This rubric was developed to assist teachers and administrators in effectively implementing a research-based English/Language Arts instructional program. The criteria attached are consistent with Teaching Children to Read (the Report of the National Reading Panel, 2000), Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners: Report of the National Literacy Panel on Language-Minority Children and Youth (2006), the Common Core State Standards, and the Every Student Succeeds Act.
District and school leaders play a vital role in making the structural and instructional changes necessary to ensure that all students will read and write well. It is not enough that teachers are trained; school systems must significantly alter the ways they provide ongoing support and organize and conduct the teaching of literacy in all grades. Now more than at any time, perhaps, districts and schools will be under close scrutiny in the implementation of state program requirements, rigorous state standards, or the Common Core State Standards. Large sums of money have been invested in professional development, but unless administrators and teachers are diligent and relentless in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, much of the money may be wasted. This rubric is intended to serve as a roadmap to assist superintendents, district and site administrators, and others responsible for literacy leadership as well as classroom teachers to understand the elements that must be in place for full and successful implementation leading to high student achievement. At the elementary level, coherent, effective literacy programs are essential to prevent failure; at the upper grades and secondary level, systemic change is essential to allow for restructured time and targeted instruction for those students who are already struggling. The changes needed require reorganization and a renewed commitment to ensure that all students graduate with proficiency in reading, and writing.
In addition to this rubric for assessing the state of literacy implementation, a separate scale for assessing leadership and organizational capacity is part of this rubric. This rubric is not to be used for teacher evaluation; rather, it is a continuous improvement document that should be used for support and growth.
The Word Intelligence program is designed to boost the vocabulary and word knowledge of struggling adolescent readers, including English learners. This content-rich vocabulary supplemental program is designed to augment a standard English course for students who are able to decode and read with relative fluency, yet lack vocabulary. This lack of vocabulary can in turn impact comprehension, causing students to fall behind their peers and struggle with content.
The program consists of a ten-lesson orientation unit, nine two-week (or eight-lesson) historical units, and three one-week (or five-lesson) review units. Two sets of materials are available: one that connects to world history passages (World Edition) and one that connects to U.S. history passages (U.S. Edition). The complete program may be used with students in grades 6-9. In addition, students may benefit from using the program for two years and would have two different editions to use. The editions may be used interchangeably. Both editions introduce students to 450 specific words, as well as a set of prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Beyond the specific words and specific morphemic elements, students are taught to use context clues through a specific context clue strategy called Intelli-STARS, and to combine context clues with morphemic analysis through a strategy called Intelli-CLUES.
Coaches are a powerful force in helping ensure effective reading instruction throughout a school. Below are resources you can use to support your coaching practice.
Generic description for an elementary reading coach position.
Checklist of effective coach behaviors that can be used as a self-evaluation tool and a list of qualities to look for in a coach.
This study guide may be used as you navigate through the Teaching Reading Sourcebook, Updated 2nd Edition. It will assist you to focus your attention on critical and highly useful components.