The Summer Institute for Literacy Leadership (SILL) is an innovative initiative that integrates coursework and practicum experiences designed to support the development of structured literacy practices that are critical for addressing weaknesses in reading.
As developing a teacher evaluation system becomes a mandate at the state level, administrators who are also conscientious educators strive to comply. It is, however, proving to be quite a challenge for them. I’m a literacy consultant and, for the past three years, I have been working in a district that just became a recipient of its state’s Race to the Top funds. District administrators are getting ready for the next school year by reviewing the teacher evaluation system designed by their state, which provides both formative and summative information on teacher performance.
Thanks to years of research, advocacy and all of your hard work, it seems that everyone is getting the message that our children need to be reading by the end of third grade.