Word Study Team
As part of the District Literacy Plan, the Ames Community School District formed a team of preschool through second grade teachers to study District-identified gaps around phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and handwriting.
The team convened in January 2016 and is charged with studying research, identifying gaps, and creating recommendations to fill those gaps.
These posts reflect the work done by the Word Team in 2016 -2017.
Latest Teaching and Learning News
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June 12-K-2 Foundational Skills Reading Materials Presentation
June 7, What research tells us about dyslexia
May 31, no update
May 24, Literacy Pilot results will be shared June 12.
May 19, no update
May 12 – Links to video presentation by pilot materials representatives
May 8, no update
May 1, no update
April 24, no update
April 16-Announcement of live presentation of Literacy Pilot materials by program representatives
April 7, no update
March 31, no update
March 24-Update on third rotation and community feedback
March 17, no update
March 10, no update
March 3- Inviting Public Input
Jan. 25, 2017-Second cycle of pilot materials rolls out
Dec. 20 Update of Pilot of Literacy Materials
Dec. 14, no update
Dec. 7 Literacy Pilot Frequently Asked Questions
In an effort to increase transparency, we added FAQs to keep people with an interest in the pilot apprised of answers to their questions.
Nov. 28, no update
Nov. 21 Video of Nov. 16 discussion of Literacy Pilot with Fellows parents
Nov. 14 Iowa Reading Resource Center’s Role in Literacy Pilot
Nov. 1 – Literacy Pilot is launched.
Oct. 11 – Announcing materials selected and pilot study design
Sept. 30-no update
Sept. 20 -Teaching & Learning Committee meets with Word Study Team
Sept. 16-no update
Sept. 9-no update
Sept. 2-no update
Aug. 29-Board Committee learns more of Team’s work
Aug. 26-no update
Aug. 19-no update
Aug. 12 – Focus on the impact of teaching
Aug. 5-no update
July 29-no update
July 22-Update on Visible Learning for Literacy Institute
July 16, 2016- Brief Update
July 7, 2016 – Meeting with Iowa Reading Research Center Directors
June 27, 2016 – Moving Forward