Literacy for ME: Toolkit

Ongoing Professional Learning

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Foundational Research

Teacher Professional Development: It’s Not an Event, It’s a Process

This research based document outlines three crucial aspects of professional development—context, content, and process. It supports ongoing development, rather than onetime events.

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Elementary K-2, Middle 6-8, Elementary 3-5, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education, Early childhood PK

District administrators, Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

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Foundational Research

Professional Development for Teachers of Reading: An Overview

This article chronicles the history of professional development in schools. The overview spans from the 1800’s to present day.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Early childhood PK, Adult Education

School administrators, Classroom educators, District administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

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Foundational Research

Maine's Training and Development Quality Standards

Maine created a set of five quality standards for professional development. This page describes each of those standards

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Curriculum standard

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Early childhood PK, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, School staff, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

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Foundational Research

SEDL: Professional Learning Communities

This website is a collection of resources pertaining to Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). It includes an introduction to the concept and related research.

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Elementary K-2, Early childhood PK, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education, Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, School administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Librarian

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Foundational Research

Key Themes from the Literature (PLCs)

This mini literature review outlines the research based key themes pertaining to PLCs It focuses on a set of guiding questions. 

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, District administrators, School administrators, Family literacy educator, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Librarian

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Teacher Development Plans

Missouri Department of Education: Individual Development Plans & Logs

The Missouri Department of Education created and distributed this research-based toolkit. It outlines the professional development requirements and includes sample personal plans for teachers to use. It also includes a cost measure and a timeline of events.

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Librarian, Family literacy educator

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Planning Professional Learning Opportunities: Reflecting on Needs

Planning for Professional Development: National School Board Association: Questions for Reflection

This website lists guiding questions for stakeholders to consider when planning and implementing professional development. The questions will spark reflection and discussion to plan effective professional development.

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, District administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Librarian, Family literacy educator

Grades K-12

Planning Professional Learning Opportunities: Effective Planning

Vermont Department of Education: A Guide for Increasing the Effectiveness of Professional Development

This recently released document outlines how schools and districts can increase the effectiveness of professional development.  It includes resources and guided steps to take when planning professional development.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators

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Planning Professional Learning Opportunities: Effective Planning

Worksheets for Planning Effective Professional Development

This series of worksheets guides stakeholders through the process of reflecting on current practice, using the information to plan professional development, and reflecting on the process.

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

Adult Learners

Professional Learning Opportunities

State of Maine Adult Learning Opportunities

The State of Maine sponsors a website specific to literacy learning opportunities for adults. There are several resources and contacts listed on the website for interested users.

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Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, Adult educator

Adult 

Professional Learning Opportunities

Maine Department of Education Professional Development Opportunities

This link connects to the Maine DOE portal for resources and professional development opportunities in the area of adult learning.

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Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, Adult educator

Grades K-Adult

Professional Learning Opportunities

Maine Department of Education: Outlining the Cycle of Professional Development for Educators

This website describes the cycle of educator professional development in the State of Maine. Resources pertaining to educator professional development can be found on this page.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, Adult educator

Grades K-Adult

Professional Learning Opportunities

Maine Department of Education: Professional Development Learning Framework

The State of Maine Professional Development Learning Framework is available on this website.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, Adult educator

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Foundational Research and Resources

Literacy Information and Communication System

This is an online resource for professional development, research, and program locators.

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Community members, Higher Education , Business

Grades K-Adult

Professional Learning Opportunities

State of Maine Cross Discipline Literacy Development

The Maine Department of Education hosts a Cross Discipline Literacy Network. This website provides information and resources pertaining to cross content literacy.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, Adult educator

Birth-Age 5

Resources for Implementation

Head Start

The Head Start website provides resources for school readiness, research and reporting, and training.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Librarian, Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Adult Learners

Opportunities for Families & Communities

Maine Adult Education Literacy Courses

This page on the State of Maine Adult Education site contains a list of courses related to literacy

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Organization or program, Repository

Website

Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, District administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Librarian

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Understanding PLCs

Professional Learning Communities Video

Rick DuFour, an original creator of Professional Learning Communities, speaks about the importance of PLCs and how these groups can benefit teachers and students alike.

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Training material

Video

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

National School Reform Faculty: Learning Communities Resource List

This website lists links and resources related to creating effective learning communities. It includes many topics such as goal setting, meeting protocols, and more.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

Responsive Facilitation

This is a checklist for responsive facilitation. These indicators give facilitators things to consider when leading groups or meetings.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

Pocket Guide to Probing Questions

This guide describes clarifying and probing questions, including examples of each. These questions can be used in conjunction with Professional Learning Communities.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

Facilitating Learning, Logistics, and Longevity

This resource examines learning, logistics, and longevity using a Venn diagram to illustrate the ideal balance between the three concepts. When done in conjunction with one another, these actions can improve teaching and learning.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

Focus and Framing Questions

This link includes an exercise for teams or communities to use. It begins with reflection about a dilemma or problem, and ends with focus and framing questions to better define the underlying issue.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

What? So What? Now What?

This resource introduces participants to the idea of using protocols. The process described focuses on using specific questions to elicit information. This is one method to use with Professional Learning Communities.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Team Protocols

Success Analysis Protocol

This analysis protocol guides participants through the process of identifying and evaluating best practices. It is designed to be used with small groups or PLCs.

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Adult educator, Librarian

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Professional Development Organizations

International Reading Association (IRA)

The International Reading Association provides research, resources, tools, and interactive learning opportunities for interested participants. Each state or region has its own chapter to provide additional support close to home.

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Organization or program, Training material

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Higher Education , Librarian

Grades 6-12

Professional Development Organizations

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

The National Council of Teachers of English strives to improve English and language arts instruction and learning. Webinars, onsite training meetings, research publications and other tools are used to professional development to teachers. There are resources for all ages, but a special focus is given to grades 6-12.

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Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Community members, Adult educator, Higher Education , Librarian

Birth-Pre-K

Professional Development Organizations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

This organization focuses on improving educational opportunities for young children. The website provides a vast array of research, resources and tools for parents and practitioners. Webinars and in-person conferences are offered as well.

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Early childhood PK

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Librarian

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Professional Development Organizations

National Governors Association (NGA)

The National Governors Association releases statements about literacy and learning on relevant topics, including but not limited to adolescent literacy, the Common Core State Standards, and educational reform.  Interested users can search the website for the latest information released by the NGA.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Community members, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Family literacy educator, Librarian

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Professional Development Organizations

ASCD: Learn, Teach, Lead

ASCD is an organization dedicated to educational leadership at all levels. The website provides research materials, learning opportunities, and tools to improve literacy instruction and curriculum.

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Organization or program, Training material

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Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, District administrators, School board, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Higher Education , Librarian

 

 

9/18/12