Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school reform model designed to improve the reading, writing and language skills of elementary students in kindergarten through grade eight. The foundation of this model is dynamic, long-term professional development. School-based literacy coordinators are trained in research-based methods; are provided ongoing professional development as they continually implement these methods in classrooms; and are supported as they provide on-site training for the teachers in their schools. The framework uses modeling, teaching, coaching, and data collection. The overall goal of this effort is to substantially raise the level of achievement for all students.
The Literacy Collaborative framework for literacy lessons consists of a number of elements that provide many opportunities for reading and writing. These opportunities include reading and writing across the curriculum. Teachers provide direct, research-based instruction to guide students in acquiring strategies for maintaining fluency, text comprehension, and vocabulary development. Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction are provided as students engage in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Instruction moves from demonstration and explicit teaching, to guided practice, to independent problem solving.
Fairborn Primary School