The Game Plan: A Multi-Year Blueprint to Create a School Culture of Literacy and Data Analysis

The Game Plan: A Multi-Year Blueprint to Create a School Culture of Literacy and Data Analysis


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The Game Plan is the first professional book that gives secondary administrators, literacy coaches, and other instructional leaders a step-by-step blueprint for implementing the Common Core Literacy Standards for History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects and other college and career readiness standards. The book provides principals, district supervisors, instructional coaches, and other leaders with a coherent, realistic plan to build a school-wide culture of literacy instruction, data use, and PLC-based cycles of reflection, planning, and action. This multi-year plan is built on a continuous cycle of improvement philosophy and is modular in nature, allowing leaders to rearrange, substitute, and modify the plan to meet the needs of any secondary school.

Organized in two parts, the first section of The Game Plan lays out a semester-by-semester flexible configuration for introducing, implementing, and supporting the literacy standards over the course of six full school years; this section also includes detailed guidelines for creating a comprehensive assessment plan to gather, analyze, and act on school data. The second section includes instructional tools and strategies for reading, writing, vocabulary, and other aspects of the literacy standards that teachers in all subject areas can use.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475815160
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/30/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daron W. Kennett is the English Language Arts and English Learner Assessment Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. He also teaches literacy endorsement courses through a number of local universities. Prior to this, Daron taught English language arts, reading, and ESL in public schools and served as the ELA supervisor in his local school district.

Kristin van Brunt has been an English Language Arts teacher for the Davis County School District in northern Utah for the past 21 years, and she currently teaches at Viewmont High School. She has extensive experience working not only with secondary students, but also with ELA teachers. In conjunction with the Utah State Office of Education, Kristin has facilitated professional learning related to the Common Core State Standards throughout the state, in both face-to-face and online formats.

Kim S. Rathke has spent 17 years in the classroom teaching Language Arts/Journalism to 7th through 10th graders. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Language Arts as well as holding endorsements in Reading, Gifted and Talented Education, and English as a Second Language. Kim has a Bachelor of Science in English/Journalism Teaching with a Minor in History Teaching; and a Masters of Education in Secondary Education with an emphasis on Gifted and Talented Education. Her thesis involved Tracking Student Writing Using Online Essay Assessment.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 How to Use This Book
Chapter 2 Principles of Professional Learning
Chapter 3 College and Career Readiness Standards
Chapter 4 Year 1: Summer
Chapter 5 Year 1: Fall Semester
Chapter 6 Year 1: Spring Semester
Chapter 7 Year 2: Summer
Chapter 8 Year 2: Fall Semester
Chapter 9 Year 2: Spring Semester
Chapter 10 Year 3: Summer, Fall, and Spring Semesters
Chapter 11 Years 4-6
Appendix A The Play Book: Literacy Strategies for the Content Area Classroom
The Starting Line
Strategy Map
Text Structure
Text Annotation
Academic Vocabulary
Four Square Notes
Prompt Analysis
Text-Dependent Questioning
Silent Conversation
Save the Last Word for Me
Anticipation Guides
2-3 Column Notes
Show and Tell Vocabulary
Text Mingle
Analyzing Visual Text
Nonstop Writing
Carousel Brainstorming
Vocabulary Vignettes
Discussion Grids
Vocabulary Tableaux
Appendix B Coach’s Corner: Instructional Leadership Resources
Literacy Kickoff Meeting Planning Grid
Focus Strategy Reflection Guide
Halftime Meeting Planning Grid
Support Planning Grid
Leadership Reflection Protocol
Data Summary Plan
PLC Meeting Agenda
Literacy Strategy Classroom Observation Form
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
PLC Self-Evaluation Form
Appendix C Moving Up to the Big Leagues: Expanding Literacy Beyond the School Level

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