Moving towards the Common Core Standards in reading and writing, the time is right for school districts to reform literacy instruction by focusing their instruction around the needs of their diverse student population and the teaching styles of their teachers. There is no better way to do this than through a teacher-created, home-grown literacy program that aligns standards with student needs all while remaining cognizant of the teachers who implement the curriculum. In the process, teachers emerge as literacy leaders. The leadership paradigm shifts away from the principal as sole decision-maker and through a shared vision and collective efficacy, classroom teachers and administration form an alliance that ensures success for all students. Because it is the shared responsibility to adapt the program to the learner, the hallmark of this instructional reform is relevant, job-embedded professional development that is provided in a timely fashion. This fosters a democratic learning community where decisions are made together and the status quo is challenged.For example, a fourth grader reading a level J book can practice the skill of noticing character motives just as his peer reading a level U book. ... we believe is integral to studentsa#39; success in the later years is the emphasis on informational texts at the primary grades as well as intermediate. ... Furthermore, she contends that the research outlines four guiding principles for increasing student achievement with ... Based on first-grade reading and writing standards, one set of 94 Chapter Six.
|Title||:||When Teacher Voices Are Heard|
|Author||:||Elizabeth Birnam, Debora Nary|
|Publisher||:||R&L Education - 2013-04-09|