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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of December 2nd

posted Dec 2, 2018, 5:40 PM by Courtney Richardson   [ updated Dec 2, 2018, 5:41 PM ]
Engage in a Guided Reading Focused Professional Learning Community (PLC) as a Means to Impact Student Literacy Performance

As I deliver guided reading focused professional development around the country, I am often asked what are the next steps to improve student literacy performance. Amongst various suggestions, I discuss the need for regular engagement in Professional Learning Communities (DuFour & Mattos, 2013), which includes collaborative teacher conversations centered on student literacy data like running records, writing samples, word knowledge inventories and reading interest surveys. Questions pondered during such discussions include the following: What are the students’ strengths and needs? What are the implications for the design and implementation of guided reading? How can students serviced by more than one staff member be best supported, based on data? In a nutshell, ongoing engagement in a PLC is a powerful way to be responsive to Jan’s recommendation to “get to know your students” (October 21, 2018 Literacy Tip) and implement spot-on guided reading, which in the end can impact student literacy performance! 
Written by: Carolyn Gwinn, PhD, Educational Consultant and Author