Study of Early Literacy (SOEL)
SOEL is a professional learning network for teachers which, through education, meaning a time and space for deep, collaborative learning over time, teachers are empowered with their own knowledge of content, best practices, and instructional decision making skills.
With confidence in their knowledge and pedagogy, teachers become adaptive to their student’s needs and are better able to provide authentic learning experiences for their students. Knowing this, for our Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) in preschool to grade three, we have chosen to develop an approach to teacher professional development that empowers and leverages teacher knowledge and everyday experience working with students.
Files and Texts
August 1 - 5 at Pinckney Pathfinder
2016-2017 School Year Dates:
Cohort I: 9/21, 11/9, 1/11, 3/8, 5/10
Cohort II: 9/21, 10/12, 11/30, 1/19, 3/2, 5/10
*all new participants are part of Cohort II
Five Key Areas & Examples
In our learning, we discovered five key elements, in addition to more traditional practices of teaching reading and writing, which ensure students are motivated, engaged, and become lifelong literacy learners.
Prior Knowledge & Vocabulary
"I learned in SOEL the longstanding effects of the word gap and so it is my mission to make all preschoolers I interact with lifelong lovers of books to help increase vocabulary development in all the children we educate."
"Using the Nell Duke’s Information in Action units, I have integrated reading, writing, science or social studies depending on the content I wish to teach. My student engagement has gone up along with my joy in teaching."
"If instruction is to be thoughtful and differentiated to meet the needs of all students, educators must be skilled in formative assessment as a means of determining learning progression and next steps in literacy instruction."
“I learned in SOEL that integration and connections are key. This is why I have started Connections in my classroom everyday to work on the classroom culture.”
Inquiry & Collaboration
"I learned in SOEL that collaboration impacts student achievement and this is why I collaborate with general education classroom teachers to expose students to the Science curriculum many times"