You don’t have to read between the lines this year to see that CEF and CUSD are deeply committed to improving literacy achievement and reading instruction in grades K-8.
In a major collaboration to close our local literacy achievement gap, CEF funding of more than $57,000 is now providing specialized professional teacher development through Teachers College/Columbia University. The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a research think tank and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. Led by Lucy Calkins, the Robinson Professor in Children's Literature at Teachers College, the TCRWP has been a leading force in literacy for over 30 years.
The professional development training for our local teachers takes place over multiple days during this school year. The school district also contributed $40,000 to this effort to purchase new materials for each teacher, including books for middle school classrooms. These books, the Lucy Calkins’ Reading Units of Study, are newly published in 2015 are the only reading program thoroughly aligned with Common Core standards.
Teachers from all district elementary schools (El Granada, Farallone View, Hatch and Kings Mountain) as well as Cuñha Intermediate School, are involved in this project.
The measure of success for this program will be whether students actually increase their reading levels, and results from pre and post surveys of teachers and students.
Deb Hedger. CEF President Oct 19, 2015
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Our children deserve the best education we can provide, and our teachers deserve the best training available in order to challenge and inspire students. With your support, our students will continue to benefit from creative and innovative programming at every grade level. Thank you!
2015/2016 CEF-FUNDED PROGRAMS
4th/5th grade science teacher - Secondary science teacher collaboration - Cunha science equipment - Half Moon Bay High School Computer Science course - Cunha Computer Science (wheel coding elective) - 4th/5th grade Computer Science pilot - Pilarcitos Computer Science (self-paced course) - Columbia Teacher College Readers and Writers Workshop (middle and elementary schools professional development) - K/1 Summer Bridging Literacy Program - 5th grade instrumental music - College prep (AVID) professional development - 4th/5th grade Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pilot program
Tuesday, October 20 is the last day to VOTE for The Big Lift to receive an additional $250K for reading proficiency from the Google Impact Challenge. Please VOTE by midnight tonight!