2018 SUMMER SCHOLARS COHORT APPLICATION
You are invited to apply to join Read Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth ISD and many community partners in stopping summer slide as part of the 2018 Summer Scholars cohort.
Access to quality summer learning programs is essential to providing young readers the reinforcement they need to grow in literacy skills over the summer and not lose ground. Read Fort Worth is recruiting a cohort of summer learning providers, especially in geographic areas where third-grade reading achievement lags, to help in this effort.
If selected, your site will receive at no cost access to the adopted common measurement tool, training in the use of the assessment tool for your staff, staff training, support and visibility with local foundations.
Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Duration of the program is at least six weeks
- Literacy instruction is provided 3-4 times a week
- Low student/teacher ratio during literacy instruction
- Staff receives initial and ongoing training
- Adequate technology to support student assessment
- Parents and families are engaged as partners in ways that are culturally and linguistically responsive
PLEASE COMPLETE ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER PROVIDER.
DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2018 COHORT APPLICATIONS: Friday, March 23, 2018
SUMMER LEARNING BEST PRACTICES RUBRIC
The following rubric can be used to answer question #25 of the application, which describes elements of your program.
Click here to download a .PDF version of the rubric.
WORKING DEFINITIONS RELATED TO THE SUMMER LEARNING 2018 RUBRIC
- Well-trained: Training for the skills, knowledge and experience to equip instructors to impart intentional literacy instruction to young children. In beginning level programs, instructors have received training by certified teachers with literacy learning credentials, as documented by a test to verify satisfactory completion. In developing programs, (in addition to what is provided in beginning level programs) instructors receive coaching by certified teachers with literacy learning credentials. In accomplished programs, in addition to coaching, instructors receive supervision by certified teachers with literacy learning credentials. In exemplary programs, instructors are certified teachers with literacy learning credentials.
- Ongoing: specifically required periodic continuing education in literacy learning. In beginning and developing level programs, ongoing means annually. In accomplished programs, ongoing means semi-annually. In exemplary programs, ongoing means quarterly or more frequently.
- Professional Development: a program of literacy instruction delivered through continuing education workshops designed to help educators improve their professional knowledge, competence, skill and effectiveness, incorporating an evaluative stage.
- Parent Communication: verbal communication, sometimes supported by technology, between instructors and parents to increase the learning of both parties about the wide variety of needs of young children in their care. During summer literacy learning programs, these communications in beginning level programs take place at the start and end of the program. In developing and accomplished programs, these communications take place weekly. In exemplary programs, relevant information is shared with academic year teachers as well.
- Classroom Management: Classroom management is a term teachers use to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly without disruptive behavior from students compromising the delivery of instruction. Classroom management may also refer to the ability of instructors to organize students into the appropriate learning modalities/environments (for example, phonemic instruction, silent reading, writing) during a single literacy learning instructional session.
- Small Group: Teacher: student ratio or 1:8 or fewer
- Book Choices: Book choices may be made by students, instructors or parents depending on the learning objective.
LITERACY BEST PRACTICES