This year's initiative is being offered in a new format that is designed to build knowledge and an understanding of effective instruction to enable real change in practice and student outcomes in early literacy. The mission of the initiative to "Revolutionize Literacy Instruction" is to help teachers understand deeply the science of reading instruction, demonstrate what structured literacy instruction looks like, as well as equip them with tools, strategies, and best practices to improve the quality of instruction and increase student achievement. The cost per participant is $75, which includes instructional aids and materials, plus the cost of the CEUs.
Five modules are being offered, each focusing on one specific domain of the reading processes necessary for comprehension. This extended model will combine interactive seminar learning with opportunities to observe and practice evidence-based instruction in a supportive environment with colleagues throughout the school year. Participants will receive materials for use in their own classrooms. Each module is set to meet one day every other month for a total of 4 days, plus a short (1.5 hours) virtual session at the end. Modules will be held in Oxford, Jackson, Meridian, and the Gulfport/Biloxi area.
Module offerings include:
1. Deep Dive into Word Recognition - This module includes the study and application of knowledge of phonological awareness, phonics, building fluency and its role in the reading process, specific diagnostic assessments, and standards alignment. This module is offered in August, October, December, February, and a virtual session in April.
2. Deep Dive into Vocabulary and Language Comprehension - This module will focus on how to teach the constituent skills of language development that are necessary for reading comprehension. These include background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures (syntax), verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge. Comprehension strategies recognized as being most effective will be addressed, as well as, language assessments, and standards alignment. This module is offered in September, November, January, March, and one virtual session in April.
3. Teaching Writing Comprehensively - This module addresses all aspects of written expression, not just the familiar writing process. This module examines the sequence of skills involved in becoming a good writer that begins with handwriting (both print and cursive) and encoding (transcription). Participants will learn the important aspects of writing that include spelling, punctuation, language and ideation skills, influencers on writing, the role of executive function, assessments of writing, and other related topics. This module is offered in August, October, December, February, and one virtual session in April.
4. Systematically Addressing Literacy Deficits - This module will focus on how to interpret various screeners used in our state, administer and interpret diagnostic assessments, and how to align, execute, and progress monitor the effectiveness of instruction aligned to a student's lowest deficit skill. This module is offered in September, November, January, March, and one virtual session in April.
5. Effectively Leading Literacy Instruction and Student Learning - This module focuses on a basic understanding of the foundational skills of reading instruction, what to look for in the literacy block, how to calculate catch-up growth, and how to use time, resources, and communications to build investment in your team’s effort to close the literacy gap. School leaders will learn how to coach and to provide effective, ongoing feedback that are essential to changing teacher practice and student outcomes. This module is offered in September, November, January, March, and one virtual session in April.
To ensure improvement in practice and as part of the CEU requirement, participants will be encouraged in all modules to apply the specific key learnings and techniques in their classrooms In between each session. These experiences will be debriefed in the following session in a structured reflection process with colleagues. Teachers will be provided with a manual of Blackline Masters to use in their classroom as well as a resource kit of teaching aids and materials. Upon completion, registrants will earn 5 CEUs or 50 SEMIs with demonstrated perfect attendance and submission of required documents and student metrics related to change in practice.
By submitting this registration form, you are indicating an understanding and commitment to support the following requirements of the series and for CEU awards. These include: * Full participation in all 4 off-site sessions, plus 1 virtual session during the academic year. * Encouraging the practice of evidence-based techniques participants will be learning throughout the year and engaging, as school leader, in observing how these new practices are being implemented and if they are improving outcomes. Observation tools will be provided to school leaders for this purpose. * Allowing teachers in your school to share (blinded) student metrics and related academic data as a result of specific early literacy practices they will be implementing in order to measure impact of professional learning * Commitment to cover the $75 fee for each participant registered, recognizing that this includes teaching materials and the CEU fee. CEUs will not be awarded unless all requirements are met.
By accepting this registration form, the Barksdale Reading Institute will provide the following: - High quality professional development over the course of 4 days for each module across the academic year, beginning in the month of August and and concluding in March. The final virtual session will be conducted during the month of April. - Classroom instructional manipulatives/resources and a manual of Blackline Masters for each registered participant for classroom use.- Feedback and support to teachers on activities/assignments to be completed in between sessions, all of which support application of what is learned in the sessions. Participants will have access via email and phone contacts to BRI facilitators throughout the course. - Award of 5 CEUs or 50 SEMIs upon completion of the module and full submission of the required documents.
You need only register your intent and expected number of participants before July 15th. Once the pre-registration period is over, you will receive a confirmation email from the Barksdale Reading Institute no later than August 1st requesting specific teachers’ contact information, if not included in the form below, and the dates and locations for each session. Payments for attendees will be due by October 31, 2019.
For updates on this and other activities of The Barksdale Reading Institute, please visit our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BarksdaleReading/). Please direct questions to Marion McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to engaging with you in the coming school year as we work together to revolutionize literacy instruction and to improve literacy outcomes for our students.