Summer is typically a time for educators to regroup and reenergize for the next academic year. The few months out of the classroom are filled with activities to hone skills, learn new strategies and techniques, and investigate ways to enhance student learning. The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) is among those experiences for educators. Over the summer months, both the Kentucky Reading Project (KRP, K-5) and Leveraged Adolescent Literacy and Learning Initiative (LALLI, middle & high school) held summer cadres all over the state through the eight public universities.
In June and July 2013, KRP offered intensive professional development in literacy instruction for nearly 120 K-5 educators in the state, representing 60 schools from 32 districts. Most universities held a two-week summer institute either on campus or at a nearby site. Eastern Kentucky University opted to hold a weeklong summer institute and then incorporate the remaining five days into the school year. Kentucky State University held its KRP in the Louisville metro area so that an additional cadre of teachers from that area could be trained because the University of Louisville KRP cadre had reached capacity.
Through the LALLI summer institutes, around 180 dedicated middle and high school educators spent 5 – 10 days learning and modeling various literacy strategies to incorporate into their classrooms this year. Participants represented 65 schools from 32 school districts. Topic highlights included: equity and diversity, technology, Accountable Talk, reciprocal teaching, standards-based assessment, content area reading and writing instruction, text complexity, and teaching with poverty in mind. Strategies were shared in conjunction with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards to promote literacy for all students in all content areas. These strategies will help to develop the skills necessary to become college and career ready.
Both KRP and LALLI initiatives do not end with their summer institutes. University faculty will continue to work with teachers throughout the school year by holding follow-up sessions and coaching visits. In the spring, KRP and LALLI teachers will gather at CCLD’s annual Share Fair to present their Literacy Action Plans and strategies implemented in their classrooms. The Share Fair is the only statewide K-12 literacy strategy share conference. CCLD’s Share Fair will be held on March 29, 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center.