Table 1: Professional development activities available to participants at the district level.

ActivitiesFallWinterSpring

Assessment to Instruction Workshops (teams)One day workshop (Sept 26)
Explored formative and performance based assessment and reading performance standards
Modeled goal setting from PBA data
Elements of effective adolescent literacy programs
 (i) Instructional improvements
 (Reading Next)
 (ii) Infrastructure improvements
 (Reading Next)
Introduced strategic teaching (a few thinking strategies targeted and integrated into the curriculum over time)
Teams goal set and planned at the instructional and school organization level
One day workshop (Jan 13)
Assessment to instruction cycle revisited
Reflected on current goals and related activities
Discussed the notion of sustainability continuing to work on plans throughout the year
Discussed using formative assessment throughout the year
Open ended teaching reviewed and modeled
Cross-school sharing of goals, plans, strategies enacted and student samples
Teams goal set and planned at the instructional and school organization level
Morning workshop (May 19)
Reviewed focus of the project (grade level teams, formative assessment, setting goals for student learning, working together to develop and implement practices, summative assessment and reflection)
Teams shared and discussed successes and challenges, ways to work between elementary and secondary schools
Discussed integrating planning, assessment and instruction
Teams goal set and planned regarding their professional development needs for next year

Partner workshops (literacy leader and partner)One day workshop (Dec 13)
Assessment to instruction cycle revisited
Reflected on current goals and related activities
Co-teaching models introduced
Examined unit planning approaches to build reading strategies into content teaching
Reviewed reading comprehension research (Duke and Pearson 2002 [93])
Modeled open ended teaching to help kids connect to, actively process, and transform content
Partners goal set and planned classroom activities
Professional readings distributed
One day workshop (Feb 14)
Partners reflected on student learning, plans enacted, and possible next steps
Shared implementation stories and student samples
Introduced approaches to organizing for collaboration
Modeled open-ended teaching that helps kids connect to, actively process and transform/personalize content
Introduced inquiry groups as an instructional approach
Partners goal set/planned classroom activities
Professional readings distributed
One day shared leadership workshop (April 12)
Superintendent spoke about IRI as epicenter of learning plan as a district
Reviewed goal of supporting student transition to secondary schools (awareness of kids at risk)
Related adolescent learning theory to reading initiative
Examined opportunities to link reading/learning foci to new curricula (assessing kids’ thinking processes)
Reviewed formative assessment and strategic teaching
Discussed building teaching practices that help kids achieve standards and accommodate differences
Discussed, shared and distributed learning and leadership at the classroom and school level

Literacy leaders meetings Literacy leader meetings afternoon (Sept 15)
Examined vision for schools and literacy leader role
Reviewed and discussed 6 strategies for people work (McAndrew 2005 [94])
Discussed reading performance standards and PBA protocol
Reviewed and discussed Pro D initiatives for the year, professional resources in schools and IRI funding
Action planning (vision, collaboration, instruction, and own learning and reflection)
Literacy leader meetings afternoon (June 20)
Discussed instructional coaching
Examined principles of assessment for learning
Reflected on ways to work with full school staff around literacy
Discussed PBA format and group problem solved
Reviewed new professional resources in schools
Goal set and planned regarding professional development needs for next year

Second shot program development (second shot teachers and literacy leaders)Morning meeting/workshop (Sept 15)
Reviewed development process to date
Shared progress to date
Reviewed role of second shot course within schools
Shared assessment practices and goals set for students
Shared instructional plans to date
Reviewed unit planning, lesson planning, comprehension and metacognition strategies and instructional approaches
Reviewed unit/lesson planning, strategies, and instructional approaches
Goal set and planned classroom activities
After school 3 hour meeting (Feb 21)
Reviewed structure of IRI initiative
Reviewed second shot course goals
Reviewed reading comprehension research Brainstormed and discussed challenges and questions
Shared implementation stories, student samples and units and lessons
Goal set and planned classroom activities
Morning meeting (June 28)
Reviewed Deschler’s content literacy curriculum
Reviewed Allington’s research on struggling readers
Reviewed second shot course goals and outcomes
Reviewed instructional approaches (gradual release, strategic teaching, four blocks, open ended teaching)
Examined engaging and accessible texts
Goal set and planned regarding groups professional development needs for next year