Thursday, September 28, 2017


Literacy Networks Start Strong! 

Saline High School Hosts IDLL

The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning network kicked-off the year by meeting at Saline High School. Through a tour of the school, including the culinary arts and automotive technology programs of the South and West Washtenaw Consortium, our group saw examples of disciplinary literacy in action. Shelly Venema, IDLL member and Saline HS teacher, also presented on the district wide literacy goal of speaking and listening.   

Join us when IDLL meets next on October 26th at WISD to host Dr. Troy Hicks on Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts

SOEL 1: Equity, Engagement and Motivation 

  Musical artist, educator and professional vocalist Imani Gonzalez visited the Study of Early Literacy network on October 3rd to present Building Reading Comprehension Through Sound and Rhythm.  Ms. Gonzalez taught SOEL teachers the Soundscape process- using sound and rhythm to explore ways to develop reading comprehension strategies and make connections between music and language. This learning process will help students attend to sensory images, use questioning strategies, respond to inference, and determine importance, helping students develop a better understanding of the text. Through Soundscapes, children will develop listening skills through collaboration, build interpretation and oral presentation skills through communication, and improve reading fluency through creativity.

Upcoming Literacy Professional Learning 

Monday, September 18, 2017

K-12 Literacy Updates

Elementary Literacy

  • SOEL- Study of Early Literacy, now has our own website.   Check here for our history, articles, Teacher Action Research examples, photos, and eventually, lesson plans.  
  • Do you have questions about the Third Grade Retention Law?   Check out this GUIDE  I keep updated.  This was updated today with new IRIP information. 
  • The Essentials in Literacy Instruction for PreK, K-3, 4-5, Building, and Coaching, can now all be found in one PDF document HERE.
  • Are you registered for the MEMPSA Literacy Summit at WISD?   It's October 4th and features Dr. Nell Duke and Dr. Pat Edwards.  Register HERE.

Secondary Literacy

  • Did you know that the grades 6-12 Discipline Specific Essentials are coming soon?   Stay tuned for more!
  • IDLL - The Inquiry into Disciplinary Literacy and Learning network is going strong!  We are meeting in area schools this year, as well as hosting experts at WISD.  This fall, join us September 28th at Saline HS, and October 26th at WISD with Dr. Troy Hicks on Argument in the Real World-  Register HERE.