English Language Arts/Literacy


The Idaho English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards are broken into four (4) strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. In each strand there are overarching College and Career Readiness Standards for each grade level. These standards call for a change in instructional practice to ensure proper implementation of strong, consistent, cohesive work for the benefit of our Idaho Students. Additionally, there are delineated grade specific expectations for each College and Career Readiness Standard.

For example, Standard 9 in the writing strand reads “Draw evidence from literary or informational text to support analysis, reflection, and research.” Building on the great work already present in Idaho schools, the English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards offer a challenge and opportunity unparalleled in recent history that will allow teachers to create deeper, more authentic learning experiences in their classrooms.


The State Department of Education has put in place, in each region, teachers who work as full-time Idaho Coaching Network ELA/Literacy focused on supporting educators in improving instructional practices and developing deeper understanding of Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards. The network is predicated on honoring teachers as professionals and leaders and the time it takes to drive lasting change. This year-long job embedded work results in the development of local teacher leaders who support local professional learning needs and better outcomes for students.

Purpose: This opportunity will improve student performance through ongoing professional development for teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum teams, administrators, and support staff. This network provides a cohesive, strategic, and sustainable method for implementing deep learning of Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Standards, cultivates local leadership, and facilitates implementation of both the instructional shifts and the research-based instructional strategies best aligned with the Standards.

What does this mean for Idaho’s Education System? Each region’s coach will provide intensive professional development and responsive coaching in your area, operates from a place of expertise in Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards, has extensive experience in classroom teaching, deep knowledge of research-based instructional strategies, and a thorough understanding of adult learning. Each regional coach will work to develop Core Teachers in your district who deeply understand and teach the Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards, and who mentor and facilitate the learning of their peers in your region. This substantive, job-embedded professional development model is research-based and leverages local, regional, and state resources in efficient, effective, and compounded ways.

Objectives

  • Provide strategic, systematic, and sustainable, professional development of local educators and administrators in the Idaho Content Standards and EQuIP rubric
  • Build capacity of local educators to implement Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards through the development of aligned lessons, units, and assessments, as well as the inclusion of research-based instructional strategies
  • Build consistency in the understanding of Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards and the implementation of such knowledge across Idaho’s regions, districts, schools, and classes
  • Provide equitable learning opportunities for all students

Commitments

  • Participate in a total of working sessions throughout 2017-2018
  • Participate in a three-day working session in July or August 2017* (Dates TBD by coaches)
  • Participate in an online course and develop exemplary Idaho Content unit(s) to share with others (August 2017 - January 2018)
  • Participate in eight one-day Face to Face working sessions (see Regional Applications) during the 2017-2018 school year, starting in September
  • Participate in four days professional development meetings during Summer of 2018
  • Use the EQuIP rubric to evaluate three units for other Core Teachers in Spring of 2018
  • Receive coaching support/classroom visits from your Region’s Idaho Network Coach
  • Facilitate professional development in your school and/or district and take on leadership role
  • Complete pre-, mid-, and post-surveys on Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards and EQuIP, and provide feedback on courses, workshops, and facilitation

HIGHLIGHTS

Idaho Coaching Network webpage link

Network Website

Comprehensive Literacy Plan document link

PDF Document

Resource Files

General Files
English Language Art/Literacy Content Standards
Handwriting and Speech Content Standards
Idaho Coaching Network ELA/Literacy

Frequently Asked Questions

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Training Resources

Professional Development Opportunities
  • Region I

    OPEN Administrator Workshop

    Through facilitated discussion, Administrators will continue to explore the objectives of the Idaho Coaching Network and Idaho Core Teacher Program. Administrators will explore the purpose and potential of utilizing data to inform decisions and inspire greatness, as well as ways to support teachers in talking about data. Further, Administrators will have time and space to collaborate around the most effective ways to leverage Teacher Leaders to develop effective professional development, understand factors of effective PD, and consider strategies to take back to their school and district.

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region I Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach1@sde.idaho.gov.

  • Region II

    Bonus Day

    This provides a make-up workshop for those C4 & RTs who need it, a workshop for Alumni, and a workshop for anyone interested in our program.

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region II Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach2@sde.idaho.gov.

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  • Region III

    Spring Conference

    This regional meeting is a mini conference with Idaho Core Coaches & Returning Teachers hosting PD sessions on a variety of topics in classroom instruction, coaching and professional development, and leadership. This will model creating and delivering PD toolkits for Cohort 4 Idaho Core Teachers. The conference is also an open workshop, and administrators and teachers are invited to attend.

    Contact Region 3 coaches for more information.

    OPEN Logic Model Workshop

    This workshop will focus on providing leadership teams the support, time and opportunity to develop a logic model (professional development) plan for the coming year. Schools are asked to bring an administrator, an instructional coach (if possible), and 2-3 lead teachers from your school. The ideal team size is 4-6 participants, and all participants should register separately for the workshop. Teams will work together to develop a professional development plan for their school while working with thinking partners from other schools and districts.

    Contact Region 3 coaches for more information.

    OPEN Spring Conference

    The Idaho Core Program will conclude its third year with a conference hosted by Cohort 3 teachers. Core Teachers work in a range of contexts, from Kindergarten to high school, and they will showcase how to improve literacy instruction across the curriculum during a series of one hour breakout sessions. All Idaho educators and administrators are invited and welcome to attend.

    Contact Region 3 coaches for more information.

  • Region IV

    Spring Conference

    Teacher Leaders in the Region 4 Idaho Coaching Network will showcase their work through a number of workshops created for a variety of content and grade levels.


  • Region V

    Idaho Coaching Network Spring Conference

    This conference will be open to educators and school leaders. The conference will highlight work done in districts and in classrooms in both regions, and will have valuable training aimed at increasing student ability to read and write across the curriculum.

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region V Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach5@sde.idaho.gov.

    Meaningful Assessment

    This workshop will help participants to evaluate teacher practices, instruction and effectiveness using student work.

    Contact Scott Corgatelli for more information.

  • Region VI

    OPEN Administrator Workshop: Creating a Leadership Team

    Administrators will explore the following: How do we move from problems of practice to possible solutions? What challenges do we face in our schools and districts? How can we help each other brainstorm solutions for these challenges?

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region VI Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach6@sde.idaho.gov.

    OPEN Administrator Workshop: Meaningful Feedback, Moving Teachers

    Administrators will explore the following: How can we become partners in moving teacher’s practice forward? How can we make teacher observations meaningful? How can we provide meaningful feedback that motivates and inspires change?

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region VI Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach6@sde.idaho.gov.

    Idaho Coaching Network Spring Conference

    This conference will be open to educators and school leaders. The conference will highlight work done in districts and in classrooms in both regions, and will have valuable training aimed at increasing student ability to read and write across the curriculum.

    If you have questions about the content of this workshop, contact your Region VI Idaho Network Coach at ELALitCoach6@sde.idaho.gov.


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