At Midlakes Schools in Clifton Springs, N.Y., our literacy programming was a bit inconsistent. Our teachers had varying backgrounds and different approaches to teaching students to read and write. While our teachers were able to align to one another pretty well within each grade, vertical alignment was not as easy as it could have been.
Ours is a rural district with approximately 1,500 students, almost half of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. With a growing population of English language learners, it became more important to ensure all of our teachers were on the same page in delivering literacy instruction they believed in. While the middle of a pandemic may not be the best time to refresh a literacy curriculum, here’s how we did it.