T1 The Five Year Literacy Plan

     THE FIVE YEAR LITERACY PLAN


What will Tier I Balanced Literacy Look Like in our Elementary Classrooms in Five Years?

As our Tier I balanced literacy initiative continues to unfold, we can look ahead to a common district vision of what our classrooms will look like by June of 2017, five years after the launch of our balanced literacy initiative. 

  1. All classrooms will have a daily Readers' Workshop block that begins with a mini lesson where explicit skill and strategy instruction take place. 
  2. All classrooms will have a daily Writers' Workshop block that begins with a mini lesson where explicit skill and strategy instruction take place.
  3. All classrooms will have a daily Readers' Workshop block that includes 30 minutes of independent reading (15-30 minutes in K-1) and a daily Writers' Workshop block that includes 30 minutes of independent writing (15-30 minutes in K-1).
  4. All classrooms will have a daily Readers' Workshop block that includes small-group instruction and conferring during independent reading and a daily Writers' Workshop block that includes small-group instruction and conferring during independent writing.
  5. All K-2 classrooms will have a daily 15-30 minute Phonics block during which explicit instruction is provided through mini lessons, small-group instruction, and independent practice. All 3-5 classrooms will have a daily 15-30 minute Word Study block during which students construct word knowledge based on phonics, spelling patterns, word recognition, and vocabulary.

How will we Develop K-5 Tier I and Tier II Balanced Literacy Instruction in the Coming Years?

The district will implement a five-year professional learning plan to support K-5 educators in developing and strengthening balanced literacy in our classrooms. In partnership with Teaching and Learning Alliance (TLA), the district will support professional learning for educators with district-wide workshops, professional texts, literacy coaching in our classrooms, and "Lab Classrooms," where Longmeadow educators voluntarily receive additional coaching and support from TLA as they open their classrooms to their colleagues for peer observation and collaboration. 

Our professional learning plan will highlight the following in each year:



YEAR I: 2012-2013


Exploring Guided Reading: Understanding the Needs of Our Readers



YEAR II: 2013-2014


Gradually Releasing Responsibility to Students: Mini Lessons to Guided Reading or Writing to Independent Reading or Writing in RW, WW, and Phonics/Word Study



YEAR III: 2014-2015


Diversifying Explicit Instruction for Students: Expanding Small-Group Options and 1:1 Instructional Techniques for Tier II Instruction.  



YEAR IV: 2015-2016


Gradually Releasing Responsibility to Students: Refining Mini Lessons, Guided Reading or Writing, and Independent Reading or Writing



YEAR V: 2016-2017


Diversifying Explicit Instruction for Students: Refining Small-Group Options and 1:1 Instructional Techniques for Tier II Instruction.