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Partnering For Professional Development, Jennifer Davis-Duerr Jan 2017

Partnering For Professional Development, Jennifer Davis-Duerr

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

Literacy specialists are often overlooked when determining the professional development needs within a school, and yet they are arguably the school’s best resource to empower teachers with professional growth to meet state mandates. How can literacy specialists be supported to increase their knowledge and skills so that all educators’ and students’ needs can be met? This article explains how small-scale school-university partnerships that connect literacy specialists and literacy teacher educators are an innovative way to provide high quality professional development that empowers literacy specialists and classroom teachers.


Measuring Our Impact: What Did Our Attendees Think Of Our Conference?, Louisa Kramer-Vida, Karen Meier Jan 2017

Measuring Our Impact: What Did Our Attendees Think Of Our Conference?, Louisa Kramer-Vida, Karen Meier

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

Peers evaluated conference presentations at an annual conference that is sponsored by two professional organizations of literacy educators in one geographic location in New York State. Conference sessions dealt with innovations and programs in schools that encouraged literacy learning. Comments from conference attendees indicated that the presenters seemed to be empowered by the ideas and strategies they were disseminating and the conference attendees themselves were inspired to try innovative uses of new technologies and other means of supporting language and literacy development in their own classrooms. All presentations were congruent with the then current New York State Common Core Learning ...


Review Of Young Meaning Makers Teaching Comprehension, Grades K-2, Ashley Fragoso Jan 2017

Review Of Young Meaning Makers Teaching Comprehension, Grades K-2, Ashley Fragoso

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

The Common Core Curriculum State Standards for teaching literature and informational texts provide a clear understanding of what students are expected to learn during comprehension instruction. Young Meaning Makers Teaching Comprehension, Grade K-2 (2016), written by D. Ray Reutzel, Sarah K. Clark, Cindy D. Jones, and Sandra L. Gillam is a useful text for understanding theoretical and practical components of text comprehension. The authors provide a framework, language facilitation techniques, model lessons, and assessment types ranging at different levels of comprehension processing. This book empowers educators to create a learning community immersed in conversation surrounding literature in ways that bring ...


Review Of Rti In The Common Core Classroom: A Framework For Instruction And Assessment, Doreen Mazzye Jan 2017

Review Of Rti In The Common Core Classroom: A Framework For Instruction And Assessment, Doreen Mazzye

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

This book review supports “The Power of Literacy” through a second look at Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how CCSS can be implemented through the framework of Response to Intervention (RTI). The authors address the important question of how does a teacher follow the rigorous standards of CCSS and meet the learning needs of students with learning difficulties? The book provides teachers with clear models of how to meet the expectations of the Common Core Standards in the multi-tiered framework of RTI. The authors provide practical solutions with vivid examples of implementation to assist teachers in fostering a RTI ...


The Use Of Responses To Reading As A Vehicle To Opinion Writing In The Primary Grades, Zoi A. Philippakos Jan 2017

The Use Of Responses To Reading As A Vehicle To Opinion Writing In The Primary Grades, Zoi A. Philippakos

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

Writing to persuade is an important writing purpose that students and learners need to develop and use both in their academic lives and in the workplace. The Common Core State Standards set specific expectations for students’ opinion writing starting from Kindergarten. This article explains the use of response to reading as a way to introduce opinion writing in the primary grades. The approach is based on strategy instruction, reading and writing connections through interactive read alouds, collaborative reasoning through oral expression, and evaluation to revise through the use of specific evaluation criteria. Resources are suggested for teachers interested in implementing ...


Preparing Today To Empower Future Learners: Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences Selecting & Evaluating Children’S Literature For Quality And Use In Prek-6th Grade Integrated Literacy/Science Instruction, Carolyn Stone, Deborah Conrad Jan 2017

Preparing Today To Empower Future Learners: Pre-Service Teachers’ Experiences Selecting & Evaluating Children’S Literature For Quality And Use In Prek-6th Grade Integrated Literacy/Science Instruction, Carolyn Stone, Deborah Conrad

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

The use of quality texts in elementary classrooms plays a major role in children’s literacy development. Quality children’s literature helps learners develop into skilled readers and writers with increased gains in vocabulary knowledge and comprehension. This paper demonstrates how pre-service teachers gained an understanding of the educational value of evaluating texts for quality. Using a mentor teacher assigned science topic, the pre-service teachers reviewed and evaluated texts and electronic based resources on specific science topics. The data highlights pre-service teachers’ reflections on how quality texts can be a powerful tool in supporting literacy success in their future teaching ...


Engaging Students In The Research Process: Comparing Approaches Used With Diverse Learners In Two Urban High School Classrooms, Salika A. Lawrence, Tiffany Jefferson, Nancy Osborn Jan 2017

Engaging Students In The Research Process: Comparing Approaches Used With Diverse Learners In Two Urban High School Classrooms, Salika A. Lawrence, Tiffany Jefferson, Nancy Osborn

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

This paper describes instructional choices used by two high school teachers to engage students in the research process. Working with diverse learners in large urban high schools, the teachers used different approaches to support students’ through the research process. The teachers’ intentional teaching helped to engage students through structured and semi-structured explorations of real-world issues.


Constructing A Sense Of Story: One Block At A Time, Joanne Robertson-Eletto, Smita Guha, Marina Marinelli Jan 2017

Constructing A Sense Of Story: One Block At A Time, Joanne Robertson-Eletto, Smita Guha, Marina Marinelli

The Language and Literacy Spectrum

This photo essay focuses upon the literacy practices of two groups of preschoolers as they built, illustrated, and dictated stories in response to their participation in a “Castle Project.” Data, including literacy artifacts, photodocumentation, sociodramatic play scenarios, and conversations are qualitatively analyzed, coded, and evaluated over a three month period. We use a narrative approach to describe the three- and four-year-olds’ talk, actions, and ideas, and the ways block play facilitated their sense of story and motivation to write. We suggest a reciprocity of thinking between the building and composing processes. Preschoolers’ story ideas, we deduce, were conceptualized and rehearsed ...