Training Day at MES
Literacy Approaches Refined
This is the image for the news article titled Literacy Approaches RefinedMoving our MES student to the next level in Literacy requires a sophisticated understanding how kids learn at different rates and different skill levels. Yesterday, all elementary teachers from across the District came to MES to work with two consultants from the Beaverton School District. Chrissy Lawrence and Sarah Dunkin are boots-on-the-ground literacy leaders who specialize in supporting K-5 reading instruction in classrooms. They're deeply familiar with the dynamic challenges we're facing in our own classrooms.

We've been consulting with Chrissy Lawrence since last April to identify practical and effective ways to support ALL students in our literacy block. We discussed ways to monitor student progress, the power of individual coaching, the Workshop Model for engaging students in time & text, and higher-yield systems for managing students' seatwork during release time. Both Sarah and Chrissy recognized that we're doing very well and that we know many of these strategies. Through reminders, observing instruction on video, and providing a different angle for us adult learners, they helped us refine our approach to reading instruction.

This training was well-received and it infused energy into our MES staff. Yesterday's work will also help shape some of our future late start conversations & professional collaboration. The ultimate goal, however, is increased elementary student performance in reading in the Molalla River School District.