District/School Action Planning for Literacy (preK-12)

Dates: January 20, 21, March 10, 11, 31, April 1, 2017
Snow Dates: January 22, March 12, April 2
Times: Fridays 6:00pm-9:30pm; Saturdays 8:30am-4:30pm

The focus of this course is on facilitating a needs assessment and developing a literacy action plan for a district or school. Strategic planning determines where the district or school is going over an extended period of time. A strategic plan includes determining the current state of literacy as well as determining the gaps and redundancies in literacy initiative. There is emerging research about the common characteristics of districts and schools that successfully mobilize to improve student achievement. A district/school action plan provides a roadmap that articulates literacy improvement goals and describes steps to achieve them. The roadmap includes goals and action steps for the following practices: (a) Assessment-Systematic Use of Data, (b) Tiered System of Instruction and Intervention, (c) Professional Development/Leadership Routines and (d) Family and Community Involvement. This course will introduce and guide students through the needs assessment and strategic planning process. Students will use various tools to conduct a needs assessment, analyze survey data and use multiple data points to develop a strategic plan.


Important Information:

COST:
$990 without graduate credits. Payment is made to The Reading Institute.

GRADUATE CREDITS:
3 Graduate Credits available for an additional charge of $225. Payment is made to the college on the first day of class.

PDPs:
67.5 Professional Development Points

COURSE MATERIALS:
To be purchased on your own.

ENROLLMENT:
Register Early - Limited Enrollment

LOCATION:
The Reading Institute
430 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
December 15, 2016

REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancel 10 days prior to training and receive a refund minus a $50 service charge. No refund for cancellations made within 10 days of the training.

SUBSTITUTIONS:
Substitutions may be made. Please notify The Reading Institute, Inc. with the name of the alternate participant in advance.

CONFIRMATION/DIRECTIONS:
Confirmation and directions will be mailed to each participant. You are not registered unless you receive a confirmation letter.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Reservations need to be made directly with the hotels. A lodging list will be sent with your confirmation. Specify you are with The Reading Institute when making reservations. Be sure to make lodging reservations early for best selection.


THE PRESENTER:
Darci Burns, Ph.D.,
is the executive director of the non-profit organization, Hill for Literacy. Dr. Burns has an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from Simmons College Language and Literacy program and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Special Education with a specialization in English-Language learners. Dr. Burns has trained reading specialists, literacy coaches, principals, district administrators including assistant superintendents and superintendents how to lead school-wide literacy initiatives throughout Massachusetts and the nation. Dr. Burns has consulted with national, state and local agencies on effective reading instruction, leadership practices and assessment. Dr. Burns also served as a Regional Professional Development Provider in six urban school systems for the Massachusetts Reading First Program. She is the author of the Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program (ILTP) manual and co-author of Leading Literacy Change.