This week, both NHCS and DES had the opportunity for our literacy consultant, Dr. Carol Tolman, to come into our schools and help our staff improve our instruction and increase student achievement.
Our goals included:
The days were packed and the conversations were insightful. We took this opportunity to gain more knowledge, synthesize the data with another “set of eyes”, reflect on our instruction and look at our school system of providing Title 1 and RTI intervention blocks. Having come into education through the field of physical education and having a history of my own reading/writing difficulties, I always gain knowledge and insight into the skill of learning to read. In our debriefing meetings, I am pleased by how willing and thoughtful our staff members are about sharing their thoughts, wonders and concerns.
After spending some time in reflection, our leadership teams will meet, starting next week, to discuss the “big take a-ways” from our time with Dr. Tolman. We will immediately address the items that can be easily fixed, problem-solve and develop a plan for the more challenging items and create a plan for more of the long-range elements such as professional development and training. As Douglass B. Reeves states, “Professional learning does not advance… through the inexorable confirmation of previous certainties, but through a systematic challenge to our present conceptions.”
It was a great week of learning! By partaking in these opportunities, it allows us to celebrate our successes and take another look at ways we can continue to grow.
Have a great weekend!