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1 Overview of Literacy in the Tewksbury Public Schools Co-Chair Planning Team: Loreen Bradley Rosamond Dorrance Dr. Eileen Osborne George Paul Brenda Regan, CAGS John Weir Dr. Cynthia Basteri

2 Literacy Plan Mission Statement It is the mission of the Tewksbury Public Schools to become a model of literacy, with a student based literacy program that ensures that all students exit the district with the literacy skills required in the 21st century.

3 Literacy Plan Goal The ability to read and comprehend is the basis for all student learning and student achievement. Therefore, the Tewksbury Public Schools community undertakes the following goal: By 2017, 95% of students will read at or above grade level.

4 Literacy Plan Objectives Sixteen Action Objectives: Nine objectives have been addressed and are in place Two Major Objectives were completed this year

5 Literacy Tool Box –Fry and Dolch Word Lists –Literacy Checklist –Keys to Literacy Templates –Six Traits Writing: Ideas Organizations Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions

6 Literacy Checklist Grades K - 12 Top 10 Common Core Standards for each grade level “ Students in Grade _______ should be able to … ”

7 Next Steps Seven objectives still must be addressed, some of which will be dealt with in the school year “ By the Fall of 2014, the district will research and implement a PreK-12 literacy assessment system, in conjunction with RTI, including screening, progress monitoring and diagnostic tests. ”

8 K-12 Assessments Currently in Tewksbury, Pearson ’ s Reading Level Indicator up to grade 8 for initial assessment is done twice per year; DIBLES is done at the K-2 levels; Story Town Benchmarking is done in the elementary grades; at the high school there is no formal assessment currently in place. DESE competitive grant application narrative is being drafted to address this shortfall ($30,000).

9 Professional Development & Training Expand the keys to Literacy “ Key Writing Routine ” Professional Development Program via a Tewksbury DESE Literacy Partnership Grant for $20,553 Three full days of Professional Development Expand participation to include content area teachers in History/Social Studies, Science, Technical Subjects, Applied and Fine Arts, and Health and Wellness

10 Disseminate Tool Box and Checklist Place Literacy Tool Box and Literacy Checklist folders on every teacher ’ s desktop in the district

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