a : a method for achieving an end
b : an often customary method of doing something : procedure
c : a detailed formulation of a program of action
d : goal, aim
I’ve always been known as a planner. I’m the family planner for my husband and two boys, one of the first to plan a getaway or event with friends, and I have a hard time accepting that there isn’t always a plan. When it comes to planning fun events, you don’t need to put much more thought into it than FUN. However, when planning a Literacy Action Plan for a school you have much more to consider. “School leaders must develop a data-based literacy action plan that they will actively use to guide ongoing decisions about instruction, programming, and resource allocation” (Irvin, Meltzer, & Dukes, 2007, p. 1). It is an involved process that has to be PLANNED carefully.
Student data should drive what you are doing. If you aren’t catering to your students, why are you wasting your and their time? They are your main audience and they will tell you what they need with the right assessments. Too often it becomes about the teachers, the parents, the principals or *insert gasp here* politicians. Once you have your data you will use research based practices to help students achievement.
According to Irvin, Meltzer, & Dukes (2007) say that “A comprehensive literacy action plan has action steps related to five key areas:
- Strengthening Literacy Development Across the Content Areas;
- Literacy Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers;
- School Policies, Structures, and Culture for Supporting Literacy;
- Building Leadership Capacity; and
- Supporting Teachers to Improve Instruction.”
What a great start! As one of those silly teacher folk (and parent) I spoke of earlier I can see some parts missing to those five components. Here are five of my own: consistency, communication, honesty, transparency, and a clear communication of roles. Going into depth on these five could be a whole new blog post, but for now I will leave it at that because…
I have plans.
Irvin, J. L., Meltzer, J., & Dukes, M. S. (June 2007). Chapter 5. Develop and Implement a Schoolwide Literacy Action Plan. Retrieved June 27, 2017, from http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/107034/chapters/Develop-and-Implement-a-Schoolwide-Literacy-Action-Plan.aspx
Plan. (n.d.). Retrieved June 27, 2017, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan
Vogt, M., & Shearer, B. A. (2016). Reading specialists and literacy coaches in the real world. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press.