Posted on 12/23/2015 at 09:28 AM by Blog Experts
From Hello Literacy Blog:
"While the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the first new legislation since No Child Left Behind, and claims to put more educational decision-making at the state and local level, there are many good mandates in the bill that will ensure high quality literacy instruction for all students. While the term "guided reading" yields a NO MATCH search in the bill, "differentiated individual and small group instruction and discussion" are included under Section 2221, Definitions of Comprehensive Literacy Instruction. Also mandated are "opportunities for students to use language skills with peers and adults to develop language skills, including vocabulary." Another mandate is "teacher collaboration in planning instruction" which many schools already do, but could potentially mean losing your individual planning time and replaced with collaborative planning time. There also seems to be a lot of money set aside for literacy PD which is great news."