Office of Literacy
Overview of Professional Development
The core components of the Office of Literacy's initiatives include: 1) leadership for literacy including district and school leaders and literacy coaches; 2) the design and implementation of tiered models of curriculum and instruction including standards-based curriculum and research-informed core and intervention instruction to meet the needs of all students; 3) the use of data from formative and summative assessments of reading, writing, and communication skills to make programmatic and instructional decisions; 4) ongoing and sustained professional development in literacy including statewide advanced seminars and professional development courses, regional professional development to link research and practice and provide networking opportunities; and 5) district and school-based assistance to support the implementation of recommended practices.
The Office of Literacy's professional development opportunities include the following:
Statewide literacy professional development includes literacy strategies intended to close early and adolescent literacy proficiency gaps as identified in the annual analysis of MCAS data. These strategies are articulated as part of the state's Annual Curriculum Summit. Statewide professional development opportunities are available to all of Massachusetts's public school districts. For districts that are not recipients of K-12 Literacy Professional Development Partnership grants in 2009-2010, participation is voluntary.
In 2009-2010, there will be three statewide presentations for K-12 with each presentation offered at least two times to accommodate demand. These presentations will address critical issues and establish the focus of the Office of Literacy's work in 2009-2010.
The Office of Literacy engages external partners in the planning and delivery of statewide professional development opportunities. These include presentations at statewide meetings, redelivery of content using Webinars or other delivery systems, delivery of professional development courses, and development of literacy tools and resources that are available to all districts and schools throughout Massachusetts.
Regional literacy professional development is offered in six regions of Massachusetts as part of the District and School Assistance Centers (DSACs). Those districts and schools that are recipients of the 2009-2010 K-12 Literacy Professional Development Partnership grants due to their accountability status are required to participate in regional professional development opportunities. The Department's literacy specialists offer professional development on selected topics, linking research to practice, especially related to the topics of statewide meetings. The state's literacy specialists also facilitate regional meetings of external partners and educators, both within and across literacy partnerships.
External partners will be integral to regional professional development, serving as presenters at regional meetings and following up with district or school-based support. The target audience for enhanced professional development provided by external partners includes educators including literacy coaches who require additional attention to implement effective core or intervention instruction and/or integrate content knowledge and literacy skills, K-12.
Level 3 professional development includes district or school-based opportunities for educators who work in Commissioner's or Underperforming districts. Those districts and schools that are recipients of the 2009-2010 K-12 Literacy Professional Development partnership grants due to their accountability status are required to participate in district or school-based literacy professional development opportunities. The Office of Literacy's literacy specialists offer site-based professional development on selected topics, and they work with external partners that may also be providing district or school-based literacy professional development. The target audience for site-based professional development includes educators that are implementing core or intervention instruction for struggling readers.