Adolescent Literacy Project Impact  

November 12, 2014
The success of the Adolescent Literacy Project (ALP) caused us to consider how we can sustain the momentum that several of our schools have gained. Last November several of us attended a training by Jim Knight on instructional coaching, along with four of our administrators that have whole-heartedly supported the ALP. Susan, Emily, Dallas and Peg then attended additional training with Jim Knight, and later with those administrators to come up with an action plan for moving forward. Our goal is to enhance the use of instructional practices learned through the ALP in order to improve student learning. The strategy is to empower our districts to utilize instructional coaching through self-reflection, video learning teams, peer coaches, and instructional coaches.

We call this enhanced project the ALP Impact. Sandhills, St. Paul, Central Valley, and Ansley are the four schools that we are working with on the project. Following is an outline of our activities to implement the strategy:

Work with staff at each school to design an Instructional Framework that communicates a common language of instruction and expectations
Send four teaching and learning coordinators to each school to conduct a Target Survey. This involves observing every teacher for 20 minutes to collect data on the items listed in their Instructional Framework.
Share results of the Target Survey with each school so they can create a target goal based on the data collected.
Meet with a smaller group of teachers to design a checklist of a few essential behaviors that will help a school accomplish their target goal for instruction.
The schools will all work on their instructional target goal and another Target Survey will be conducted to evaluate their progress.
Each teacher had a choice for the first semester of 14-15 to help them engage in reflective practice, 1) participate in a book study, Focus on Teaching by Jim Knight 2) video themselves teaching and fill out self-reflection forms.
The goal for the second semester is to begin the video learning teams as outlined by Jim Knight.

All the above activities were facilitated by the Teaching & Learning staff. We hope that the collaboration, self-reflection and professional learning outlined in our plan will result in more effective teaching practices and improved student learning.

-by Susan Evans, Teaching and Learning Coordinator