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 two summers, Wendy Sheets, Nikki Woodruff, and Denise Rowe, 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, Interactive Read-Aloud, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, and Writing Workshop.
Teachers met in person for 5 days in the summer of 2019. 114 teachers attended sessions at either the University of Rio Grande or Jackson High School.
Virtual sessions were held for 5 days in June of 2020 with 135 teachers logging in to one of 3 available sessions each day.
Both Summer Academies were very successful with many positive comments from the participants.
Literacy Collaborative Committee Members, position, and district names Members represent 6 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
Sandra Plantz, Director of Federal Programs and Gifted, Gallia County Local Schools
Beth Duffy, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Wellston City Schools
Whitney Crabtree, Middle School Assistant Principal, Oak Hill Union Local Schools
Adam Michael, Elementary Principal, Oak Hill Union Local 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
Jayne Burger, Consultant, Gallia Vinton ESC
Teachers who participate in the summer PD can choose University of Rio Grande credit or CEU’s.