Maximizing Literacy Learning within a Standards-Aligned Curriculum

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (Gr6-8)Building teacher capacity in
literacy learning requires a diversity of skills that teachers must master in order for students to maximize their learning. To excel at the teaching of literary and informational text with the rigorous requirements of  21st Century Standards, a teacher must first master a set of teaching practices designed to facilitate learning among diverse groups of students.When combined with a complete grasp of the reading, writing and vocabulary learning proficiencies students need in order to succeed, these teaching methods accelerate student learning and dramatically increase student achievement. 21st Century Standards require that students are taught how to read text closely in order to analyze it from many perspectives, find evidence in it to support argumentation, and demonstrate comprehension.

The current standards require acquiring literacy skills and proficiencies both within the English Language Arts and across content areas such as Social Studies and Science. Key instructional shifts require students to be exemplary readers of non-fiction and informational text. With this comes the need to read text analytically, through a method called Close Reading of Complex Text, a carefully sequenced reading method perfectly suited for demonstrating the proficiencies found in the new generation standardized tests such as the PARCC. Schillinger Educational Consultants works closely with schools and school districts to plan professional development training to support consistent and predictable execution of systemic core sets of instructional best practices for teachers in the context of authentic learning environments – their own classrooms.

In addition, in order for instruction to be meaningful and developmentally appropriate for all students, teachers must acquire the skills necessary to differentiate instruction among diverse learners. As students are increasingly being asked to meet higher standards of learning, differentiated instruction remains a critical classroom-based tool to engage all students, as well as a best practice for data-driven instruction. Schillinger Educational Consultants offers on-site consulting services focused on gathering diagnostic, formative and summative assessment data, as well as the analysis of this data to craft responsive instruction. We train teachers in grouping students by data-driven needs, and maximizing the learning within these groups through the use of dynamic and multi-tiered instruction. Once assessment data has been used to determine students’ maximum learning opportunities, teachers are offered a “toolkit” of strategies and teaching methodologies. Schillinger Educational Consultants provides differentiated “toolboxes” for teachers, depending on the prioritized professional development needs. We believe in putting our “money where our mouth is,” differentiating teacher training the same way we offer professional development in the teaching of diverse student needs.

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