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MASA Feature professional learning opportunities (Learning Forward, 2012). In particular, after learning new skills, teachers need opportunities to practice and receive feedback as they try to employ those skills in the classroom (Joyce & Showers, 2002). A coaching model provides these targeted and supportive learning opportunities at the school and classroom level. As a teacher learns about new practices, a coach provides modeling, observation and feedback for specific teachers and teacher teams. They assist with lesson planning, interpreting diagnostic assessment, and analyzing student data. At the building level, they provide literacy leadership, facilitation of group learning, and support the literacy initiative more broadly. This approach supports the specific skills needed to use the early literacy instructional essentials effectively every day in every classroom with all students. The coaching model is being initiated through an MDE professional develop-ment 22 MASA LEADER • Fall 2016 grant focused on developing skills in ISD early literacy coaches, as well as the resources they will need to support the coaches and teachers in local districts. This grant, managed by task force partners, provides ISD early literacy coaches access to resources and supports, including: • Professional learning specifically related to the instructional essentials, coaching essentials and school-level literacy leadership; • Access to university researchers who are experts in the area of early literacy; • A statewide professional learning network of colleagues supported by a literacy coaches’ coordinator whose primary responsibility is to develop and provide ongoing support to the statewide network of ISD coaches; and • Print, video, and digital resources about effective literacy instruction, coaching, and leadership (learn more about the print, video, and digital resources in the sidebar). Join the Effort to Improve Literacy The GELN and its Early Literacy Task Force believe the collective impact process is the way to advance large-scale improvements in literacy for Michigan’s students and educators. School leaders who want to learn more may get involved. • Visit MDE Early Literacy webpage (www.gomaisa.org/general-education- leadership-network). • Visit the GELN website (www. migeln.org) where you can find copies of the Pre-K and K-3 Early Literacy Instructional Essentials and other supporting documents. • Add your voice in advocacy for expanded literacy funding. • Contact your ISD to find out how it is supporting early literacy in your area. • Direct questions to Susan Townsend (susan.townsend@jcisd. org ) or Naomi Norman (nnorman@ washtenawisd.org). References Joyce, B., and Showers, B. (2002). Student Achievement Through Staff Development, 3rd edition. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. Justice, L.M., and Ezell, H.K. (2002). Use of storybook reading to increase print awareness in at-risk children. American Journal of Speech- Language Pathology, 11, 17-29. Justice, L.M., McGinty, A.S., Piasta, S.B., Kaderavek, J.N., and Fan, X. (2010). Print-focused read-alouds in preschool classrooms: Intervention effectiveness and moderators of child outcomes. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 504-520. Kania, J., and Kramer, M. (2011). Collective Impact: Creating large-scale social change. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Learning Forward (2012). Standards for Professional Learning. Available at https://learningforward. org/standards#.V8sjIVdBmAY. Michigan Achieves! 2016 Michigan State of Education Report. The Education Trust Midwest. Available at https://midwest.edtrust.org/ michiganachieves. Marinak, B.A., and Gambrell, L.B. (2008). Intrinsic motivation and rewards: What sustains young children’s engagement with text? Literacy Research and Instruction, 47, 9-26. Nell Duke, Ed.D., University of Michigan; Naomi Norman, Washtenaw Intermediate School District; Susan Townsend, Jackson Intermediate School District; Tanya Wright, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Solutions That Fit Your Needs kingscott.com


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