Literacy Unlocked

FWISD K-12 Literacy - Winter Edition 2022

Happy New Year! year, same goal. We invite you to join in the H.E.A.R.T. (Highly-skilled, Engaging, Authentic, Responsive, Transformational) work as we aim to provide K-12 Literacy Leaders with the instructional knowledge, resources, and tools to build strong readers and writers in Fort Worth ISD.

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is a time for reflection and celebration of the accomplishments of African American trailblazers. Check out Reading Rockets as they highlight children's books, interviews with authors and illustrators, classroom activities, online history resources, and powerful documentaries to learn about the lives and contributions of African Americans. Celebrating and Learning About Black History and Culture

Saturday, February 6, 2022 - 6 hours FLEX Content (Online)

1. Attendance and credit will be tracked and awarded through Eduphoria. For this reason, you MUST enroll in Eduphoria to receive FLEX CREDIT.

2. After you are enrolled in the FWISD Eduphoria course, please use the EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION LINK to officially register for the conference.

3. Upon conclusion of the conference, UPLOAD your certificate of completion to course in Eduphoria.

4. You must also complete the FWISD Request Credit for External Professional PL to count towards your T-TESS:

The Current State of Reading

How do we teach literacy in Fort Worth ISD?

Click and discover our approach to effective literacy instruction.

Elementary (K-5)

Reading Interventions The video series shows the teaching of critical skills such as naming letters accurately, blending and manipulating the sounds in words, mastering the connection between letters and sounds, recognizing spelling patterns, and reading multisyllable words. Looking at Reading Interventions shows how teachers can help children develop their skills, overcome difficulties, and become proficient readers.

Middle School (6-8)

Just like the Reading Rope, the Writing Rope consists of strands that represent the key components of writing. These strands intertwine and work together to build strong writers. Four of the five strands of the Writing Rope have to do with writing skills that relate to composition. In this 6-minute video Joan Sedita, founder of Keys to Literacy, explains why students in grades 5-12 benefit from explicit writing instruction. She summarizes the categories of writing instruction represented in The Writing Rope. Click here to watch the video.

High School (9-12)

Reading and Writing in the Content Areas In recent years, researchers have differentiated content and discipline-focused literacy. Content literacy focuses on reading and writing processes that are common to all content areas. Disciplinary literacy focuses on reading and writing skills specific to a subject area. Students get the opportunity to use their skills to read and write like a mathematician, scientist, or historian.

How to Own Your Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Effective professional development builds the knowledge, skills and qualities of teachers to improve the outcomes of their students. When teachers practice and apply new learning, their enhanced knowledge and skills improves their teaching which then enhances their students' outcomes. Participants should select courses that increase teacher efficacy and are directly-aligned to student achievement (and not solely on "flex credit" compliance).

All English Language Arts and Reading professional learning opportunities (in person, synchronous, hybrid, and asynchronous) for grades K-12 are located in STRIVE. Courses are continuously added throughout the school year, based on district literacy needs.
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