The Importance Of Literacy

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Register to read the introduction… I’ve attended summer conferences and workshops sponsored by the Vermont Reads Institute, along with network meetings sponsored by the Vermont Department of Education. Upon arriving at Flood Brook, I took Ellen Thompson’s A Fresh Look At Writing Instruction course, along with many colleagues across the Windsor Southwest Supervisory Union. Among the most profound professional development I undertook in literacy field was Tim Razinski’s Lyrical Literacies discussion of building reading fluency among students, and Maureen McLaughlin’s discussion of engaging students in critical literacy endeavors to heighten reading …show more content…
Based on assessed developmental spelling level, students are assigned groups with different teachers. In doing this, we are advocating for all students to receive targeted instruction at their levels. Over each of the past four years, 90% of our students have made measured progress.
I’ve been a member of a number of committees over the past seven years. While at Brookfield Elementary School I developed report cards for the upper elementary grades, and was a member of the district’s Mid-Level Team, which advocated for the needs of upper elementary and middle school students. At Flood Brook I’ve participated on a number of literacy related committees, the Technology Committee, and I’m presently on the student Promotion/Retention Policy Committee.

I consistently collaborate with education professionals and advocate for students via comments on numerous blogs (Larry Ferlazzo, The Tempered Radical, & freetech4teachers.com). My Twitter Professional Learning Network is my most cherished community of educators who daily share resources regarding education reform, instructional tools, lessons,
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I have continued to demonstrate my commitment to professional development through completed coursework, numerous professional workshops/meeting, and contributions via social media. The goals in my IPDP are aligned with Flood Brook’s initiatives which promote high achievement in all our students.

Goal 1: Through our initiative to create outcomes for all students at Flood Brook, I have continued to develop my knowledge of the Vermont Standards and Grade Expectations. Through my work with other teachers in our district and state, I am more cognizant of developmental milestones I need to strive for with my students as they progress through the year. Finally, after having the opportunity to examine student work, via Critical Friends, and the Formative Assessment Project, I’ve gained a greater awareness of how students progress through the years.

Goal 2: I continue to develop teaching strategies and skills to accommodate the individual differences in talents, learning styles, and abilities of my students. Specifically, integrating technology has allowed me to target specific areas of need through a variety of strategies. For example, having students on the autistic spectrum present their thinking/learning via web2.0 applications, such as Voicethread & Animoto, has proven most

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