English-Language Arts and Literacy

The English Language Arts and Literacy Coordinator at ESD 101 works in partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) including the eight other ESD regions across Washington State and school districts to provide services that support access to high quality, effective literacy learning experiences for all students through a racial equity lens. Services and supports include:

: ESD 101 facilitates this network series to provide opportunity for cross-district collaboration and learning about current evidence-based research and best instructional practices in English Language Arts instruction and assessment. Along with updates on current state and federal initiatives, participants review professional resources and discuss ways to increase teacher leadership in their home districts. We approach our discussions with a systems level lens and utilize Improvement Science tools for educational leaders to facilitate cycles of inquiry and continuous improvement in their own districts. The vision is to build teacher leadership and cross district networking.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS FELLOWS: Washington State Fellows are selected teacher leaders from the disciplines of Math, Science, Early Learning, and ELA who work, learn and collaborate through the school year. The mission of the ELA Fellows is to develop leadership skills, increase understanding of adult learning facilitating the change process, to build content knowledge and center racial equity; improving outcomes for all students.  Fellows will develop skills to lead professional learning at their sites to implement identified school or district literacy action plans.  ELA Fellows use their professional learning to support their school districts.  Thus supporting the school district’s implementation of the Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts (Common Core). Link to application:  http://www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/Fellows.aspx 

Our Regional Literacy Coordinator works throughout the region with school districts to assist in the implementation of the Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts (CCSS). Our staff can provide job-embedded learning that engages teachers in constructive teaming to improve teaching practices and student learning or formalized professional development training. These professional development opportunities can be designed to be one-time, short term trainings or repeated site visits. They are designed to meet the needs of your building or district. The support can be provided to teacher teams, full teaching staff, PLCs or other leadership teams. Suggested topics are utilizing data to drive instruction, foundational skills training, development of formative assessments, training on the components of literacy, and building a tiered instructional model.

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Jennifer Ireland, M.Ed.


Regional Literacy Coordinator and TPEP Lead

Marzano Instructional Framework Facilitator

Improvement Science Facilitator

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