Connecting with School Staff about Literacy
Professional contact between your program staff and school-day literacy leaders — like reading specialists, reading coaches, special education teachers or the library media specialist — promotes the healthy transfer of ideas, information and skills. Most likely, the schools your students attend have a very clear mandate about developing literacy skills.
Schools typically have a wealth of information about the reading and writing abilities of the children they serve. Your staff can become better prepared to support literacy development by engaging in dialogues about good reading and writing practice and identifying individual or small group needs that can be used to inform your planning.
Who can help?
Someone with an advanced degree in reading who provides expert instruction, assessment and leadership for the reading program in a school
Someone who assists classroom teachers and other instructional staff to develop strategies, skills, tools and techniques to effectively teach reading and writing to all students
Special Education Teacher:
Someone who is responsible for the educational needs of students with a wide range of disabilities, and who might also have a range of instrcutional strategies designed to meet the needs of struggling readers
Library Media Specialist (LMS):
Someone who can help identify links to relavent and engaging content, find approporiately leveled literature, and provide strategies for accessing, evaluating and utlizing multiple information sources that foster thinking
- 2Key Terms
- 3Literacy Diagram
- 4Literacy: A Cornerstone of College and Career Readiness
- 5Literacy Skills Develop Over Time
- 6“Texts” Come in All Shapes and Sizes
- 7Literacy: An Evolving Set of Skills
- 8Oral Language and the Reading Connection
- 9Unlocking Meaning: Vocabulary is the Key
- 10The Vocabulary Gap
- 11How Do Reading Skills Develop?
- 12How Do We Become Good Readers?
- 13Five Components of Reading
- 14Phonemic Awareness
- 19Comprehension — Putting the Pieces Together
- 20Developmental Stages of Reading
- 21Stage 1 — Visual Cue Word Recognition
- 22Stage 2 — Phonetic Cue Word Recognition
- 23Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition
- 24Stage 4 — Automatic Word Recognition
- 25Stage 5 — Strategic Reading
- 26Stage 6 — Proficient Adult Reading
- 27How’s My Reading?
- 28The Power of Writing!
- 29How Writing Skills Develop
- 30Why Literacy Is Important
- 31Preventing Summer Learning Loss
- 32Literacy Everywhere
- 33Deepen Your Understanding
- 34Listen to Students Read Aloud
- 35The Value of Good Questions
- 36Motivation — A Key to Promoting Positive Reading Behaviors
- 37Literacy Skills Affect Future Success and Civic Participation
- 38Learn More Library
- 41Check for Understanding