PSESD Literacy Services
The English Language Arts Department publishes a monthly newsletter during the school year to keep you abreast of ELA best practices, research, curriculum and instruction, leadership equity, resources and happenings at Puget Sound ESD. Additionally the newsletter provides resources and promotes statewide and regional upcoming opportunities. Click HERE to sign up for the ELA Newsletter.
District Literacy Leaders Network
- Professional learning opportunities for cross-district collaboration
- Learning about current evidence-based research and best instructional practices in English Language Arts instruction
- Shared current state and federal initiatives and professional resources
- Meetings are held 4 – 5 times throughout the school year
- Participation is free and attending all meetings provides cohesive learning
Washington State English Language Arts (ELA) Fellows
Fellows are teacher leaders committed to school districts either short or long-term to provide professional learning, coaching or technical support for literacy curriculum and instructional efforts
- Fellow members learning is concentrated on Instructional Leadership Outcomes, Fundamentals of Learning Connection and Equity in Leadership
- Building leadership skills, adult learning theory and content knowledge and expertise is embedded in each learning opportunity
- Cadres of teacher leaders collaborate and sharpen their skills to lead ELA teaching and learning at the local level – district, classroom
- Implementation of the WA State Learning Standards (CCSS), by focusing on the Writing shift in instructional practice to increase student learning during the 2015-2017 school years.
- Meetings are held 4 – 5 times throughout the school year
- One expectation of being a Fellow is to commit to attending all Convening sessions and collaborating with principal/district administrator to create, submit, and implement an Action Plan that will facilitate change throughout your school and/or district
Customized Professional Development
The ELA Team is committed to school districts and/or schools to provide professional development, coaching or technical support to assist with, for example, curriculum adoption, instructional methodology, assessment protocols may be contracted and will provide professional development, coaching or technical support. Professional learning sessions include, but are not limited to the following: Formative Assessment, Foundations of Early Literacy, Secondary Literacy, Smarter Balanced Assessment for ELA, Unpacking the Standards to Align Instruction and Assessment, ELA Shifts, Writing; Struggling Readers and Writers, Equity in Leadership, Tiered Systems of Support (RTI), Dyslexia, Literacy in the Content Areas, and Implementation Science.
District Literacy Leaders Work
ELA Fellows Work
Washington formally adopted the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards) for English language arts and mathematics. Assessments for these standards are currently in place. As required by state law, OSPI develops the state’s learning standards (RCW 28A.655.070) and oversees the assessment of the learning standards for state and federal accountability purposes. We call our learning standards Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), which define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
- Lucy Calkin’s – Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project
- Doug Fisher & Nancy Frey – San Diego State University
- Tim Shanahan – University of Chicago
- Nonie Lesaux – Harvard Graduate School of Education Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group – P-3 Focus
Perspectives for a Diverse America
Teaching Tolerance’s Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.
Learn more at http://perspectives.tolerance.org/
- Teacher’s College – Vimeo site – examples of reading and writing lessons as well as observations tied to the Danielson Framework
- Teaching Channel – 100’s of videos searchable by topic, grade, & subject
- Fisher & Frey – YouTube channel – Common Core ELA lessons
- Expeditionary Learning – Vimeo site – Videos of ELA Common Core lessons in action
Common Core Lesson Ideas & Planning Tools
- Read, Write, Think – Lessons from IRA & NCTE
- Learn Zillion – Common Core Lessons by grade level
- Better Lesson – Browse over 1,300,000 lesson plans, classroom materials, and instructional resources from high-performing teachers.
- Share my Lesson – resource bank for Common Core State Standards lessons developed by teachers. Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers
- Engage New York: EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.
- Smarter Balanced Digital Library: The digital library includes a variety of resources to support teaching and learning. Login access may be obtained from District Assessment Coordinators (DAC).
National and Regional Literacy Organizations that Support ELA Common Core
- International Reading Association (IRA)
- National Writing Project
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Tools to Support Common Core Implementation
- Materials Alignment Toolkit – includes Publisher’s Criteria, Instructional Materials Evaluation Tools, Assessment Evaluation Tool & EQuIP Lesson Rubrics
- “I Can Statements for ELA CCSS”
- Vertical Progression Documents
- Literacy Design Collaborative – teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas
- NewsELA – Nonfiction Literacy and Current Event Articles available by Lexile Level
- Since Time Immemorial – WA Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum
- teachinghistory.org – Lessons and resources using primary documents
- Facing History – Resources to explore ideas and strategies for teaching history, literature, and ethics
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