About Literacy Services
Through training, coaching, and modeling in the classroom, literacy specialists work collaboratively with schools and districts to analyze data about student learning. The goal is to determine areas of focused professional development, as well as follow-up coaching and resource development to help close achievement gaps. Professional development support may include curriculum mapping, assessment development, differentiated instruction and research-based instructional strategies. Staff members will also assist teachers on how to prepare students for state assessments.
Writers workshop focuses on fostering lifelong writers. Its four principles include students writing about their own lives, using a consistent writing process, working in authentic ways, and developing independence as writers. The teacher acts as a mentor author, models writing techniques, and confers with students as they move through the writing process. Direct writing instruction occurs during the mini-lesson at the beginning of each workshop and is followed by a minimum of 45 minutes of active writing time. Students share their work at the end of each workshop.
The Readers Workshop focuses nurturing lifelong readers; teach strategies for reading and comprehension; provides opportunities for practice guided and independent reading; and differentiate lessons. Direct reading instruction occurs in during the mini-lesson at the beginning of each workshop and may be followed by read aloud, independent reading and conferring, guided reading, response and reflection and sharing.