When Teacher Voices Are Heard

When Teacher Voices Are Heard

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Moving towards the Common Core Standards in reading and writing, the time is right for school districts to reform literacy instruction by focusing their instruction around the needs of their diverse student population and the teaching styles of their teachers. There is no better way to do this than through a teacher-created, home-grown literacy program that aligns standards with student needs all while remaining cognizant of the teachers who implement the curriculum. In the process, teachers emerge as literacy leaders. The leadership paradigm shifts away from the principal as sole decision-maker and through a shared vision and collective efficacy, classroom teachers and administration form an alliance that ensures success for all students. Because it is the shared responsibility to adapt the program to the learner, the hallmark of this instructional reform is relevant, job-embedded professional development that is provided in a timely fashion. This fosters a democratic learning community where decisions are made together and the status quo is challenged.Example of Second Grade Curriculum Calendar Curriculum Calendar Reading/ Writing Workshop Common Units (Writing units ... tie Social Studies/ Writing Workshop Standards go here Writing prompt Science into literary curriculum October Decoding strategies #1 ... #2 Character Reading/writing and setting conferences Writing Narratives Running records December/January Comprehension #3 Usinganbsp;...

Title:When Teacher Voices Are Heard
Author:Elizabeth Birnam, Debora Nary
Publisher:R&L Education - 2013-04-09


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