Author: Schoolwide Inc.

Product Interest: Decodable Texts Classroom Libraries & Teaching Plans

Schoolwide offers a range of engaging supplemental resources for phonics and foundational skills that give teachers the differentiated instruction opportunities needed most in the important stages of emergent reader development. Our resources easily align with any core ELA program.

 

With the increased focus on the Science of Reading in classrooms, we’ve thoughtfully designed a set of supplemental resources to bring specific science-based skills and strategies to life, particularly in support of small-group, tier 2 intervention, and independent and partner reading and practice. We combine robust instructional guides that emphasize professional learning opportunities for teachers and targeted student support, with carefully curated, skills-focused decodable texts collections selected from a group of best-in-class publishers.

 

Our decodables, which can be purchased alongside instructional Teaching Plans or in classroom library sets, are truly decodable, have diverse stories and characters, include multi-genre reading experiences (including nonfiction!), and allow students to practice and apply skills with real texts. 

 

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Webinar: “Students as Writers” – Creating a Community of Writers

We’re excited to host an upcoming webinar “Students as Writers”: Creating a Community of Writers on Thursday, February 4th, 2024.

 

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More about the webinar:

 

One of the best ways to inspire students to believe that there is a writer inside of them is to surround and immerse them in experiences of others’ writing – whether that be through mentor texts or examples of other student writing. During this webinar, educators will learn about the power of developing a true writing community – one that learns, analyzes, discusses, and celebrates different forms of writing together – and the positive outcomes this has on student writing. 

 

The session will answer questions like:

 

  • How do we, as leaders and educators, create an environment where students see themselves as authors and writers? In effect, changing our mindset from “teaching writing” to “nurturing writers”. Hear about real examples from our partners!
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  • How do the themes of community, identity, and goal-setting contribute to student learning and growth as writers?
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  • How does an effective, collaborative writing process enable students to become confident in the process of crafting their own pieces of writing? Learn about Schoolwide’s writing process, including the important focus on, and first stage of Immersion and “reading like a writer”. 
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  • What does success look like? Hear from our partners about their experiences!

Genesee County Literacy Conference 2024

Schoolwide will be attending the Genesee County Literacy Conference on Saturday, January 27th, 2024, hosted by Genesee Intermediate School District. 

 

If you’re in the area, we’d love to meet with you to discuss your needs for reading, writing, and grammar curriculum resources and professional learning for administrators, teachers, coaches, and specialists. 

 

Schoolwide Launches the Schoolwide Shop with Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders

E-commerce launch brings a new line of products directly to teachers

 

Schoolwide is excited to share that we’ve officially launched the Schoolwide Shop, our e-commerce website designed to connect educators with a new line of supplemental literacy resources, all at a friendly price point. 

 

The Shop will create new opportunities for teachers, specialists, coaches, homeschool educators, and parents to have access to Schoolwide products to supplement and enrich their core instruction, provide important family literacy engagement connections, and create more responsive instruction for students who need specific opportunities for practice and skill reinforcement. 

 

Schoolwide’s first e-commerce offering is a new supplemental phonics resource, Phonics Skill Builders, part of the Foundational Footsteps line. Designed to strengthen K-3 phonics instruction, the Phonics Skill Builders series contains 6 different resources, each focused on a specific skill, including: Consonants & Short Vowels (CVC Words), Digraphs & Blends, Long Vowel Sounds, R-Controlled Vowels & Diphthongs, Multisyllabic Words – Syllable Types, and Multisyllabic Words – Prefixes & Suffixes. 

 

To celebrate our launch, all first-time customers can use the discount code FFLAUNCH15 to receive a 15% discount on your whole order!

 

 

Visit shop.schoolwide.com to learn more!

 

More About Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders

 

Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders are here! This new-to-market supplemental resource is made to enhance phonics instruction in K-3 classrooms (and at home!) by targeting specific skills that young readers must master on their path to learning how to read. 

 

🎯 Key Features and Benefits:

 

✅ Your Go-To Supplemental Phonics Resource: experience the ease of having comprehensive, skill-specific introductory lessons, assessments, cumulative reviews, decodable texts, engaging activities, and more in a single supplemental resource. A fantastic addition to your core instruction!

 

💰 Friendly Price Point: affordable for teachers, coaches, specialists, parents, and homeschool educators, making quality phonics instruction accessible to all.

 

📚 Connecting Skill Mastery to Reading: give students opportunities to practice specific phonics skills with engaging activities, decodable texts, and skill reviews.

 

🏫 Classroom or Home Use: perfect for classroom instruction or at-home learning, creating opportunities for family literacy engagement.

 

🔍 Suitable for Various Learning Styles: accommodate diverse learners with engaging activities that cater to different learning preferences.

 

📝 Easy-to-Follow Lessons: step-by-step, explicit introductory lessons that make teaching phonics more intuitive.

