Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The assessment train of 2011-2012 is off!  AIMSWeb, DRA and QRI are all on their way!  There have been a couple of questions about the windows and report forms for DRA and QRI - here is an update:  

The DRA window opened this week and many of you have already dove in! The window will remain open until Oct. 7.  Please refer to the literacy calendar found on the land page of every grade level on the Language Arts Curriculum Guide:  You can access it here:  First Grade Landing Page and Calendar

The DRA report form that was issued earlier had some mistakes in the benchmarks.  Please refer to the revised report form found in the Documents section of the Language Arts Curriculum Guide.   You can access it here:  Documents

The QRI is wrapping up this week.  Due to training, the window was extended another week.  The report forms, passage cycles and the answer sheets can be found in the Documents section of the Language Arts Curriculum Guide.  You can access it here:  Documents

When tests have been administered and scores reported, please send you report form to your literacy coach no later than five school days after the close of the window.  We will contact you later when Mastery Manager is open to enter data.

Just focus on gathering the data and discovering all the wonderful things you're finding out about your readers!   

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Setting Up Your Writing Workshop

Are you wondering how you can meet the needs of all the writers in your classroom?  

Are you tired of coming up with prompts for students to write about?  

Are you having trouble just getting those kids to write?

Your answer is here:  
Living a Writing Kind of Life:  Setting Up Writing Workshop

Sign up for this literacy lab by the end of Thursday, September 15.  Literacy Lab Sign Up

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Write to Learn & the 1st Literacy Lab!

Welcome back from the long weekend!  I hope you are all energized for a busy week of teaching and learning.

Write to Learn Trainings for teachers of 5th, 7th and 10th grade students kick off this week.  If you have not signed up for a training please do so at this link:  Write to Learn
Our first literacy lab of the year - Teachers Inspire, Students Perspire: Setting up Reading Workshop will be held Thursday, Sept. 8 from 4:17 to 6:17. 
Our goals for all teachers attending:
  • Know and understand all of the components of the workshop format 
  • Create a well-organized plan to implement workshop in their classroom

We will meet at the Office of Instruction Support (aka the old Falcon's Nest Daycare).  Please bring your laptops.   Teachers are welcome to bring resources and documents they use in their own workshops to share with colleagues.  Your experience is invaluable!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Literacy Lab - September 8th

Today is the last day to sign up for the first ever Todd County Literacy Lab!  Next Thursday (Sept. 8) teachers from Kindergarten to High School will come together to learn new information about setting up workshop, share how they've implemented workshop and walk away with an individualized plan for their own classroom.

All Literacy Labs will be held at the Office of Instructional Support (the old Falcon's Nest Daycare) from 4:17 - 6:17.

Sign up by following the link listed below!

Todd County Literacy Labs