curriculum, participating in professional development, and gathering resources for next year. This speaks volumes about the dedication it takes to be an educator. Your IDOE Literacy team thanks you for your hard work this year and hopes you have a fantastic summer.

Check out this Padlet for some fun ideas and share some of your favorite summer activities.

Want more summer Professional Development?

Check out these IDOE organized events:

1. Summer of eLearning: www.doe.in.gov/elearning/summer-elearning

2. English Learner Roadshow Workshops:

  • 7/11 at West Noble, Strengthening School Leadership for English Learners. Sign up here.
  • 7/11 at West Noble, Keys to Co-teaching Success for English Learners. Sign up here.
  • 7/25 at IU Southeast, Keys to Co-teaching Success for English Learners. Sign up here.

Ideas & Insight

Dr. Nicole M. Martin Podcast

Standards-based literacy and disciplinary literacy are two ways to increase reading achievement. Click here to listen to our #INspirEDlit conversation featuring Ball State University’s Dr. Nicole Martin. Her focus is disciplinary literacy. If you are interested in learning more about the difference between disciplinary literacy and content literacy, check out this article from the International Literacy Association.

Want to meet Dr. Martin and learn more? Join us at the Indiana Book Festival on June 9, 2018 at 11 a.m. where she will be speaking and sharing her love of reading! The Indiana Book Festival is at Minnetrista located at 1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy in Muncie, Indiana. Register here.

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Community Spotlight: The educators who contributed to the literacy framework

Over 200 Indiana educators came together to create resources for over 400 literacy standards. We are in awe of their hard work and dedication. This work will impact all Indiana educators and students. We could not have done it without this input and level of commitment.

If you were unable to participate, we look forward to opportunities for collaboration in the future.

Meet Our Newest Member: Sarah Parks-Reese

"I’m excited to join the Department as the Pre-K Expansion Specialist. I’ve worked with young children for 19 years. I'm passionate about helping stakeholders understand the importance of early education in a child’s life, to help our community understand what high quality early education looks like, and to advocate that every child has access to affordable high quality early education. Along with the literacy team, I support literacy practices for children around the state."

Connect on Twitter!

It's been reported that 4.2 million educators use Twitter for professional conversations. As educators, there is so much we can learn from each other. We invite you to connect with us and each other!

1. Tweet an introduction of yourself using the #INspirEDlit

2. Follow the hashtag and connect with other coaches and educators!

To learn more about the literacy team, watch their introduction video here.