Last week, we welcomed both new and returning Wolfpack WORKS teachers to NC State’s Friday Institute for professional development. We spent two days orienting our new teachers to the program and building relationships with them. These new, K-2 teachers met their Wolfpack WORKS coaches and learned about ways that Wolfpack WORKS will support their literacy instruction and their students’ literacy learning. We also provided in-depth learning opportunities about our essential literacy practices!
On the two additional days, both new and returning teachers came together to learn more about our content-focused coaching. We introduced these teachers to some new tools we created to promote effective collaboration between teachers and coaches. The teachers also learned about the first of our four coaching content structures, the read-aloud structure. We know that reading aloud is an essential component of literacy instruction to promote students’ literacy learning and engagement in reading. The teachers gained more knowledge about the essential practices of read aloud. including how to incorporate vocabulary and comprehension during interactive read alouds. Furthermore, the teachers interacted with high-quality, complex, and diverse texts to use during their interactive read alouds. They also created individualized questions and considered what else they wanted to learn about read alouds. Finally, they drafted goals for implementing read alouds in their classrooms. Our coaches are looking forward to continuing this work on the read-aloud structure with their teachers as well as creating effective literacy environments in the classrooms!
Conducting professional development is one of our favorite aspects of Wolfpack WORKS. Our Wolfpack WORKS teachers are engaged and enthusiastic, and had insightful takeaways from our time together. The Wolfpack WORKS team really enjoyed continuing the work with all these wonderful K-2 teachers during this action-packed week and is looking forward to our continued work together during the 2019-2020 school year!
Wolfpack WORKS Program Director