Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate the first session of WNYLIT, a new forum for literacy leaders in our area, hosted at the Carrier Center in Angola, New York by the fine folks at Erie 2 BOCES (thanks Theresa)! Twenty literacy coaches, administrators, and teachers came together to explore the benefits and challenges of building relationships with those aim to serve. We used a protocol for rich text discussion to explore several pieces of literature (hat tip to Joe, for reminding me of this text), did a bit of collaborative problem solving, and had an opportunity to share some of our resources, expertise, and strategies. As we worked together to shape our next agenda, we decided we were eager to learn more about how we might capture information from formative assessments to guide our work with teachers and students.
In the mean time, we’ve established an online community that will allow us to remain in touch with one another in between sessions and connect with those beyond our community who might help us learn and grow even more. Please consider joining us here if you are a literacy leader in your own school or community! This tool provides tremendous potential for all of us, and it would be wonderful to connect with those beyond our area as well.