Our goals for any contract with a school or school system include the following:
To build and support instructional leadership capacity
To create and sustain a community of teachers who reflect deeply on their practice and push one another to improve it
To use a research-based model of higher-order reading comprehension and critical thinking that aligns the instructional mission of teachers across content areas
To embed high-quality, research-based pedagogical tools in schools and classrooms, and to work with teachers to adopt them
These are serious goals, and successful engagement with schools that are new to this work usually requires three years or more. We start by identifying a staff member or small team (the Reading Ways Site Leaders) to lead the work. They enroll in our Literacy Leadership Course, which introduces the Reading Ways Site Leaders to key concepts in adult learning, guides participants through a process of data collection, and helps produce a realistic action plan. The plan is refined in collaboration with school leadership and our Reading Ways team, and then becomes the basis for our implementation contract. Implementation is led by the Reading Ways Site Leader in partnership with teacher leaders and school administration. We support this team with regular in-person, video, and online meetings. The team also has access to a rich library of online and print resources. Building instructional leadership is a key goal for the first year of implementation. We also introduce our online and hybrid resources to the school community. At the end of the first year of implementation, we reflect on and adapt our plan, extending this work with additional teams.
We use the Literacy Action Plan to engage school and district leaders and strategically deploy Reading Ways resources to accomplish your literacy and learning goals. Every engagement contract includes regular video conferences that bring together your in-district Reading Ways Site Leaders and experienced coaches from Reading Ways. We also schedule regular meetings with the school and district administration, to ensure strong alignment with broader school initiatives and district goals.
MOST ENGAGEMENT CONTRACTS ALSO INCLUDE:
- Online hybrid courses for teachers on disciplinary literacy, academic language and vocabulary development, multiple-text comprehension, and classroom argumentation and discussion
- Downloadable, strategies, word lists, assessments, text sets, and more at our online teacher resource center
- Kick-off events featuring members of the Reading Ways team
- Summer institutes, teacher workshops, and on-site professional learning experiences
- Books, posters, text sets, participant guides, printables and more
Find out more about the services we offer in the implementation guide, as well as why we are offering them and how to implement them. In the appendix you will find example budgets and the literacy leadership action plan template.