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Synchronizing Success

A Practical Guide to Creating a Comprehensive Literacy System

Maren Koepf

In Synchronizing Success, Maren takes you on a tour of one school's winning strategy for developing an efficient and effective network of literacy support from kindergarten through fifth-grade. Beginning with a practical framework for continuous improvement, Maren presents three guiding principles that underlie the comprehensive system: continuity across practice, instructional language, assessment, etc.; ongoing professional development; and collaborative leadership.


 


Foreword by Tim Rasinski

Product Details

  • Author: Maren Koepf
  • ISBN: 978-157110-743-5
  • Year:2008
  • Media: 192 pp/paper
  • Grade Range: K-6
  • Item No: WEB-0743


"At Moreland Hills Elementary School, something remarkable is taking place," writes district literacy specialist, Maren Koepf. "Across the past ten years, teachers and administrators have worked together to produce a learning network supporting our students, our staff, and our parents. . . Much like the once-apprehensive peasants in the tale of Stone Soup, folks have gradually emerged from their isolated 'huts' of offices and classrooms to generate mutual resources, solutions, and innovations. Through joint endeavors, we created a Comprehensive Literacy System."

In Synchronizing Success, Maren takes you on a tour of one school's winning strategy for developing an efficient and effective network of literacy support from kindergarten through fifth-grade. Beginning with a practical framework for continuous improvement, Maren presents three guiding principles that underlie the comprehensive system: continuity across practice, instructional language, assessment, etc.; ongoing professional development; and collaborative leadership. She illustrates how applying these guiding principles extends a school's capacity for unity and innovation.

The book shows how school leaders can create a comprehensive literacy system, throughout schools and across districts, by aligning change components with a vision for literacy education, and offers tried-and-true processes for developing:

  • job-embedded professional development;
  • common literacy assessments;
  • consistent instructional frameworks;
  • prioritized curricular focus;
  • timely and targeted intervention.

Enriched with tools, tips, and planning guides for incrementally managing positive change, Synchronizing Success provides literacy specialists, principals, and staff developers the resources and action steps necessary for designing an integrated literacy system tailor-fit to their school setting.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: A Practical Framework for Continuous Improvement
Chapter 1: Uniting Voice and Vision

Chapter 2: Continuity by Design
Chapter 3: Continuous Professional Development
Chapter 4: Collaborative Leadership
Part II: Synchronizing Components for Literacy Success
Chapter 5: Reclaiming the "Professional" in Our Teaching Profession
Chapter 6: Apples to Apples: The Power of Common Assessments
Chapter 7: Standing on Strong Shoulders
Chapter 8: Response-Ability: Developing a Common System of Responding to Literacy Needs
Chapter 9: ...And Miles to Go
Appendixes
References
Index

About the Author

Maren Koepf
Maren Koepf teaches and learns alongside the students and faculty of Moreland Hills Elementary Schools in Ohio. >more

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