Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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English Language Arts / Literacy: Statewide PD

Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework is a professional development opportunity developed by literacy specialists from the Arkansas Department of Education and education service cooperatives to provide guidance and support in building and sustaining a comprehensive literacy system at the local level. As a whole, the modules serve as a complete course of study for reading and writing teachers in the following grade bands:  K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8. Each of the modules focuses on key components of a comprehensive system. Educators may register for individual modules to meet specific needs or complete the entire set of modules to gain in-depth understanding of all the components. The modules do not need to be taken in sequence; however, it is recommended that educators begin with the Overview Module if they intend to complete the full set of modules. Follow-up support and coaching for implementation is available.  
 
The overarching goals of Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework are to enable K-8 educators to:  
  • Deepen their understanding of the essential elements of reading, writing, speaking, and listening instruction. 
  • Apply knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in the disciplines to appropriate grade-level content in the appropriate grade-level classroom context.
  • Analyze the data generated from student assessments to guide and adjust instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  • Select the most appropriate evidence-based instructional strategies and practices to support diverse student populations. 

K-1 Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

Module One (available summer 2015)  
Overview of a Comprehensive Literacy Framework and Literacy Assessment System (2 days) 
Designed specifically for K-1 educators, this module identifies the critical components of a comprehensive literacy system, focuses on the unique instructional needs of the K-1 learner as related to literacy acquisition, explores setting the context for learning through instructional approaches that meet the needs of the learner, and provides the purposes and types of literacy assessments that when used appropriately will guide instructional decisions.  
 
Required text: Shaping Literate Minds:  Developing Self-Regulated Learners by Linda Dorn and Carla Soffos 
 
Module Two (available summer 2015)
Phonics/Word Study: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, and Spelling Instruction (2 days) 
Designed specifically for K-1 educators, this module focuses on instructional approaches aimed at exploring the sound, pattern, and meaning relationships among words in order to develop children’s phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary. Students are guided towards making discoveries about how words work and generalizing their understandings in order to read, spell, and write more efficiently.  
 
Required Text: Word Journeys by Kathy Ganske, 2nd edition 
 
Module Three (available late Fall 2015)
Oral Language (1 day) 
Designed specifically for K-1 educators, this module focuses on how vocabulary and oral language develops in young children as well as instructional approaches that engage children in developing vocabulary and oral language capabilities.  
 
Participants are encouraged to bring a text for read aloud and a big book for shared reading.  These texts will be utilized for planning instruction with texts that the teacher is already planning on using with the class.
 
Required Text: Developing Vocabulary and Oral Language in Young Children by Rebecca D. Silverman and Anna M. Hartranft
 
Module Four (available Summer 2016)
Shared Reading (1 day) 
Designed specifically for K-1 educators, this module focuses on teacher instruction that will help students to develop concepts of print, vocabulary, oral language, word recognition, fluency, and comprehension strategies through repeated readings of shared texts. Educators will be guided through the process of planning explicit instruction that will allow students to construct meaning while actively engaged in shared reading texts.
 
Required Text: Read It Again! by Barbara Parkes.
 
Module Five (available Fall 2016) Subject to change as module is revised
Read Aloud (1 day)
Designed specifically for K-1 educators, this module focuses on instruction that will show students how to employ a range of strategies through teacher modeling of the behaviors of good readers and providing a model of fluent and expressive reading.  This includes constructing meaning while reading and applying fix-up strategies when appropriate.  Vocabulary growth and concept development will also be addressed.
 
Required Text: Bringing Words to Life by Isabel Beck
 
Module Six (available Summer 2017) 
Small Group Instruction and Familiar Reading (2 days)
 
Module Seven (available Fall 2017)
Writing (2 days)
 

Grades 2-3 Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

 
Module One (available summer 2015)  
Overview of a Comprehensive Literacy Framework and Literacy Assessment System (2 days) 
Designed specifically for Grades 2-3 educators, this module identifies the critical components of a comprehensive literacy system, focuses on the unique instructional needs of the learner as related to literacy acquisition, explores setting the context for learning through instructional approaches that meet the needs of the learner, and provides the purposes and types of literacy assessments that when used appropriately will guide instructional decisions. 
 
Required Text: Guiding Readers and Writers by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell 
 
Module Two (available summer 2015)
Word Study:  Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction (2 days) 
Designed specifically for Grades 2-3 educators, this module focuses on a systematic, engaging approach aimed at exploring the sound, pattern, and meaning relationships among words. Students are guided towards making discoveries about how words work and generalizing their understandings in order to read, spell, and write more efficiently.  
 
Required Text: Word Journeys by Kathy Ganske, 2nd edition
 
Module Three (available summer 2016) 
Reading Instruction (2 days)
Designed specifically for Grades 2-3 educators, this module focuses on the key principles of effective reading instruction within the reading workshop. This includes understanding procedures and materials necessary for developing competent readers.  Participants will
examine comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary utilizing the systems of strategic actions
for processing text.  It is recommended that educators begin with the Overview Module if they intend to complete the entire series.
 
Required text: Teaching for Comprehension and Fluency:  Thinking, Talking and Writing about Reading by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. 
 
 
Module Four (available summer 2016)
Writing Instruction 
Designed specifically for Grades 2-3 educators, this module identifies the critical components of effective writing instruction within the writing workshop. This includes strategies needed for writing across the curriculum using three text types - opinion, explanatory, and informative.  
It is recommended that educators begin with the Overview Module if they intend to complete the entire series.
 
Required text: The Writing Workshop:  Working Through the Hard Parts (and They’re All Hard Parts) by Katie Wood Ray.
 

