Literacy Learning at Lawrence

Literacy Learning at Lawrence:
Teaching Students to Read and Write (K-8)
PTO Meeting
Tuesday, January 21
8:00 am – Library

One of our school improvement plan goals is to enhance the K-8 literacy program for all students.  If you would like to learn more about how we teach students to read and write, as well as how this is changing, I encourage you to attend the January PTO meeting where our team of literacy specialists will give a presentation about our current work.

Among the topics to be covered are:

  • Classroom Instruction in K-8:  What are the key components of teaching reading and writing? How is the program changing?  What is the teacher’s role? What are students doing?
  • Role of the Literacy Coach: What does a literacy coach do?  How will this position help us enhance our program?
  • Continuum of Support Services:  What does in-class support look like?  When are students selected for small group instruction?  What is the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program?
  • Assessing Progress:  What is the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS)?  When is it administered? How are the results used? How else do we assess students’ progress?
  • Website and Resources for Parents

We are fortunate to have a talented team of literacy specialists, who combine deep content knowledge with expertise and experience in teaching literacy:

  • Jill Demsey works in classrooms in Kindergarten, fourth and fifth grades and provides the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program in grades K-2.
  • Pam Tully works in classrooms in second grade and provides small group support in Grades 1-2.
  • Terry Jewell works in classrooms in first grade and provides the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program in grades 3-5.
  • Dianne Muendel, our Literacy Coach, is providing a 40-hour course on teaching literacy and in-class coaching to all teachers in grades 3-5.   She also co-teaches the model in 3K with Sharon Kiernan.  Finally, Dianne is working with grades 6-8 English teachers Peggy Avakian and Alison Closter to refine our approach to teaching reading at the middle school level.

Please join us to learn more about this critical aspect of your child’s learning.  In the words of noted children’s book author Tomie dePaola: “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.”

 Rick Rogers

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