Literacy Collaborative (LC) provides a framework for teacher instruction and collaboration with Lesley University. The instructional model is research based and child centered. The goal is for each student to have successful literacy instruction and achievement.
The 2.3 to 3 hour block of daily literacy instruction includes Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Language/Phonics/Word Study. Teacher instruction is flexible to meet the students’ individual needs. Students are encouraged to ask questions, explain their thinking, and listen to others. The long term goal is to have all students become strong, independent readers and writers.
All teachers receive on-going staff development each year. During the first year of teaching within Tift County, in grades K to 3, teachers receive 40 hours of literacy training. After their initial training year, teachers continue to receive an additional 20 hours of staff development to extend their learning and implementation of the framework. The literacy coordinators support colleagues through demonstrations within teachers’ classrooms, observations, and coaching of the Literacy Collaborative framework.
G.O. Bailey has 2 full time Literacy Collaborative coordinators who train and coach classroom teachers.