A Close Look at Literacy

By Jenni Swanson Voorhees, Lower School Faculty

During the last week of June, 18 Lower School teachers gathered for four days to study the process of teaching reading and writing. Taking advantage of our Divisional Grant program, our teachers worked closely with workshop leader Maggie Moon, formerly of the Reading & Writing Project at Teacher’s College and currently literacy coach at The School at Columbia in New York City. She engaged Lower School from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day, exploring how students best learn literacy skills that, in turn, develop a lifelong love of reading and writing. The group of teachers represented all the grade levels at the School and some specialists, and included two faculty members hired for next year. The teachers deeply explored reading and writing practice themselves, and developed plans for the coming year that reflect the coordination of experiences and skills between grade levels. Maggie Moon was a wonderful leader and will return during the school year to further the work. Overall, she was most impressed by the Lower School teachers, both for their work ethic and for their superb writing skills.

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