 

👉 Check out the link below to visit our shop and buy yours today!

 

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Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders Sample

Schoolwide’s Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders are here! For more information and to shop this new line of supplemental phonics resources, visit the newly launched Schoolwide Shop!

 

If you’re interested in downloading a preview of one of our Phonics Skill Builders resources, sold exclusively in print, enter your details below. You’ll receive a preview with the opening letter and table of contents to get a view of everything that’s included! Don’t forget to visit shop.schoolwide.com to purchase yours!

 

Read more about our e-commerce launch right here!

 

Download the Foundational Footsteps Phonics Skill Builders Overview here.

 

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“Included, Invested, and Treated with Respect” – A View on Successful Professional Learning Partnerships

In an earlier article, Keys to Sustaining a Professional Learning Program that Sticks, we explored the opportunities, methods, and mindsets for building and district leaders to create long-term, sustained impact through professional learning. In a similar theme, we recently checked in with two of our professional learning consultants, Marina Moran and Bridget Nolen, about how to keep educators engaged, motivated, and….even excited (yes, excited!) about professional learning opportunities.

 

Read their thoughts below.

 

Marina Moran, Professional Learning Consultant for Schoolwide:

 

My best response to your question is that there is not a fixed formula or recipe for promoting adult learners’ engagement. In my experience, it has always been a process that requires a lot of listening and diagnosing on my part to meet learners halfway. Needs can be very diverse within a group due to age, length of experience, and talent, so maintaining flexibility and offering ideas in a variety of ways always helps.  

 

There are intellectuals who want to know the research behind practices and there are also pragmatics who want to walk away with an applicable strategy the second they leave the session. I strive to provide a balanced diet of both, the strategy (WHAT we do) and the rationale or research base (WHY we do it).  

 

Giving back the work is also usually effective to maintain engagement during portions of a session. I often find that educators like to put themselves in the role of the students and experience simulations to better understand the impact of some practices. They also like to spend time applying skills with guidance (not different from what we do with kids).

 

In all cases, being responsive to the needs, personalities, and moods of the participants at a given moment is what contributes to the efficacy of a session. And that can sometimes be a juggling act, but a worthwhile one!” 



Bridget Nolen, Professional Learning Consultant for Schoolwide:



“How do I keep educators engaged in professional learning? I think about it in the same way I’d think about keeping students engaged: by knowing how much information to include in a short amount of time and how to unpack the layers of knowledge they need to be successful. From my perspective, engagement happens when teachers feel motivated to make shifts. And that happens when teachers are included, invested, and treated with respect for the professionals they are.   

 

Building relationships and developing a culture of support is important at the beginning of a partnership. You build trust with teachers by asking what they need to be successful, and when you follow through and follow up on their questions and requests. Teachers have lots of demands on their time and attention, so empathizing with their circumstances while giving them manageable and efficient tips for delivering new curriculum is important.   

 

When it comes to getting educators excited about professional learning, I focus on appealing to their beliefs about student learning. If they believe students are capable and brilliant, then they naturally want to help them reach their highest potential. That’s the same with professional learning. It’s the teachers’ opportunity to reflect upon and improve their practice, which is time we all need and deserve. We can set ambitious goals together and then provide ongoing support to get there.”

 

 

The mission of the Schoolwide Professional Learning Team is to inspire educators to embrace best practices and deliver innovative and responsive literacy instruction, in collaborative, dynamic learning environments in which teaching and learning are authentic, engaging, and respectful of all learners. 

 

Meet our educators > > 

 

Learn more about our professional learning offering Partners for Progress > > 

 

Read more about our approach to professional learning in our 23-24 Literacy Sampler > >

 

Interested in speaking with our team? Send us a note any time!

Q&A: Collaborative Planning for Tier 2 Intervention

With this school year in full swing, we’ve been excited to see how Schoolwide’s new resources, including our recently released Decodable Texts Teaching Plans, are coming to life in literacy instruction. We are connecting with educators about how these resources support Tier 2 intervention, and providing strategic professional learning opportunities to educators involved in the process. 

 

We sat down with Eileen Hodrinsky, a former elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, to discuss a critical, yet sometimes overlooked, component of an effective intervention program: collaboration. We hope to highlight opportunities for educators to partner together.

 

Our conversation with Eileen Hodrinksy follows:

 

Q: When it comes to Tier 2 intervention, and MTSS frameworks overall, we often talk about the data-driven components. But what about the “people-driven” components to effective implementation of Tier 2 intervention efforts?

 

Eileen: This is a great place to start this conversation. Yes, data analysis and access to literacy data are crucial components of successful intervention efforts. But in order to source that data, people need to work together effectively. When this happens, data can be more accurately sourced and shared, student progress can be more effectively tracked, and the experience for the students themselves will be far more positive. There should be a feeling of “we’re in this together!”

