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Literacy Visit Q&A

posted Dec 18, 2017, 12:13 PM by dblanchard@isd911.org   [ updated Dec 19, 2017, 8:18 AM ]

Q: Why is the district reviewing our literacy resources?

A: In 2018-19, literacy is on the curriculum cycle for review. Since literacy is a foundation to students accessing grade level content, it is essential we understand our current instruction, assessment, technology, interventions and resource needs. The district has requested an outside expert, Dr. Bonnie Houck, conduct school and classroom visits with principals. As Dr. Houck and principals look at the current level of implementation of core components, they will discuss challenges, success and needs. It is essential that our system be reviewed in time for budget planning and building a professional development calendar.

Q: When will the Literacy Review occur?

A: January to March 2018

Q: What do I need to know about the classroom visits?

A: A classroom visit is a short observation of the learning environment, it is not an evaluation of the teacher. Dr. Houck will look for things that are consistent among classrooms and between schools. She may ask a few questions of students or of a teacher while observing. She will look at resources being used and visual evidence within the classroom. It is expected that there are different resources or scarcity going on in our district. We understand how this came to be. It is our goal to learn how we can best move forward to create greater equity in order to ensure consistency in the learning trajectory.


Q: What will be done with the data from the school and classroom visits?

A: Dr. Houck will formulate a summary of her findings.  She will also make recommendations for future action to the Teaching and Learning Department. Where needed, Dr. Houck may specify priorities for the following year (professional development, intervention plans, purchasing or eliminating resources, etc.)

Q: If I’m not a K-8 classroom teacher, does this impact me?

A: Yes. Literacy skills need to be applied across all content areas in order for routines to develop. If all instructional staff anchor their delivery of content area standards, being mindful of a few literacy skills, students will be more successful. The skills needed for vocabulary development, inferential comprehension, writing, conferring on a topic, characterization, etc. all transcend over subject areas.