What we explore

Our work is informed by a few different areas of study,
including but not limited to the following:


Topics in Reading

  • Establishing a Reading Workshop with rigor, independence, and volume
  • Authoring Units of Study for Reading Workshop
  • Tailoring existing resources to meet the needs of students and help teachers implement a true Balanced Literacy approach
  • Supporting literacy beginnings in a play based Pre-K curriculum
  • Fostering emergent reading skills through components of Balanced Literacy, including: Read Aloud, Shared Reading, Word Work and Interactive Writing
  • Administering and analyzing Running Record assessments to plan for data-based instruction
  • Utilizing formative and summative assessments to establish student-centered goals and drive instruction
  • Utilizing effective structures in Conferring, Guided Reading, Strategy Lessons and whole-class Mini Lessons to move readers forward
  • Using Interactive Read Aloud to support conversation and writing about reading
  • Using Partnerships and Book Clubs to foster students’ efficacy in deeper comprehension, conversation, and writing about reading

Topics in Writing

  • Establishing a Writing Workshop with rigor, independence, and volume
  • Authoring Units of Study for Writing Workshop
  • Supporting emergent writers through oral Storytelling, Shared Writing, Interactive Writing, & Drawing
  • Assessing writers based on understanding of process and the Qualities of Good Writing
  • Using Mentor Texts to teach students how to identify and analyze Qualities of Good Writing and apply them with independence 
  • Understanding Writing Process across text types to support independence 
  • Establishing Partnerships to support cooperative learning to lift the level of student writing
  • Conferring with writers to set goals and lift the level of skill application across all genres

Topics in Teaching Methods

  • Using a balanced approach to literacy instruction to allow for the Gradual Release of Responsibility to students through a To-With-By model.
  • Explicit teaching based on best practices of demonstration, guided practice, and inquiry
  • Planning and utilizing the structures of Interactive Read Alouds with Accountable Talk, Mini Lessons, Strategy Lessons, Guided Reading groups, Conferring, Shared Reading, Shared Writing, and Interactive Writing instruction
  • Using a variety of teacher resources to effectively plan for instruction