Teachers, students, and parents, check out the new literacy work happening at The Nonfiction Literacy FoundationThere may be funding to train you for free.
Please do not let the controversy over Common Core distract you from our need to make students literate, critical thinkers of nonfiction. Nonfiction literacy is a prerequisite to achievement and life-long learning. Developing these skills is easier than you think.
After a 16 point increase in high school reading the previous years, during the 2014-2015 school year, we pioneered the Reading Academy at the high school. This is a team of 12 students trained to coach other students through an anlysis of informational text. Fellow students bring nonfinction reading to the academy, sit side-by-side with one of our coaches for a 40-minute reading, and produce notes, summaries, and graphic organizers as part of an analysis.
About us: We specialize in creating measurable classroom evidence of new standards and strategies. The most difficult part of implementing change is producing evidence. Not for us. Focusing beyond lesson plans to adapting actual teaching materials, we ensure teachers are ready to enter the classroom, teach new standards and strategies, and measure results. Teachers create and analyze common formative assessments; the evidence of new teaching all learning communities need for frequent Plan-Teach-Revise learning cycles. Before lessons are taught, standards and teaching strategies need to take form in planning so they provide the real-time data required for ongoing improvement.
Nonfiction literacy: There are two pairs of two informational text "power" structures found in most informational text, which helps students at all grade levels immediately begin to think critically about the text: Pair 1: Decription-Compare/Contract, and Pair 2: Sequence-Cause/Effect. You'll see these at work in almost every paragraph.
There is not enough time for teacher PD. Our collaborative teacher training is designed to demonstrate ways to respond rapidly when adapting and aligning curriculum to meet urgent needs."Thank you for making Common Core not scary!"
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"I am so excited to now have resources and an explanation of how to carry everything out. I now have a deeper understanding and a wealth of resources both from the presenter and participants. Thank you."
"They opened my eyes to a way the Common Core Standards can be embraced and not feared. They provided time to model, explain, and explore the program in relation to our needs."
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