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Literacy in brighton

  1. 1. By Lanni Maszerowski<br />Literacy in Brighton<br />
  2. 2. The town of Brighton<br /><ul><li>First ring suburb of Rochester, NY
  3. 3. 3rd smallest town in Monroe County
  4. 4. Population of 36,000
  5. 5. 25% of the households have school-aged children
  6. 6. The median income for a family is $70,000</li></li></ul><li>Brighton memorial library<br /><ul><li>Children’s Center
  7. 7. Play areas with puppets, costumes, </li></ul> and other storytelling props<br /><ul><li>Daily Story Time
  8. 8. Child-Friendly Computers
  9. 9. Library Club (kids age 8–10)
  10. 10. Summer Reading Program
  11. 11. Adult Programs
  12. 12. Literature Circles
  13. 13. Poetry Readings
  14. 14. Creative Writing Seminars
  15. 15. Book Swaps
  16. 16. Every Child Ready to Read
  17. 17. Literacy Program implemented by the Brighton children’s librarians
  18. 18. Targeted to parents with children ages 0–5
  19. 19. Provides parents with Early Childhood Literacy Kits</li></li></ul><li>Brighton Recreation Department<br /><ul><li>Baby American Sign Language classes
  20. 20. Teach basic signs to parents and their children (6 months – 2 years)
  21. 21. Use songs, books, and games
  22. 22. Claims to help children develop larger vocabularies
  23. 23. Parent/Toddler Classes
  24. 24. Incorporate active play and the development of motor skills
  25. 25. Most have an emphasis on increasing exposure to books, songs, and creative activities
  26. 26. Literature Circles
  27. 27. Seasonal Activities
  28. 28. The Art of Telling Ghost Stories
  29. 29. Letters to Santa
  30. 30. Valentine’s Poetry
  31. 31. Typing/Internet Safety Classes</li></li></ul><li>Brighton Central School District<br /><ul><li>3,507 enrolled for the 2011-2012 school year
  32. 32. 4 schools
  33. 33. Council Rock Primary School (K-2)
  34. 34. French Road Elementary School (3-5)
  35. 35. Twelve Corners Middle School (6-8)
  36. 36. Brighton High School (9-12)
  37. 37. Average student to teacher ratio is 12:1
  38. 38. Participates in the Rochester Urban-Suburban Program</li></li></ul><li>French road elementary school<br /><ul><li>Grades 3-5
  39. 39. 781 students
  40. 40. Average class size is 21
  41. 41. 3% of students are English language learners
  42. 42. 6% of students have documented disabilities
  43. 43. 2011 National Blue Ribbon School</li></ul>#1 Fund-Raising School in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart – 12 years in a row!<br />
  44. 44. nysela exam<br />Serious Academic <br />Deficiencies<br />Needs Extra Help Meets Standards Exceeds Standards<br />
  45. 45. Special education @ FRES<br /><ul><li>Partial Inclusion
  46. 46. Three 12:1:1 classrooms, one per grade level
  47. 47. Students move between their inclusive homeroom and the special education room
  48. 48. Segregation
  49. 49. Two 6:1:1 classrooms made up of students from all three grade levels
  50. 50. Students need substantial academic and behavioral support
  51. 51. Each student has an aide
  52. 52. Some mainstreaming
  53. 53. Some students have “jobs” helping around the school
  54. 54. Some students may visit classrooms during specific times</li></li></ul><li>LITERACY @ FRES<br /><ul><li>Use Houghton MiffinReading anthology at each grade level
  55. 55. Use the Balanced Literacy Approach
  56. 56. Reading Workshop
  57. 57. Writing Workshop
  58. 58. Word Study
  59. 59. Listening andSpeaking Studies
  60. 60. 3rd grade teachers utilize the Daily 5</li></li></ul><li>Reading workshop<br /><ul><li>Independent Reading
  61. 61. Read Aloud
  62. 62. Guided Reading
  63. 63. Teacher chooses material based on student needs
  64. 64. Teacher works with a small group on a specific skill
  65. 65. Claim that struggling readers may benefit from daily guided reading instruction
  66. 66. Literature Circles
  67. 67. Implemented 0-4 times a year, depending on the teacher</li></li></ul><li>Writing workshop<br /><ul><li>Independent Writing
  68. 68. Students write using a prompt, topic, or genre
  69. 69. Process-Oriented
  70. 70. Rough Draft
  71. 71. Peer Conference
  72. 72. Revised Rough Draft
  73. 73. Teacher Conference
  74. 74. Final Copy
  75. 75. 6+1 Writing Traits
  76. 76. Idea Development, Organization, Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Presentation
  77. 77. Guided Writing</li></li></ul><li>WORD STUDY<br /><ul><li>New Word Study program
  78. 78. Revamped over the summer
  79. 79. Eliminated grade level spelling lists
  80. 80. New emphasis on patterns and sounds instead of just spelling
  81. 81. Students are informally assessed periodically by the classroom teacher to determine a phonics skill to focus on
  82. 82. During the week students participate in Fountas and Pinnell word study activities at school and at home
  83. 83. Students are assessed on their ability to spell the words and to sort the words and explain their thinking</li></li></ul><li>Listening and speaking studies<br /><ul><li>Components of effective listening
  84. 84. Eyes on speaker
  85. 85. Sitting attentively
  86. 86. Note important information (retell, summarize)
  87. 87. Components of effective speaking
  88. 88. Enunciating
  89. 89. Pacing
