We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and relaxing summer. Our awesome team of Reading Corps members went to Sacramento last week for an AmeriCorps Orientation and they’ll complete their training in Santa Cruz during this week. We are very excited to be using the PELI (Preschool Early Literacy Indicators) again this year. It is a very child-friendly assessment tool which is embedded into a storybook format. This assessment tool will collect information about students' comprehension and oral language skills. We are looking forward to using this tool with Reading Corps because it will help to guide us in supporting the needs of each child in their literacy growth.
The tutors will be starting their regular schedules in their classrooms on
Monday, September 16th
. During the first week in their classrooms the tutors will spend time building relationships and observing how their teaching team supports children in building a strong foundation of early literacy and social/emotional skills. During the last week in September and the first week in October, the focus for the tutors will be to conduct the PELI assessments and to gather the Fall Benchmark data. Of course, they will continue to have rich conversations and positive interactions with the children as they read the PELI books and play the “games” embedded within the story. Please help them to find a quiet space to conduct the assessments.
Thank you again for your commitment to the SEEDS of Learning and Santa Cruz Reading Corps!