Literacy walks show new curriculum in action

Literacy walks show new curriculum in action
Posted on 12/01/2017
District Officials discuss new curriculum

Clover Park School District (CPSD) administrators have been visiting schools to see the new K-5 literacy curriculum in action. Referred to as literacy walks, these visits give district administrators an up-close look at the new curriculum, National Geographic Reach for Reading

“It has been exciting to see the students’ enthusiasm and engagement with the new materials,” said director of teaching and learning Tess McCartan.

Each literacy walk includes assistant superintendent for elementary schools Ron Banner, members of the district’s teaching and learning staff and the school’s principal. The group visits individual schools and then splits up to see as many classrooms as they can. 

In previous years, Banner did classroom walks with just the principals of a school. The classroom walks were a chance observe classroom instruction. Literacy walks are an expansion of that practice. 

In addition to monitoring curriculum implementation, the literacy walks also help guide the district’s professional development offerings, indicate when teachers may need more materials and provide insight into how they are structuring their classrooms. The walks also help principals identify next steps for instructional support in their schools. 

“We know we're not all reading experts,” Banner said. “These walks let me get out and immerse myself in as much reading professional development as I can. It helps me lend support to principals and staff from a teaching and learning perspective.” 

The group dynamics of the literacy walks bring different perspectives to the school tours. 

“It’s great to be walking next to the teaching and learning staff because their focus is on instruction,” Banner said. “They can also see what teachers need, what schools need and what principals need to be better supported in the implementation of new curriculum. We all bring something different to the learning process.” 

Literacy walks will continue throughout the school year.  More recent walks have focused on the use of small group instruction.

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