  90. 90. Audibility
  91. 91. Good posture
  92. 92. Eye contact
  93. 93. Confidence</li></li></ul><li>LITERACY ASSESSMENTS<br /><ul><li>AIMSweb Reading Fluency Assessment [September, January, June]
  94. 94. Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment [September, February, June]
  95. 95. MAP (Measuring Academic Progress) Assessment [date varies by grade]
  96. 96. Practice NYS ELA exam [January]
  97. 97. NYS ELA exam [May]</li></li></ul><li>FRES Library<br /><ul><li>Each class visits the library for a lesson with the librarian every six days (once a cycle)
  98. 98. The Library Club meets once a week before school and is open to all students
  99. 99. The Rochester Regional Library Council named the FRES library the 2011 School Library of the Year</li></li></ul><li>Literacy SPECIALISTS<br /><ul><li>1 Literacy Coach
  100. 100. Observes each teacher during ELA several times a year
  101. 101. Leads seminars presenting current research and curriculum updates
  102. 102. Releases a monthly literacy newsletter for teachers
  103. 103. Pushes in to model strategies for teachers
  104. 104. Helps teachers set goals and meet goals
  105. 105. Reading Specialists</li></li></ul><li>Before school intervention<br /><ul><li>Early Morning Reading
  106. 106. 3rd grade students are recommended due to deficits with decoding
  107. 107. Meets three times a week before school
  108. 108. Teachers implement the Wilson Reading Program
  109. 109. Reinforce skills on the computer using Lexio SOS, a reading program
  110. 110. Publisher’s Club
  111. 111. 4th grade students are recommended due to deficits with and and writing to a prompt
  112. 112. Meets twice a week before school
  113. 113. Goal is to improve skills before the NYS ELA exam</li></li></ul><li>HOME-SCHOOL LITERACY CONNECTION<br /><ul><li>Principal sends out a monthly “Literacy Connection” newsletter for parents
  114. 114. Parents are encouraged to be volunteers
  115. 115. Library helpers
  116. 116. Guest Speakers
  117. 117. Read Alouds
  118. 118. Scholastic Book Orders go home monthly
  119. 119. Intergenerational Committee
  120. 120. Made up of members of the community
  121. 121. Meets monthly to plan activities for people of all ages
  122. 122. PTSA</li></li></ul><li>A CLOSER LOOK: A 5th grade class<br /><ul><li>20 students (4 ELLs, 3 students in ELA AIS)
  123. 123. Daily ELA Schedule
  124. 124. Daily Oral Language (10-15 minutes daily)
  125. 125. Reading Workshop (45-60 minutes daily)
  126. 126. SQUIRT (15 minutes)
  127. 127. Word Work (15 minutes)
  128. 128. Guided Reading (15 minutes)
  129. 129. Reading Response Journals (15 minutes)
  130. 130. Writing Workshop (45-60 minutes daily)
  131. 131. Independent Writing (15 minutes)
  132. 132. Writing Conferences (15 minutes)
  133. 133. Guided Writing (15 minutes)</li></li></ul><li>TEXTS USED OVER 3 DAYS<br /><ul><li>Guided Reading Groups – “Survival” Unit
  134. 134. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (middle level)
  135. 135. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (middle level)
  136. 136. Far North by Will Hobbs (high level)
  137. 137. Read Aloud
  138. 138. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  139. 139. Reader’s Response Journals
  140. 140. Frindle by Andrew Clements (read during the previous week)
  141. 141. Independent Reading (SQUIRT)
  142. 142. Student selected</li></li></ul><li>Teacher’s views<br /><ul><li>Methods
  143. 143. Guided Reading is the main part of her ELA instruction
  144. 144. Students are put in groups based on F & P reading level
  145. 145. Constantly assessing her students informally
  146. 146. Emphasizes the importance of daily independent reading
  147. 147. Goals (set yearly with mentor)
  148. 148. Implement the new Word Study program effectively
  149. 149. Increase the reading levels of her ELL students
  150. 150. Read more literature — both YA books and current educational research
  151. 151. Advice
  152. 152. Use literature that is relevant and authentic
  153. 153. Get parents involved — the difference is enormous</li></li></ul><li>My views<br /><ul><li>My experience in the Brighton Central School District
  154. 154. Attended BCSD schools for K-12, graduated in 2007
  155. 155. Run a summer camp at French Road
  156. 156. Currently a substitute teacher in the district
  157. 157. Brighton’s strengths with literacy
  158. 158. Research-based programs, constantly evolving
  159. 159. Assessment leads to instruction
  160. 160. Whole group, small group, partner, and individual activities
  161. 161. Areas for improvement
  162. 162. Group students by a skill they need to improve, not just reading level
  163. 163. Spend more time doing independent reading
  164. 164. More integration of ELA with social studies and science</li></li></ul><li>resources<br /><ul><li>Brighton Central School District homepage
  165. 165. http://bcsd.org
  166. 166. French Road Elementary School
  167. 167. K-6 Literacy
  168. 168. Instructional Support
  169. 169. FRES Library
  170. 170. Town of Brighton homepage
  171. 171. http://townofbrighton.org
  172. 172. Brighton Memorial Library
  173. 173. Brighton Recreation and Parks</li>

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