Grades 4-5 Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

 
Module One (available summer 2015)  
Overview of a Comprehensive Literacy Framework and Literacy Assessment System (2 days) 
Designed specifically for Grades 4-5 educators, this module identifies the critical components of a comprehensive literacy system, focuses on the unique instructional needs of the learner as related to literacy acquisition, explores setting the context for learning through instructional approaches that meet the needs of the learner, and provides the purposes and types of literacy assessments that when used appropriately will guide instructional decisions. 
 
Required Text: Guiding Readers and Writers by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell 
 
Module Two (available summer 2015)
Word Study:  Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary Instruction (2 days) 
Designed specifically for Grades 4-5 educators, this module focuses on a systematic, engaging approach aimed at exploring the sound, pattern, and meaning relationships among words. At this stage many of the words are related and derive from the same Greek or Latin root. Students are guided towards making discoveries about how words work and generalizing their understandings in order to read, spell, and write more efficiently. 
 
 Required Text: Word Journeys by Kathy Ganske, 2nd edition
 
Module Three (available summer 2016) 
Reading Instruction (2 days)
Designed specifically for Grades 4-5 educators, this module focuses on research-based reading instruction for whole group and small group to move students to independence.  At this grade level, students must engage in close, analytic reading. Therefore, an emphasis in this PD has been placed on implementing close reading instruction. This includes strategies needed for comprehending and responding to complex texts across multiple genres, and of sufficient complexity in both whole group and small group instruction. These strategies will continue to lead students along the path to becoming college and career ready.  
 
Required text: Closer Reading by Nancy Boyles
 
Module Four (available summer 2016)
Writing Instruction
This module is specifically designed for grades 4-5.  Participants will explore the writing process through the components of Writer’s Workshop and learn how to provide effective instruction and support through conferencing to meet students’ individual needs as they create narrative, informational/explanatory, and opinion writing pieces.   A focus is placed on analyzing an author’s craft through mentor texts to assist students in developing their own craft and foundational writing skills.   
 
Required text:  
 
 

Grades 6-8 Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

 
Module One (available summer 2015)  
Overview of a Comprehensive Literacy Framework and Literacy Assessment System (2 days
Designed specifically for Grades 6-8 ELA educators, this module identifies the critical components of a comprehensive literacy system, focuses on the unique instructional needs of the learner as related to literacy acquisition, explores setting the context for learning through instructional approaches that meet the needs of the learner, and provides the purposes and types of literacy assessments that when used appropriately will guide instructional decisions. 
 
Module Two (available summer 2015)
Word Study:  Orthography, Morphology, and Vocabulary Instruction (2 days) 
Designed specifically for Grades 6-8 ELA educators, this module focuses on a systematic, engaging approach aimed at developing learners’ understandings of how words work and developing vocabulary knowledge through speaking, reading, and writing. Students are guided towards making discoveries about word relationships and generalizing their understandings in order to read, spell, and write more efficiently. 
 
 Required Text: Vocabulary Their Way Second Edition by Templeton, et al.
 
Module Three (available Summer 2016)
Reading and Writing Informational Text ( 2 days)
Designed specifically for Grades 6-8 ELA educators, this module contains reading and writing strategies to assist ELA teachers with helping students to access informational texts and develop informative writing. Participants will use the inquiry method to make connections between the texts they are reading and purposes for writing. The two-day module will provide teachers with a model lesson to use with students. 
 
Required text: Comprehension and Collaboration, revised edition by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey “Smokey” Daniels.
 
Module Four (available Summer 2016) 
Reading and Writing Narrative Text 
Designed specifically for Grades 6-8 ELA educators, this module contains reading and writing strategies to assists ELA teachers with reading narrative texts and developing narrative writing. Participants will make connections between the texts they are reading and purposes for writing. The two-day module will provide teachers with a model lesson to use with students. 
 
Required text: Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle.
 
Module Five (available Fall 2016) 
Reading and Writing Argumentative Text 
 

Disciplinary Literacy

Science (Available Summer 2015)
Short Title: Leveraging Literacy in Science
6 hours (one day)
This module is important for science educators at the 4-5 and 6-8 grade levels, as these teachers prepare students to meet the expectations of the NGSS and the state Frameworks.
Extensive research establishes the need for college and career ready students to be proficient in reading and writing complex informational text independently in a variety of content areas. Many of the skills that are evident in strong readers and writers are also core skills in the study of science: predicting, understanding cause and effect, acquiring a rich vocabulary, building background knowledge, and developing the ability to read and write informational texts. This training module addresses effective literacy strategies for learning science and provides educators with opportunity to make connections among the NGSS, Frameworks, and CCSS in order to create instructional plans that incorporate the leverage literacy affords to science students. 
 
 
Social Studies/History (Available Summer 2016)
Short Title:  What’s the story, and who or what’s responsible?
6 hours (one day)
Description: “What’s the story, and who or what’s responsible?” Historical thinking skills drive this session! Designed for social studies/history teachers, this professional learning opportunity offers a model and practice for teaching historical thinking skills and developing inquiry-based lessons. Inquiries based on the revised ADE curriculum framework and C3 Framework will be examined as participants analyze primary and secondary sources. Participants will need online access as they interact with the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) which is aligned to the U.S. History Since 1890 course; historical thinking skills, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and IDM are applicable to all grades. Additional IDMs for Grades 5-12 will also be available.
 

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5612
 
Marshal Hurst, LDC/MDC Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
3010 East Highway 22, Suite A 
Branch, AR 72928
Phone: 501-366-4342
 

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