Companion resources for the comprehensive literacy guide
Promising Literacy for Every Child: Reading Recovery and a Comprehensive Literacy System provides practical direction for assessing your school’s literacy practices, includes self-assessment tools for examining each of the six essential components identified, and shares ideas on how to design a plan to accomplish significant improvements in students’ literacy learning.
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RRCNA Professional Learning Toolkits:
Free and low-cost resources organized by topic areas
“A learning community shares and reflects on practice to enhance the learning of both students and teachers.”
Promising Literacy for Every Child: Reading Recovery and a Comprehensive Literacy System
RRCNA's Professional Learning Toolkits help educators learn together while creating a shared vision and goals for literacy learning. The toolkits organize RRCNA’s videos, journal articles, audio files, and other resources by literacy topic areas.
The toolkits are designed as an extension of Promising Literacy for Every Child: Reading Recovery and a Comprehensive Literacy System (RRCNA, 2014). This guide connects self-evaluation tools with your staff’s current strengths and the essential components of a comprehensive literacy approach to promote high-quality literacy instruction for all children in your school.
Each toolkit suggests ways to involve your teaching staff and administrators in enhancing the comprehensive literacy system and should be adapted to meet the particular needs and interests in your school. Timeframes for each professional learning experience may vary, but most involve participation across several weeks.
In each toolkit are session topics, free and low-cost resources including videos, reference guides, journal articles, web links, and audio files. Toolkits will focus on assessment and progress monitoring, literacy teaching and learning, writing, oral language, text reading and comprehension, implementation and learning communities, and letter and word work.
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An Introduction to RRCNA Professional Learning Toolkits
This two-page introduction provides background on the toolkits, guides leaders in setting priorities and expectations, and describes the resources and how to use them.
Toolkit #1 Assessing and Monitoring Children’s Literacy Behavior
Guiding Principle: Assessment is central to knowing students’ progress and achievement. It helps teachers construct understanding of how students are developing as readers and writers and provides critical information to make important teaching decisions.
The emphasis is on assessing and monitoring literacy behaviors of primary-grade students over time. It is specifically designed for classroom teachers and interventionists. Administrators, coaches, and support personnel will gain a better understanding of assessment/monitoring practices to strengthen a comprehensive plan that promises literacy for every child.
Toolkit #2 Literacy Teaching and Learning
Guiding Principle: All classroom literacy and intervention initiatives involve children in active, constructive learning during the process of reading and writing continuous texts.
The emphasis is on teaching and learning. The toolkit is specifically designed for classroom teachers, interventionists, and all other professionals involved in literacy instruction. Administrators will gain a better understanding of teaching practices that strengthen a comprehensive plan that promises literacy for every child.
Toolkit #3 Text Reading and Comprehension
Guiding Principle: Marie Clay defined reading as “a message-getting, problem-solving activity, which increases in power and flexibility the more it is practised” (2001, p. 1). In keeping with that definition, the guiding principle for this toolkit is that all classroom literacy and intervention initiatives should involve children in active, constructive learning during the process of reading and writing continuous texts.
Because of the comprehensive nature of this topic, this toolkit differs from others in this library; it is divided into units that identify available resources for six topic areas: determining an instructional reading level, selecting the right texts, introducing texts, building understanding, phrasing in fluent reading, and general instructional support. The toolkit is appropriate for classroom teachers, coaches, interventionists, literacy specialists, and administrators.