Early childhood literacy gaining momentum at A-P

Recent assessment scores reflect the successes of early childhood literacy efforts at Aplington-Parkersburg Elementary.

Principal Amy May said literacy has been a focus of professional development at the school since 2014. The shift has included implementing the “Workshop Model”, a four-part instructional model that emphasizes a balanced literacy approach. The model involves direct instruction, plenty of practice time with “scaffolded” support, and a time for sharing and reflection of learning. Teachers develop instructional plans that consider how to best support each student and his or her current reading and writing skills.

Another step has been focusing on formative assessment. May likened formative assessment to routine checkups at the doctor’s office, in that it allows teachers to gauge a student’s abilities and monitor progress and response to instruction.

“Teachers are doing these little checks to see along the way if they’re growing or not,” she said.

Read the full story in the October 4 edition.