Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Renovated Wiki!

My ELPS Literacy Wiki is meant to be a companion to this monthly newsletter. It is a place we can store materials, share materials, and collaborate on our current projects.  Since starting it two years ago, I've done some significant work organizing it this summer, in the hopes all will find it useful.  Here you will find:
  • Materials for our current projects, such as the RAISE grant with ELHS teachers.
  • Professional development materials, both K-6 (archived from 2011-2012) and also 7-12 past and present.
  • CCSS materials
  • Commonly referenced research on reading and writing instruction
  • Materials you can distribute to parents and/or students.
Each item above now has its own page on the Wiki. Navigate by clicking on the links to the right on the Wikispace. If you are looking for something, and cannot find it, please do not hesitate to contact me! 

International Literacy Day!

Just in time for Back-to-School, International Literacy Day is September 8th.  Check out these lessons for grades K-12 to celebrate this day.  You'll find lessons for centers, E-pals, literacy in cyberspace, and traditional letter writing.  These are wonderful ways for you to get to know your students, students to get to know each other, and to explore literacy with real world application. 

Google for Educators

In case you didn't know, Google makes a lot of applications to be used by teachers and students.  Google Search, Google Scholar, Google Earth, and Google Quiz are just a few. Check out these Google for Educators Classroom Posters for some great, printable tips on how to use these features.   

New Contact Information

I hope everyone is still having a restful summer, enjoying the weather, time with family, perhaps some travel, and of course, reading!   For the next school year, I will be working part time in the district as a secondary literacy consultant. I'll be in the district on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I'm now in room 112 at MMS. I can always be reached by e-mail or 333-7618. I look forward to seeing you this fall.