Mapping the direction for instruction and assessment in Rocky View Schools
Literacy Team – We are proud that after two years in development and consultation with RVS educators and provincial collaborators, the RVS K-12 Literacy Numeracy Framework version 1.0 is here! This is a powerful tool that is easily accessible and is full of resources that can be used within the classroom immediately. This framework provides a comprehensive, focused, and intentional system-wide approach to literacy and numeracy development, as well as a common set of essential conditions for implementation. The RVS K-12 Literacy and Numeracy Framework will support and guide schools as they work to achieve high standards of literacy and numeracy teaching and learning.
With this being the first version of the framework, subsequent versions will further define and enhance literacy and numeracy at all school levels. We are working with a Middle/High School Literacy Task Group and a K-4 Literacy and Numeracy committees to continue development of the framework. The focus for implementation for 2016/17 is on K-4 division wide literacy practices, resources and assessment. We’ve only just begun!
Through RVS’ ongoing commitment to the professional learning of our educators, we will develop the professional capacity to support the framework and the literacy and numeracy development of all students in our classrooms. The RVS Literacy Team is excited and eager to provide support to schools as we work together to ensure that all learners are successful, engaged, and supported.
We know this living document will evolve through collaborations, consultations and celebrations with RVS educators and we welcome your feedback in order to improve this vital building block moving forward in our literacy and numeracy journey.
Literacy Specialists – “Literacy skills are required by everyone in every situation – life wide and throughout our lives – life long. “ (Government of Alberta, Living Literacy, p.6)
RVS’ Literacy Specialist Team #rvslit
With seventy-one years of combined RVS experience, the literacy team is excited to share our passion, knowledge, and support to colleagues across the division as we work to build literacy & numeracy capacity among RVS educators.
Our role is to educate, facilitate, and assist school administrators and educators with the implementation of RVS’ Literacy and Numeracy Framework. Through professional learning opportunities, resource awareness, and working alongside educators in the classroom and schools, we look forward to exploring new literacy tools, strategies, and assessments in authentic and meaningful ways, while being cognizant of current educational research and the ongoing balanced literacy programming in our schools. These combined efforts will provide opportunities for us to build upon existing best literacy practices and, ultimately, lead to building all students’ competencies, helping to achieve their potential.
We hit the ground running on August 30 with a PL session co-facilitated by Dr. Karen Loerke, a literacy consultant who has been instrumental in the development of the RVS K-12 Literacy Framework . Together we got the chance to meet and work with over 90 teachers, literacy leads, and administrators from gr. 3-4 to provide PL on the Rocky View Independent Reading Comprehension Benchmark Assessment. Over the course of the day, participants were engaged in rich discussions about the assessment tool’s ability to inform instruction as well as provide authentic, ongoing reflections of student growth. Further to this session, we are looking forward to meeting more educators (Grade 1 and 2) on September 19th where we will provide PL on Running Records Assessment. Both these assessment tools are being field tested this year. If you are interested in learning more about these tools, please contact your literacy coach or a member of the RVS literacy team.
Finally, we hope you will follow us on Twitter at #RVSlit, where we will share all things literacy, as well as showcase the great work that RVS educators are currently doing.
We are looking forward to collaborating with you.
Deb, Susan, Jody and Julie