Dear MMSD Staff,
As we round out the 2020-2021 school year, we have much to celebrate in our progress toward our district strategy of Early Literacy and Beyond! To date, we have engaged 135 Instructional Coaches and 20 district leaders toward their completion of the 100 hours of LETRS training! We have been engaging in conversations to ensure that the Science of Reading is at the core of all of our instructional decisions, resources, and professional learning experiences.
Over the past few months, we have been listening to the voices of our principals and teachers, and have finalized our LETRS training model. In order to be sure that 100% of teachers and staff enrolled in LETRS have adequate time to effectively engage in the learning, we will complete units 1-4 during the 2021-2022 school year, and units 5-8 during the 2022-2023 school year.
We spent a lot of time gathering information from various stakeholders to ensure expectations were reasonable, and that MMSD staff could be successful. We spoke with teachers, coaches, principals, and district office staff. We also worked with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, and asked questions of other districts who are doing this work.
By limiting the work to units 1-4 next school year, we will be able to provide time during the 2021-2022 year to complete the work, and make connections to classroom practice. There is nothing more important than truly experiencing the LETRS training and applying the learning to classroom practice. Our hope is that teachers find joy in this learning. Please continue reading to find details on who will receive training and when.
Finally, the Literacy Task Force, which is our partnership strategy with UW Madison, is wrapping up at the end of June. I will be sharing their recommendations and findings in our upcoming eBlast editions.
Marvin Pryor, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer