Vol. 5

Happy May!

You're in the homestretch! I know you continue working hard during the summer, but hopefully it also means some sleeping in and sunshine are in store for you as well!

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

Summer Slide

While the phrase "summer slide" may elicit images of water slides and playground frivolity, most students lose about two months worth of reading skills during the summer. The question for teachers then becomes, how can we get kids so excited about learning during the summer that they are motivated to continue exercising the skills they developed over the school year? Is there a way to send them off for the summer with a love of reading so deep they head straight for the library?

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.

Learn more about preventing summer slide here and here.

Summer Slide: Continuing the Conversation

Want to continue the conversation on preventing summer slide? Join us for our Literacy Community of Practice Twitter chat from 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Follow the chat by using #INspirEDlit.

Join us for a book study!

We are hosting a book study this summer. We will be reading The Wild Card by Hope and Wade King. The book study will last six weeks starting in early June, with a week off for the 4th of July. You can earn 28 Professional Growth Points by participating.

Sign up to join the conversation here.

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Volunteer for the Indiana Book Festival!

Are you interested in helping connect Indiana students with authors this summer? If so, join us by volunteering at Indiana Book Festival!

Sign up to volunteer on June 9 here!

Community Spotlight

Allyson Peterkin

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!

Grant opportunity!

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!

It's been reported that 4.2 million educators use Twitter for professional conversations. As coaches, 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!

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