Best practices for teaching K-12 reading/writing.

Welcome to the literacy group!!!!

Ray Dorso Director of Special Services, New Milford School District

Comprehension...Technology...Fluency...Reading Across Content Areas...Reading Programs...Great Novels...Research...Dyslexia...Best Practices...Resources......

Welcome to this group! We will get into great discussions about the topics noted above and many more issues that are essential to student learning.

Please take a minute to introduce yourself, include your background and areas of interest related to literacy!

Thanks Ray

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Secondary English/ELD, Sonoma County, CA

Thank you!

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This is my eleventh year as a high school English teacher and my fourth as the English Learner Resource Teacher/ELD instructor at my site. I taught elementary school for eight years as well, working with ELLs. I am a member of my site's Literacy team and also trained to teach our reading development program, which I taught for four years. I am interested in all of the above topics that you mentioned, with the addition of best practices in writing instruction as well. Literacy, of course, focuses on reading, but at our site we are making a great effort to continually improve our writing program. I am interested in sharing ideas for best practices in the teaching and learning of good writing.

I am also very interested to hear people's experiences with reading programs at the high school level, specifically Language! (Sopris West) and Read 180 (Scholastic), as we have used L! with a degree of success for several years, but are now being forced to move to Read 180. Neither is perfect, and both have major issues, but I have seen L! move some students forward two or more grade levels in a single year when taught "with fidelity." Wondering what people know about Scholastic's program.

I have also had the opportunity to attend workshops and work directly with Dr. Kate Kinsella, SF State, on issues of literacy for ELLs and EOs.

Director of Special Services, New Milford School District

Read 180

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We used Read 180 in my previous district, I will reach out to them and see if I can get the Language Arts Supervisor to share her insights about the program with you.

I like the Read 180 and have seen students respond well to the program.

Scobre Press

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This is my first year leading middle school reading groups with a program from Scobre Press. So far it has been a great program and the students are doing really well and seem to really enjoy their texts and the audiobooks. Scobre is a smaller company, and I know many districts that employ Read 180. I don't have experience with Read 180, but the Scobre Press reading program has been great. Straight-forward, uses Common Core Standards, and I don't have to organize five different resource guides to put together my curriculum! That's been a real relief compared to the programs my district has previously employed.

educational researcher, curriculum developer, and all around education gal

Introduction and a great resource

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Hi, there!

I'm a former elementary school teacher, a long-time K-12 humanities curriculum developer, and formerly ran the English Language Arts product development for a very small publishing company in Maine. I ran professional development sessions for middle and high school English Language Arts teachers in South Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland (most notably Baltimore City Public Schools).

I've looked at MANY supplemental instructional tools for adolescent literacy-- both print and online. Am happy to weigh in on what I've seen. I am a freelancer with no vested interest in any particular company or product.

I am DELIGHTED by the Common Core Standards. I am a fan of blended instruction-- that is, direct instruction of skills as well as literary analysis and creative writing, as well as traditional print and eLearning.

My favorite web resource for middle-high school literacy these days is one that was founded by a friend/colleague of mine who is a former high school English teacher.

Check out Literary Companion, a suite of formative assessments and tools tied specifically to literature and aligned to the Common Core Standards.

I have mixed feelings about READ 180. I think it is a comprehensive tool for struggling learners. However, I've seen it implemented really poorly in schools where teachers don't really understand how to use it as it was designed. It takes quite a lot of training and buy-in by all parties.

Anyway-- glad to be here!!!

Administrative Assistant at Tri-State Literacy Council

all trades . . .

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Hi, I've been a public school teacher off and on for 15 years, presently working for an adult literacy organization. I'm certified in Secondary English and Spanish, and have taught a few years of print journalism also. I love working with adults, although I still long for the challenge of working with 160 or more teens a day. I'm trying to keep up with what is going on in the world of secondary education and perhaps pick up a pointer or two in working in the adult ed world.

Edutopia Consulting Online Editor

Adult Learners

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Hi Carrie,

I also enjoy working with adult learners, but miss teaching teens. I have found in my work with adults, understanding the difference between how children learn and adults learn, has helped me tremendously when planning learning experiences for adult students.

Here's an interesting chart I found recently that may give you some insights and ideas.

Good luck!

7th Grade Civics Teacher

Hi all! I am a Secondary

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Hi all! I am a Secondary Social Studies Ed. major who is graduating in December of 2012 but I hope to continue on with my M.Ed in Reading Education!

Can't wait to chat and learn from you all!

Assistant Superintendent and Author

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I have had 30+ years in education as a teacher, Reading Specialist, principal, university professor, author and District Office Administrator. I have loved working with students and staff especially in the area of teaching reading and writing over the years. I also love integrating literacy instruction with technology and seeing children develop not only a deep understanding of how to use the resources available to them but how reading is linked to everything we do on a day to day basis.

Assistant Superintendent

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When I was principal, my school implemented the Language! program. While we really liked it and had great success with it, it does require training to implement effectively. It is better with older students from grade 4 on and not effective with primary students. If your school has the budget for training and personnel who are committed to learning to work the many components of this program it will be a great plus. It is not an easy program to pick up and do without adequate training.

We use Read 180 in my current district as an additional support for at-risk middle school students. When done with program fidelity it works very well. It is not a replacement for solid and effective teaching however, so in my opinion, Read 180 should not be used as a replacement for good reading instruction. It does work well as a supplement for those students who need more practice and work to close the gap between themselves and their peers. It is a fairly costly program as well since you need the materials as well as the online instruction. In my district, teachers work with small groups on targeted areas of need and rotate the other students to the online work. We have had significant gains with these students in reading proficiency.

High School Reading from Franklin Kentucky

I am in my 3rd year teaching

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I am in my 3rd year teaching but first year teaching read 180 in the high school. It is a great program, but my creative juices are limited due to the strict structure and validity of the program.

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