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Reading and Writing Workshops at Miller Avenue School

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As part of the District’s implementation of the Teachers College Reading and Writing program, educators have been engaging in information workshops and professional development opportunities aimed at designing a robust elementary reading and writing program.

Working with staff developer Nancy Brennan, Miller Avenue Elementary School teachers recently discussed how to assess students for their level of reading complexity and then work to adapt instruction, teaching plans and methods to best meet the needs of each student.

According to principal Christine Carlson, Brennan’s visits and workshops are scheduled in cycles of three weeks so that she can work to plan and implement specific units to help students read with fluency, accuracy and comprehension. During each workshop teachers visit a “lab site” to observe and practice the structures and methods modeled by the staff developer with the students and ask questions to strengthen their classroom procedures.

Brennan will work with the teachers and Miller Avenue’s literacy coach Erin Wills throughout the year to support the entire literacy curriculum.