The Literacy Team thanks each one of you who attended the Community of Practice Kickoff meeting yesterday. The collaboration was incredibly energizing and has us excited for what's in store. We are going to do great things together!
We know ISTEP testing prevented many of you from making it, and we look forward to meeting you next time! Until then, continue letting us know how we can best support you!
Ideas & Insight
According to Scholastic, reading just six books during the summer can prevent a struggling reader from regressing. Encourage children to read something every single day, even if it's a TV guide or cereal box. It's even more impactful if they read aloud.
Join us for a book study!
Sign up to join the conversation here.
Volunteer for the Indiana Book Festival!
Sign up to volunteer on June 9 here!
I am the Literacy Coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools. My main responsibilities are supervising and leading all K-6 and K-12 district-level instructional coaches, providing instructional guidance to schools, planning and supporting district literacy initiatives, and organizing events and programs that support literacy. I am also responsible for analyzing and utilizing reading data and providing professional development around all things literacy to teachers, building level instructional coaches, and administrators. We are focused on implementing balanced literacy in our district with a heavy emphasis on guided reading. I have spent the last 16 years learning, implementing and teaching others how to implement guided reading, and it is a passion of mine. One of the areas we have been focusing is using data from running records and anecdotal notes to inform instruction. I truly believe you don’t know what they need until you listen to them read!
If your school does not have universal screen and progress monitoring tools in place for reading as required by the state reading plan, please consider applying for the formative assessment grant. Apply here.
Secret: If you apply, choose an assessment, and follow submission guidelines from the list, you will be awarded the grant.
Due on May 21st!!!
Connect on Twitter!
1. Tweet an introduction of yourself using the #INspirEDlit
2. Follow the hashtag and connect with other coaches!
Early Learning Specialistrtomishima@doe.in.gov
Elementary Literacy & ELA Specialistaheath@doe.in.gov
Secondary Literacy & ELA Specialist