Sweetwater County School District #1 Literacy Program Description
Early Literacy Plan
School districts are required to implement a reading screening program that includes a reading assessment plan for kindergarten through third grade. WY-TOPP assessment data is used to determine if schools are meeting 85% proficiency. Schools not meeting proficiency are required to submit an Intervention Plan to be included in the School’s Improvement Plan. All students in grades K-3 who do not score proficient in reading in the fall are placed on either and Individualized Reading Plan (IRP) or a Group Reading Plan (GRP) and must receive supplemental/intervention reading instruction. A student's IRP will be submitted into the Student Information System (SIS) so all staff can see the plan and help with increasing reading achievement.
SCSD#1 ELA Curriculum and Resources
Click on ELA Curriculum Map to see the standards, benchmarks and targets. It is currently under review and a draft map is out for comment.
- Reading Horizons Discovery Program is a foundational reading program that can help all students reach proficiency by the end of third grade. Reading Horizons Elevate is a program that helps adult readers be strong, fluent and successful readers.
- Newsela is an instructional content tool that allows teachers to find articles with appropriate reading levels for their students. Teachers can choose appropriate level of text to accommodate staff to teach the standards.
K-5 ELA Resource
ReadyGEN was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to be used to teach ELA curriculum in grades K-5.
ReadyGEN is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for all students using authentic text to support English Language Arts/English Learner instruction. Overall progression of text complexity within and across grades facilitates students’ learning of academic vocabulary, close reading, foundational skills, and further deepens content knowledge and comprehension.
ReadyGEN is structured as both an online and print resource. The online component includes all student and teacher materials, assessments, and flexible class data management tools. Online digital access to every text will engage students, maximizing their learning experiences in reading, writing, and language development. By selecting a print/online core resource K-5, students within the district will have access to an aligned resources for multiple years.
6-12 ELA Resource
SpringBoard was adopted by the district in the spring of 2017 as the primary resource to teach ELA in grades 6-12.
SpringBoard is built on the foundational principles of embedded assessments that are back-mapped from advanced placement courses and college/career readiness. SpringBoard uses compelling themes and multiple genres of text including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, as well as multiple modes to develop essential thinking skills preparing students for high school and beyond. Students will analyze text, collect evidence, think critically as well as cultivate real-world writing skills. SpringBoard tracks student learning while fostering strong study habits and cultivating indispensable organizational skills.
SpringBoard is structured as both an online and print resource that can be used to differentiate class assignments based on Lexile levels and/or student needs. Included in the resource is free access to ZINC, which is a database of informational text that is engaging, applicable, current, and is aligned to both themes and texts cultivating 21st Century Skills.
Ongoing Literacy Professional Development
Horizons Reading Program Professional Development
Staff participate in ongoing professional development to support student literacy in Sweetwater#1. Trainings include Horizons Discovery (K-3) and Horizons Elevate (4-12). Reading Horizons Discovery is a foundational reading program that will help all students read proficiently at the end of third grade. Horizons Elevate is an adult reading program that gives adult readers the best chance of being a strong, fluent and successful reader.
Dedicated Reading Consultant
A turn-around school reading specialist Trista Stamness started reading professional development during the summer of 2021. The ongoing training has continued for the past year and will continue throughout the upcoming school year. Trista's sessions are the most requested and are well attended. Offerings include: Understanding Text Complexity and Critical Strategies for Key stages of Reading, Building Reading Culture, Informational Reading, Building Student Scholars and Becoming a Reading Experts. Trista follows up with teachers by doing model teaching in their classrooms, she engages in classroom coaching and gives feedback to principals/schools.
English Language Arts Training
Secondary teachers were involved in a training that taught research-based reading strategies and how to implement them with students in the classroom. Teachers were given planning time to collaborate and implement strategies into lesson plans.
Upcoming professional development will focus on identifying struggling readers and strategies teachers can use to bridge gaps. The district is piloting reading intervention programs prior to going through a resource adoption.
Dedicated PLC Time
All teams have dedicated weekly PLC time and extended PLC time on working Fridays. PLC time is valuable collaboration time for our teachers in Sweetwater #1.
Young Authors Program
Please click here to get more information about the Young Authors Program in Sweetwater County.
Young Author Program
Young Authors Program supports literacy in Sweetwater#1. The students have the opportunity to participate at the district, county and state level. Please click here to get more information about the Young Authors Program in Sweetwater County.