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Literacy is a Team Sport!
Posted 2/8/23

On January 31, 2023, NVUSD students, teachers, academic specialists, and district staff presented a study session to the NVUSD Board of Education focused on secondary literacy and shared the importance of reading and writing to learn across content areas (English Language Arts, science, social science, etc.). The secondary session was built on the data, research, and practice shared during the Elementary Literacy Study Session on November 10, 2022.


At both study sessions, staff presented and facilitated analysis of local, State and National literacy data and engaged the Trustees in classroom lessons. In the elementary study session, the lessons were grounded in the research behind the Science of Reading and the K-5 English Language Arts curriculum, Benchmark. Director of Elementary Education Matt Manning presented the rationale for the adoption of the Science of Reading (SOR) in the NVUSD as well as the research behind the SOR. Finally, staff demonstrated how NVUSD is implementing this approach to K-5 literacy instruction before the NVUSD Board of Education. 


The secondary study session focused on language comprehension using the middle school science curriculum, Amplify. Director of Secondary Education, Monica Ready, presented the secondary literacy plan which focuses on providing updated curricular resources and professional development focused on language comprehension instructional strategies across content.  Lastly, staff shared the focus on continuous improvement by using learning sprints (data cycles) to determine the impact on student language comprehension. The presentation ended with Napa High School students sharing their experiences using literacy strategies to help them learn.


We look forward to expanding professional learning focused on language comprehension during the Professional Learning Day on March 10th.


To learn more we invite you to review the presentation slides and/or listen to the session recordings below.



Caption: Watch the November 10, 2022, study session above or view the presentation slides here. 



Caption: Watch the January, 31 2023, study session above or view the presentation slides here.