October 22, 2012
The Professional Development Department kicked off year two of the Adolescent Literacy Project on September 4, 2012 at ESU 10. Dr. Kevin Feldman led 30 administrators and staff developers through training on how to implement the project. He discussed the key role of leadership in the project and gave participants tools to effectively lead the project in their schools.
Last year, we had seventeen ESU 10 schools involved in the project. In this year's project, we have nineteen ESU 10 schools and eight schools from other ESUs across the state for a total of 27 school districts. On September 5, over 205 participants joined us for the first day of the Adolescent Literacy Project for New Participants Series.
The focus for the day was adolescent engagement. Participants were charged with taking part in a learning walk before their next training on vocabulary with Dr. Anita Archer on October 16. ESU 10 Professional Development Coordinators will once again be facilitating these learning walks in our schools.
This year ESU 10 is working to have improved data collection methods to determine the effectiveness of the project on teachers and school districts. We are using three sources of data including: teacher self-assessment and reflection, evaluations, and classroom data collection. Our primary focus will be on classroom data collection. While on a school site, ESU Professional Development Coordinators will observe teachers in their classroom implementing the strategies they have learned at the trainings. We will record which strategies the teachers are utilizing and which are not being implemented. This data tool, along with evaluation data and teacher self-assessment, will be discussed with school administrators at the end of the school year to determine the effectiveness of the project in their school district. These data collection methods will give us the opportunity to measure the Adolescent Literacy Project more effectively and will be able to provide school districts with useable data.