How to Use These Materials
This site is organized according to the six components of the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework: Goals, Assessment, Instruction, Leadership, Professional Development and Commitment. Within each of these six components you will find one or more modules. The modules are organized into broad categories for quick reference. Each module includes:
- Several key concepts, that outline the main ideas within the topic
- A professional development presentation that uses a narrated multimedia sequence of content material
- Practice activities to help you understand the material and how to begin implementing the procedures being described, and
- A series of related resources, including links to related information and sources for further study of the subject.
We recommend that you use these materials with a group of colleagues in a collaborative learning arrangement such as a professional learning community (PLC), a grade level or cross-grade improvement team or a study and implementation group. Members of the group might view the online content either individually or as a group, then make plans for how to implement within their own classrooms and schools.
The essential key to successful implementation of the information is that two or more colleagues work together to assure that their use of these skills parallels the procedures found through research to be effective in improving students' reading outcomes. Implementing the procedures with fidelity and peer support greatly increases the likelihood that your students will benefit by way of improved reading skills.
The Instruction component addresses the essential elements of reading instruction: phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, reading fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension. It also includes guidelines for scheduling instructional time and for selecting and using instructional materials to optimize learning. A schoolwide system of organizing instruction according to student needs is overviewed, and characteristics of effective instruction are examined.