Blog #10 – Top 10 Websites for Literacy Leaders

1. Shanahan on Literacy - http://shanahanonliteracy.com/ Timothy Shanahan is one of the world’s premier literacy educators. He studies the teaching of reading and writing across all ages and abilities. His website includes many resources for literacy leaders and educators. 2. Teaching Channel - https://www.teachingchannel.org/ This site provides a variety of videos that can be used to build…

Blog #9 – Video for Professional Development

One of the most important things we can do as educators is to know and understand the students we work with; to see them as a whole person. The more we know and understand their strengths and weaknesses the more we can prepare and differentiate our instruction to better meet their needs. It is often…

Blog #8 – Leadership

I originally wanted to write a blog about the importance of being a lifelong learner and then share some of the professional books that have been instrumental to my learning these past two years. However, after recently listening to an interview on MPR with James Parker, former CEO of Southwest Airlines, I became very intrigued…

Blog #5 – Comprehensive Literacy Programs

After looking at a few different local literacy plans and completing the readings, a few common themes stood out to me as making literacy plans/programs effective and comprehensive. Overall, literacy programs have a culture for supporting literacy. They focus on improving literacy development across all content areas, provide interventions for struggling readers and writers, have…

Blog #4: Federal and State Legislation

A Brief History of Federal Legislation - On Dec.10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This law reauthorized the 50-year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) signed into law by President Johnson in 1965. The ESEA offered new grants to districts serving low-income students, federal grants for textbooks and…