| We will (ALL) learn together how to explicitly teach reading and writing within a Balanced Literacy Framework.|
Teachers will feel supported by their administration, their RT’s, the District Literacy Resource Teachers and District Office personnel.
ALL stakeholders will work corroboratively toward the goal of enhancing the literacy skills of our students.
Teachers will become familiar with and apply the 6 Assessment For Learning Strategies.
Our students will be competent readers and writers.
Our ‘struggling’ students will be supported and show improvement; we are working toward closing the achievement gap.
90% of our students in each grade will be in the ‘Minimally Meeting Expectations' band or higher based on the established district bands/targets, PM Benchmarks, Whole Class Reading Assessments, and Writing Performance Standards.
Grades 7 - 9
The Literacy Assessment Tools:
|K-3 teachers will begin field testing the district Primary Screener.||All students in grades 1-3 will be assessed using the PM
Benchmarks Kit. Any students in grade 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 who are
considered ‘at risk’, will also be assessed with this tool. |
|The Whole Class Reading Assessment will be used for students in grades 4-7. |
|RAD will be used in grade 8 |
|Writing will be assessed using Performance Rubrics (adapted from the BC Performance Standards) |
|Information gleaned from these assessment tools will be used to inform
instruction and help determine district and school goals |
- District Literacy Plan Report as of June 2013
- Each school develops a literacy team and a literacy plan.
- Each school literacy plan is unique to that
school and its goals are based on student's needs. Student needs
are determined by district assessment tools, school developed
assessment tools and/or provincial assessments.
- Literacy Lead Teachers attend district meetings
with the District Literacy Resource Teachers to learn about
collaboration, assessment and literacy instruction.
- After school in-services are provided on district assessment tools and literacy topics.
- 4 Individual schools are supported by
the District Literacy Resource Teachers with: developing school-wide
projects to improve student reading and/or writing such as the Sight
Word buddy program and the Letter Name Kits. Teachers at these 4
schools are also supported with: writing collaborative school
literacy plans, resource teachers attending/co-facilitating
collaborative school literacy meetings, demonstration lessons,
professional development around school literacy goals, and selecting
and purchasing literacy resources.
Key Components of Our Literacy Project
- Focus on student learning.
- On-going in-service and support for teachers and administrators.
- In-class support for teachers.
- Common assessment tools throughout the district.
- Assessments used to inform instruction.
- Common language in the district around literacy strategies.
- District collects data on PM Benchmarks in Gr. 1-3, whole class assessments Gr. 4-7. RAD in grade 8.
- Focus on ensuring that all children have access to books they can read with 95-99% accuracy.
- Individual school book rooms have leveled books that are consistent with the district assessment tools.
- Access for all teachers to the
District Resource Centre (DRC): leveled books for guided reading and
literature circles, fiction and non-fiction classroom libraries, big
books, differentiated texts to support the Science and Social Studies
Writing Fix - Books and Lessons for teaching writing traits