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.
Idaho Coaching Network ELA/Literacy
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.
- 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
- 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
Note: The ELA/Literacy Standards booklets are being updated to correct some formatting issues. The corrected versions should be available by the middle of July.
Idaho Coaching Network ELA/Literacy
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