08.25.15 FLST Literacy Agenda #TrinityLearns

August 25, 2015
S. Steinberg’s Room
Samantha Steinberg, Michelle Perry


  • Continued work on vertical alignment to create a balanced literacy curriculum
  • Expanding knowledge of best practices and their role in our current program
    (i.e. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, CAFE, Daily 5, Close Reading)
  • Sharing work with grade level teams to grow our whole community as teachers striving towards a balanced literacy approach
  • Raising the level of teacher confidence and gaining clarity in what deepening learning means in literacy


  • To work as a team to meet the above goals
  • To develop a plan for sharing, coaching, and teaching grade level members to further equip them with the tools to further gain confidence as a reader/writer/speaker/listener.

Local Professional Development Opportunities:


  • Units of Study in Reading Conference Day Seminar 3-5 – Atlanta Dec 04 2015 Coming Soon
  • Teacher’s College Homegrown Institute- June 2016, 1 week, Trinity School
  • Orton Gillingham Training- June 2016, 1 week, Trinity School
  • Teachers College Reading and Writing Project
  • Units of Study in Reading Conference Day Seminar K-2 – Atlanta Dec 04 2015 Coming Soon

Learning Plan

3:30 5 min Check in – Welcome New Members!
3:35 10 min 2014-15 Goals Update
3:45 15 min Summer PD Feedback
(NYC Teacher’s College, Charlotte, other?)

  • what are we doing well?
  • what will you commit to implementing now?
4:00 20 min 2015-16 Goals

  • Look at old writing curriculum (on Haiku) and
    look for the old Lucy Calkins’ writing units of study
  • Map out units with your team to ensure that you are
    teaching the different types of writing
  • Marsha’s goal is to purchase new units of study by
    the end of the year (fingers crossed!)
4:20 5 min Check out and close of meeting


Agenda Notes:

  • Talk with teams about starting running records – get a feel for where everyone is and complete by the end of September.  Writing component should be included in all running records from now on,
  • Go back to teams and see what support is needed for teaching writing.

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