First, it is organized into a survey that will allow district personnel to self-assess current literacy practices and then collaborate as a team to improve literacy strategies. For educators in schools, this scan is a chance to anonymously share your feedback on how literacy practices are being implemented in your school and district. For district administrators, this scan will capture perceptions among staff about implementation within individual schools and district-wide. (In fact, if you administer this scan a few times per year or across multiple years, you will also be able to track the progress of literacy implementation in your district over time.)
This tool’s second purpose is to compile many relevant resources and examples that will help you to implement effective literacy practices.
This is an anonymous scan designed to capture the perceptions of personnel around key components associated with balanced literacy programs. The scan does not request any personal information and does not track email addresses or other information related to users. Only the district administrator who distributed the link for the scan has access to the reports generated by this tool. The use of this tool over time can help a district understand the progress of the implementation of a balanced literacy program.
You can think of this scan as an informative rubric for how districts and schools can implement effective literacy practices. You can access and use any of the resources, examples, and tools that are embedded in the scan questions. (A full list of the resources can also be found below.) If you respond to the scan questions, your results will not be tallied unless your district administers this scan.
If you are a district administrator who would like to survey your personnel on the extent to which they perceive effective literacy strategies to be in place, you can log in or sign up here. After you create your profile, you can create a school roster so that when you administer the scan, it will disaggregate school-level and district-level results.
Embedded throughout this scan are resources, examples, templates, and tools. They will help you to calibrate your responses to the scan questions. (Sometimes, it’s just easier to establish a common vocabulary when there are examples in place.) But these resources are also there for you to use any time, as you deem appropriate. As well as being embedded throughout the scan, you can click the button below to view them all.