We were impressed with Reading Ways' Ohio site leaders as they completed the first stage of implementation! These instructional leaders sought to create personalized learning opportunities for faculty members during a year of many changes.
Site leaders are dedicated to supporting their colleagues in developing discipline-specific literacy practices. During level one of implementation, Site Leaders, with the guidance of Reading Ways consultants, use our online learning system and our collection of digital and print resources to lead teacher teams in ongoing inquiry, discussion, and reflection as they are introduced to important topics in language and literacy development such as:
This year, we onboarded twenty-four teachers from Ohio to the platform. The teacher was provided with numerous instructional resources categorized by topic. Across 30 lesson topics, teachers contributed over 300 insightful responses! As a team, they met in small groups led by the Site Leader to unpack, discuss, and collaborate on disciplinary literacy. Teachers were shown ways to generate discussions in the classroom by Site Leaders using discussion protocols and talk moves. Discussion protocols were well received by the teachers. One teacher stated, “I really loved the use of the discussion protocols used during [meetings] in order to give us an idea of what they would look like when used within the classroom.” Over time, meetings also naturally became a time for reflection on one's own practices and ways to improve them.
In recognition of the hard work done by the Site Leaders, Reading Ways held a celebratory meeting. In the meeting, Site Leaders were awarded certificates and transcripts for successful completion of level 1 implementations. Principals and superintendents attended to congratulate them on completing the academic year strong and to note the enthusiasm among teachers for this unique and motivating professional development opportunity.
Reading Ways looks forward to welcoming these inspirational Site Leaders back for Year 2!