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MASA Feature www.gomasa.org 23 Connecting with Resources The development and implementation of online training modules and resources to support the professional learning of literacy coaches, PreK-3 class-room teachers and administrators repre-sent a key component of the MDE grant awarded to MAISA and Michigan Virtual University (MVU). These resources will serve to ensure that professional learning options on the literacy instructional essentials are accessible. “One size fits all” professional learning does not meet the needs of today’s educators. A blended training model that includes online and face-to-face is critical. Initial work has begun to create an innovative, research-based delivery system of professional learning and corresponding supports. Key priorities guide this work: • Create and implement a common coaching framework, support system and resources and provide intensive training in summer/fall 2016; • Create high quality Pre-K-3 teacher instructional modules that include a rich library of video instruction segments that demonstrate teachers implementing essential instructional practices for each of the 10 key literacy practices and rich, research-based content and resources to ensure knowledge and skill development in the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy; and • Create a wrap-around system of support for Pre-K-3 educators, including a statewide literacy mentors’ network and online profes-sional “One size fits all” professional learning does not meet the needs of today’s educators. A blended training model that includes online and face-to-face is critical. learning community for all Michigan early literacy educators. Through the development and imple-mentation of resources, the initiative will ensure a consistent, ongoing source of support for high quality literacy coaching, the development of core instructional skills for teachers, and a clear understanding of the essentials for administrators. As professional learning modules and supporting resources are developed and vetted, they will be made available through MVU’s Professional Learning Portal. Through professional learning created in this project, Michigan’s Pre-K-3 teachers, ISD/ESA literacy coaches, and school administrators will be able to demonstrate increased content knowledge, understanding and skill in literacy essentials. The funds allocated to this work will, ultimately, improve the literacy skills of all Michigan students. Tamara Bashore-Berg is Executive Director of Professional Learning Services at Michigan Virtual University. Contact her at 517.324.5387 or tbashoreberg@mivu.org. By Tamara Bashore-Berg K12smallrevisedbull.indd 1 11/17/13 6:05 PM


MASA Leader - Fall 2016
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