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Making sure teachers follow the scripted literacy lessons

Kudos to Conny Jensen for making this information available to parents.

by Conny Jensen

Dear Parents,

Administrators spring visits on schools to make sure teachers follow the scripted literacy lessons. I already knew this but the message from a teacher to Don Perl confirms it.
In 2006 when I called a Houghton Mifflin representative about the reading block she was actually surprised to hear that kids in Greeley schools are subjected to 90 minutes straight, especially in kindergarten! She could see how this could negatively affect a young child's interest in reading!

Training for teachers was included with the Houghton Mifflin purchase agreement, but District Six administrators wanted more of the so-called "walk-throughs" by literacy coaches to make sure teachers followed the lessons to the letter. For almost one million dollars Jennifer Ashlock provided teachers extra training on how to stick to the script. Ashlock sells the license to use templates for $195.00 per classroom. Three days of "rigorous professional development" was $695.00 per teacher. See Ashlock Consulting Inc Flyer.

* See an example.:

The cost per participant includes: three days of rigorous professional
development, participant packet materials, refreshment breaks, and lunches.

Sincerely,

— Conny Jensen
Coalition for Better Education
2008-04-16


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