 

Q: What kind of collaboration is important for Tier 2 intervention?

 

Eileen: The ability to develop a plan alongside other key stakeholders is essential. Even if you’re set up with quality research-backed resources, if there aren’t strong lines of communication between the intervention teacher and other educators or influencers involved in the students’ learning, the efforts can easily become disjointed and ineffective. 

 

Just as the Tier 2 reading intervention resources should involve a systematic process, so should the planning. There needs to be a detailed, coordinated plan that clearly identifies the roles and responsibilities of the various parties who are supporting the student. And, intervention teachers should not only have the opportunity to develop the plan collaboratively with other stakeholders but also have time devoted to checking in on that plan’s progress. Rather than being an isolated effort, intervention should lead to progress in the classroom, and even at home!

 

Q: Who are the key stakeholders when it comes to collaborative planning and communication?

 

Eileen: It’s important for an intervention teacher or specialist to have opportunities to communicate regularly with the classroom teacher (Tier 1), as well as other support personnel, like speech and language teachers, special education teachers, and any third-party literacy consultants who may have exposure to the students. 

 

The classroom teacher will be able to share the focus of Tier 1 instruction and will have insight and observations about at-risk students’ attitudes and behaviors. They will know how the student is progressing and applying the strategies practiced during Tier 2 intervention. 

 

Administrators also have an important role to play, as they often look at literacy instruction holistically, as well as how intervention efforts fit into overall MTSS frameworks. 

 

Q: What about communication with parents or guardians?

 

Eileen: This is so important! While students spend a significant time in the classroom, they’re spending far more time at home with parents and guardians. Parents and guardians can help answer questions like: how are at-risk students reading at home? Are they exhibiting signs of disinterest or frustration? Are they attempting to independently problem-solve when they meet with challenging texts, or do they immediately ask for help? But, in order for parents and guardians to play an active, supportive role in students’ progress, they must be brought into the process from the beginning. This goes back to the earlier point about establishing a coordinated effort with all important stakeholders. 

 

As educators, we really need to give families the tools to be active and engaged participators in helping their children close learning gaps. That feeling of connected support in all environments is so important for young learners. 

 

Q: So, with all of the clear benefits in mind, what gets in the way of collaboration and communication?

 

Eileen: The reality is, all of these stakeholders have their own challenges and priorities. For example, intervention teachers often face barriers like limited access to quality materials for their instruction, or sometimes, limited instructional knowledge, which can leave them feeling unprepared to effectively support students. 

 

Administrators are often looking at their literacy instruction as a whole, including what portion of their students are meeting grade-level literacy expectations and state standards based on multiple assessment measures. They are looking for where there are gaps in the instructional programs. Administrators are also tasked with scheduling and staffing, and ensuring staff is appropriately prepared to lead intervention efforts. Time is often a common challenge shared by all. 

 

While these stakeholders have different perspectives, collaboration and communication can actually be the key to overcoming many of these challenges. If you feel a lack of connection in your school, my advice would be to proactively open those lines of communication. 

Content Literacy Fundamentals Sample

Schoolwide’s Content Literacy units integrate knowledge-building and literacy skills, immersing students in real reading, writing, and research experiences that deepen their understanding of the world around them. Through inquiry-based lessons, Content Literacy Fundamentals supports students in their growing content knowledge of science and social studies topics, in alignment with the Next Gen Science Standards and the the National Curriculum Standards of Social Studies. Our resources complement both literacy and general science and social studies classroom curricula.

 

 

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Reading Fundamentals Sample

Schoolwide’s Reading Fundamentals develops, expands, and enhances the skills, strategies, and tools students can use to make meaning of and interact with text. Within the Reading Fundamentals framework are opportunities to read to students (Mentor Texts), to read with students (Shared Texts), and to have students read independently (books or texts at their independent reading levels).

 

At the core of Reading Fundamentals are high-quality, authentic pieces of literature. These texts give students the experiences not only to practice their skills and develop reading comprehension, but also to grow their passion for reading and learning.

 

To see our full listing of Reading Fundamentals units, mentor texts, and classroom libraries, download our 23-24 Literacy Sampler

 

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Writing Fundamentals Sampler

Schoolwide’s Writing Fundamentals is designed to empower teachers to establish predictable routines, where students take ownership of their writing, share work with peers, and learn to plan, revise, and edit. The overarching goal is to lead students to discover their writing identities, while finding joy and building confidence with the process of crafting their own pieces of writing.

 

Multilingual Learner Support: Writing Fundamentals include embedded support and strategies specifically for multilingual learners. Our supports are focused on helping students bring their background knowledge to enrich their understanding of the texts being shared, and later, guiding them during independent writing practice with adapted appendices and supportive vocabulary guides.

 

 

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