in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model uses literacy as a tool for measuring
school growth in four related areas: student learning, teacher knowledge,
instructional alignment, and school culture.
The model focuses on essential components within the district: classroom
literacy framework, school-embedded professional development, intervention
programs for struggling learners, and accountability and research.
Bay School District strives to foster a culture of literacy by providing
students with a cognitive apprenticeship*
environment that would enable them to grow into successful readers, writers,
listeners and speakers.
4K-8 Literacy program in Whitefish Bay schools, ten features of design will
ensure implementation of a comprehensive literacy environment:
- A Framework for Literacy uses a differentiated workshop
approach for meeting the needs of all students, including a lance of whole
group, small group, and individual conferences within an integrated,
- Coaching and Mentoring uses scaffolding, coaching cycles,
and a gradual release model for increasing teacher efficacy. The goal is to develop mentor teachers
with content expertise for assisting other teachers in specific areas.
- Model Classrooms provide clinical settings where mentor teachers
implement the literacy framework and peer teachers observe the teaching
and learning interactions in real time.
- High Standards provide learning targets for all students, including
tailored support for students who need assistance to achieve the learning
- Comprehensive Assessment System includes a school-wide, seamless
assessment system with multiple measures for evaluating progress,
including formative and summative assessments, and walk-throughs for
assessing the school environment.
- System Interventions are structures that includes
multiple waves of literacy defense.
This includes a solid core curriculum with whole and small group
and independent instruction, classroom based targeted instruction, and
- Collaborative Learning Communities are embedded into the school
climate, including literacy team meetings, professional learning
communities, teacher book clubs, peer observation, cluster visits, teacher
conferences, and demonstration lessons.
- Well-Designed Literacy Plan is developed and revised for
continuous growth, including short and long term goals with progress
- Technology and Research are naturally embedded into
teaching and learning contexts. Students use technology to access information,
conduct research, and produce products.
Teachers use technology for professional learning, collaboration,
- Spotlight and Advocacy are techniques for disseminating
information on the model, including news releases, research articles,
school reports, conference presentations and other advocacy efforts.
- To provide a literacy model that is designed with
built-in structures for aligning, coordinating, and addressing evidence-based
practices and literacy growth at multiple levels.
- To promote student and staff self-awareness and
learning through literacy tasks that are situated within an authentic and
engaging context, with access to quality resources, materials and exemplar
texts at every grade.
- To define a clear, usable and collaboratively
developed curriculum that helps teachers pace content, identifies what is
most important to teach.
- To develop the expertise of every teacher and
principal in the pursuit of becoming transformative literacy leaders that
are working together for children.
Apprenticeship- Students acquire cognitive and metacognitive processes
through assisted instruction with a knowledgeable adult. Ann apprenticeship framework for accelerating
the learning for all students include: Observation and responsive teaching,
modeling, clear and relevant language for higher level thinking, scaffolds,
structured routines, assisted and independent work, transfer of knowledge.