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Literacy Team

Carol Loflin, Director of Instruction

Kathy Moore, Coordinator, Curriculum and Instruction

Rebecca Bartow, TSA/Instructional Coach

Renee Doran, TSA/Instructional Coach

Kristina Sacks, TSA/Instructional Coach

Marissa Ware, TSA/Instructional Coach



Great Apps for Literacy

ABC Magic--Engaging for Primary

Grammer APP HD--Progress Testing

Chickionary--Best Word Game

Bluster--Elementary Vocabulary Builder

Storyrobe--Story Creator

Conference Points: Teacher

(Remember – a conference is really just a conversation between two writers. Here’s some language to get you started.)

Sometimes a compliment conference is all that’s needed, or all that you can ...more

Reading and Writing Workshop Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom

The workshop strategies that teachers practice through the District’s Reading and Writing Project are constantly evolving. Today the 21st Century Learning Skills of curiosity, creativity, ...more

SRVUSD Libraries

We live in the Information Age, and because we do, information literacy has become one of the most important competencies required for success at any stage of life.

Our resource-rich school libraries play a key role in promoting both information literacy and reading for information and inspiration.  Staffed by credentialed teacher librarians our middle and high school libraries are becoming 21st century learning environments that offer equal opportunities for achievement to all students.

The mission of the SRVUSD library program is to provide an information-rich environment which enables students to become effective users of ideas and information and literate life-long learners.

  • In the 21st century this means our students will use skills, resources, and tools to:
  • Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge
  • Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge
  • Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth

We hope that you will find the information here useful, and will seek out the teacher librarian at your site to begin (or continue) to design and implement technology-rich, content-deep learning opportunities.

Integrating Tech Skills into Workshop

Here are some tips to build 21st Century skills into Workshop.

21st Century Post-Its! (and other ways to integrate tech skills into workshop)

WALLWISHER: think of it as digital Post-Its!

Critical Thinking Skills

The attached PDF is a free eBook from Microsoft that looks at utilizing Web Based Research to Develop Critical Thinking skills. It's very comprehensive and has great ideas and conversation starters.

Google Books

Google has launched their eBookstore , which is different than Google Books. The great feature about the Google eBookstore , is you can download these books on many different types of devices. iPod, iPad, Android, Computer, Nook and Sony devices. The books do cost money, however there are many free titles to choose from as well.

Grammar Apps for iTouch/iPad

Pearson Education has some excellent Grammar apps  if you have iTouches/iPads on your campus. Some of the apps are free with limited access, and others will cost $.99.

San Ramon Valley Reading and Writing Project

Quick Links

Youngzine is a digital 'mini' Time for Kids

Guided Reading/Lexile Conversion Table Where English Teachers Meet: 

ShapePoems  is a great way to have kids visualize what they're writing about. They can pick from several different visuals to write about and then complete the writing process through the site or on their own. 

National Gallery of Writing . You and your students are still welcome to submit pieces to the SRVUSD Gallery on this website.

Check out the International Reading Association website for book lists, lesson plans, interviews on IRA Radio and the latest literacy research.