AES and OES 3rd - 5th grade teachers and their colleagues spent the week working with a Staff Developer from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) at a Home Grown Reading Institute. The Teachers College is part of Columbia University.
For the past few years, the TCRWP staff have joined with districts and schools to plan and lead institutes across the country. Home Grown Institutes are one of the most effective ways to galvanize the Reading & Writing Project’s work across a school or district.
The 4 day on-site institute has been tailored to help our OA educators focus on specific areas of need, based on assessments, prior knowledge, and district goals.
“We are privileged to be having a Teachers College Home Grown Reading Institute for our 3-5 teachers. It pertains to the Calkins' Units of Study which we use to guide our literacy instruction. The workshop has been extremely helpful to our teachers and they are looking forward to using the strategies they are learning with their students.” Laurie McKeveny, OA Director of Instructional Coaching and Curriculum Support
Typically, Home Grown Institutes include large group sections coupled with small, interactive sections.
Topics of study cover the following:“It has been very beneficial to collaborate with our colleagues this week to deepen our understanding of the Calkins’ Reading Units of Study. We are evaluating and reflecting on our teaching and making adjustments to incorporate our new learning into the classroom this year.” Julie McEvoy, 4th Grade Owego Elementary
- Building a reading culture
- Foundational reading skills
- Toolkits to support strategic reading
- Writing about reading
- Flexible, responsive small group work
- Using read-aloud to support higher comprehension
- Partnerships and book clubs