• Keystones to Opportunity

    WASD Literacy Outcomes:(See overall priorities)
    KtO Innovation Early Impact Award Presentation-- Power point presentation at PA Literacy Conference KtO PPT
    Read Year 2 Update PPT-- KtO Year 2 Update
    Read the district's entire Literacy Plan here: WASD Local Literacy Plan
    Read the 1-page summary of WASD's Local Literacy Plan here:
    Questions, feedback, or interest in learning more about the district's Local Literacy Plan are invited,
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    WASD Literacy Outcomes
    • Data-driven decision making using new assessments GRADE & DIBELS and already in-use assessments 4-Sight to improve achievement
    • Implementation of a research based core reading program that delivers the 5 large areas of literacy; comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, phonics and phonemic awareness
    • Support teachers in literacy through the use of instructional coaches
    •  Develop, implement, and refine a Response to Instruction and Intervention model
    • Participate in required KtO modules; 2012-2013 Building Blocks of Literacy, Successful Transitions, Family Engagement, Universal Design, Supporting Learners with Special Needs, Using Data, Navigating Content with ELL ‘s (repeated training summer 2014) and 2013-2014 trainings; HEAT Modules—this year; Higher Order Thinking and Engagement

     Target Group: Faculty and Students

    #1 Elementary Kindergarten through Grade 5
    #2 Pre Kindergarten (Head Start)


    Keystones to Opportunities Priority Needs and Goals

    Priority No#1: Standards and Curriculum

    A written, standards aligned literacy curriculum that delivers a consistent and comprehensive scope and sequence of skills and skill development

    Priority No#2: Instruction

     Implementation of common instructional design and core reading program inclusive of all evidence-based reading elements (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Comprehension, Fluency)

    Priority No#3: Professional Learning

    Professional development focused on achievement, implementation of core reading program, effective instructional practices, and standards-based curriculum design

    Priority No#4: Supportive Interventions

    Students are provided differentiated and tiered reading instruction in addition to core reading time through a highly developed Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) model

    Priority No#5: Assessments

    All elementary schools will deliver, analyze, and change instruction based on multiple sources of assessment data. The district will create an assessment plan with formative and summative assessments incorporated across all grade levels

    Resources supported through Keystones to Opportunity

    ·         Curriculum and Materials

    o   Implementation of a research-based, core reading program, K-5

    o   Supportive and aligned intervention materials for Title I and Learning Support

    • Job-embedded professional development through instructional coaches that will support all elementary schools.  
    • Support and delivery of a defined RtII model that delivers tiered interventions
    •  Delivery of core professional development modules (KtO)
    •  Delivery of systematic and universal assessments; DIBELS Next and GRADE and Data Liaison Coach that will support building and district analysis of results and needed instructional changes