The purpose of the Literacy Collaborative is to plan professional development to enhance literacy teachers’ levels of expertise to ultimately improve student literacy outcomes. Based on districts’ needs, the intent is to increase student’s reading/writing abilities by building on teachers’ expertise in content knowledge and instructional skills. Member districts share common deficits in student literacy and the teachers’ knowledge and skills are known to have the greatest impact on student achievement.
A Summer Literacy Academy provides training in those areas. For the last four summers, trainers from The Ohio State
University’s Literacy Collaborative, have presented strategies from Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Continuum. Teachers
gained knowledge in the Literacy Framework and practiced strategies for enhancing reading and writing skills.
Literacy Collaborative Committee Members, position, and district names
Members represent districts in Gallia, Jackson, and Vinton Counties
Jeremy Hout, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Gallipolis City Schools
Rochelle Halley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Gallia County Local Schools
Dana Eberts, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Wellston City Schools
Whitney Crabtree, Middle School Principal, Oak Hill Union Schools
Rebecca Potter, Elementary Principal, Oak Hill Union Schools
Miranda Smith, Elementary Principal, Vinton County Local Schools
Teresa Snider, Title I Coordinator, Vinton County Local Schools
Debby Crabtree, Director of Special Projects, Jackson City Schools
Dr. Denise Shockley, Superintendent, Gallia Vinton ESC
Katie Kilgour, Consultant, Gallia Vinton ESC
Jayne Burger, Consultant, Gallia Vinton ESC
Teachers who participate in the summer PD can choose University of Rio Grande credit or CEU’s.