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This website was designed to provide news, information, and resources to the participants of the NY Reads pilot. Our pilot is now complete. 
We thank all the districts for participating. Happy Reading!!

Final Thoughts and Reflections (Update)

posted May 18, 2015, 10:06 AM by Susannah Moran   [ updated Jun 18, 2015, 6:30 AM ]

UPDATE: File this under "Crazier things have happened." More than a month after our webinar, the recording showed up.  Here is the link!

Due to an unexpected technical error in the webinar last week we weren’t able to get the recording. 

For those of you who turnkey each webinar, a copy of the slides is attached. If you would like to discuss or review the content of any of the presentation, contact Susannah to set up a time to talk. In addition, you can find the Infographic and related support data from the webinar.

In addition, we lost all the wonderful comments and share-outs.  The following questions were prompts during the presentation. We are asking each participant to resend their responses:

  • Which features of myON do you find the most beneficial for your students? 
  • What do you need to make myON successful moving forward?
  • What were the biggest challenges your district had implementing this pilot?
  • What were your biggest successes?   

Thank you to all who participate throughout this pilot.

Wednesday Webinar for May

posted May 12, 2015, 10:31 AM by Susannah Moran

Just a reminder that our final NY Reads webinar is scheduled for tomorrow, May 13 from 3:30 - 4:30. (We don’t expect it to run the full hour. )

The topic is: Final Thoughts and Reflections
This will be our pilot wrap-up. Each participant will share-out successes and challenges of the pilot. 
Please be sure to have at least one representative so that we can have a share out from each participating district. If possible, try to have at least one representative from each building.

To join the session, use this link:

Making Connections: Families and Communities

posted Apr 16, 2015, 9:32 AM by Susannah Moran

This month we focused on various ways to promote family engagement and community involvement. 
If you missed the webinar, want to share it with your team, or just want to review some of the aspects we discussed, you can check out the recording.

In this webinar we discussed the impact of family engagement. Research shows that parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education. Although parental involvement has the greatest effect in the early years, its importance to children’s educational and literacy outcomes continues into the teenage and even adult years

If you want to learn more about how family engagement and its impact on student's literacy, review the articles attached to this post:
  • Why It Is Important To Involve Parents In their Children's Literacy Development - Research Summary by Cristina Clark from National Literacy Trust, 2007
  • Making Time for Reading: Factors That Influence the Success of Multimedia Reading in the Home - by Grace Oakley & Jenny Jay from The Reading Teacher Vol 62, Issue 3, 2008
  • Seven Rules of Engagement: What's Most Important to Know About Motivation to Read by Linda B Gambrell from The Reading Teacher Vol 65, Issue 3, 2011
In addition, here are some helpful links from the webinar:

Wednesday Webinar for April

posted Apr 13, 2015, 2:24 PM by Susannah Moran

Just a reminder that our next webinar is scheduled for this Wednesday:

April 15, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Making Connections: Families and Communities (Webinar Information)

We will discuss various ways to promote family engagement and community involvement. We will examine the tools in myON and the PD portal to promote at-home use. We will focus on the following topics:
  • Current research that support the value of family engagement as connected to the reading success of learners
  • Best practices to promote family engagement
  • Success stories of community involvement and its impact on readers
Plus Q&A: to answer your most pressing questions and concerns.

Matching Readers to Text

posted Mar 16, 2015, 10:26 AM by Susannah Moran

This month's webinar focused on using The Lexile® Framework for Reading to match text and readers, as well as how Lexile® scores are used in myON. If you missed the webinar, want to share it with your team, or just want to review some of the aspects we discussed, you can check out the recording.

The Lexile® Framework is a scientific approach to reading measurement that matches readers to text. As such, it m
easures both reader ability and text difficulty on the same scale.  Using this system of measurement we can quickly calibrates the difficulty of most any textual material with a high degree of accuracy.

The Lexile measure of a book is an excellent starting point for a student’s book selection. However, the book’s Lexile measure should not be the only factor in a student’s book selection process.

If you want to learn more about Lexile® scores and how to use them to support your students, we have included two articles with this post:
  • Not So Common: Comparing Lexile® Measures With the  Standards’ Other Text Complexity Tools is a publication by Metametrics to explain how the Lexile® Framework compares with other text complexity tools.
  • Beyond the Classroom was published in the ALA magazine "Knowledge Quest"

Wednesday Webinar for March

posted Mar 9, 2015, 12:05 PM by Susannah Moran

Just a reminder that our next webinar is scheduled for this Wednesday:
  
March 11, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Matching Readers to Text (Webinar Information)

We will take a deeper look at The Lexile® Framework for Reading and how Lexile® scores are used in myON. We will focus on the following topics: 
  • What are the Lexile® assessments in myON
  • What the scores mean
  • How can educators use Lexile® information to promote reading proficiency
  • Creating and assigning book sets using Lexile®
Plus Q&A: to answer your most pressing questions and concerns.

myON and Engage NY

posted Feb 12, 2015, 6:39 AM by Susannah Moran


We had quite the turnout for yesterday's webinar - it seems everyone wants to know more about how to align myON to the Engage NY curriculum, content, and Common Core Standards. If you missed the webinar, want to share it with your team, or just want to review some of the aspects we discussed, you can check out the recording.

January was another record month for reading, with students across the pilot reading a record 23,538 books in a single month! Some schools/districts that have taken a little longer to get rolling with myON really showed us how great they are doing, so good job everyone.

This month's webinar looked very closely at how to align myON to specific curriculum and standards. We began by looking at the Engage NY curriculum, but the focus was on process over product: The steps we took to find myON texts to support the Engage NY curriculum can be used to support any curriculum or content objectives. You can download the sample alignments (for grades 3-8) at the end of this post to see how this works.  

In addition, we looked at sample strategies from the Engage NY site and how they can be used to address key aspects of the Common Core Standards:
  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.
  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational.
  • Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language.

Wednesday Webinar for February

posted Feb 9, 2015, 9:25 AM by Susannah Moran

Just a reminder that our next webinar is scheduled for this coming Wednesday:
February 11, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
myON and Engage NY (Webinar Information)

We will ask participants to closely examine how they use myON to effectively meet Common Core State Standards and their curriculum objectives, while engaging learners and fostering a love of reading. 

Using resources and curriculum from the Engage NY website, we will focus on the following topics: 
  • Aligning text to content modules
  • Using tools in myON to address key Common Core Standards
  • Best practices in reading in the content areas
  • Assessments and myON
  • Using myON to improve Data driven instruction
Plus Q&A to answer your most pressing questions and concerns.

Guided Highlighted Reading

posted Jan 20, 2015, 8:39 AM by Susannah Moran

Sorry for the delay in posting this recording. There were technical issues to fix.  Here is the recording to January 14th's webinar. If you missed the webinar, want to share it with your team, or just want to review some of the aspects we discussed, you can check out the recording.

November and December were huge reading months for myON. Students across the districts are reading more and spending more time reading than at any other time in this pilot. Let's all work together to keep up the momentum!
 
Just a reminder, in this phase of the pilot we are moving away from the technical "how to" of myON and digging much deeper into the pedagogy and implementation.  Many districts are encouraging their literacy team to participate in the webinars and/or watch the recordings after the fact.

This month's webinar is an extension of the text strategies we began to look at in December. The focus here is on a single type of text strategy that is extremely well suited for using our literacy toolkit and is easily utilized both in literacy instruction and in content curriculum.  

The strategy is based on the book Guided Highlighted Reading: A Close-reading Strategy for Navigating Complex Text by Barbara A Nelson, Cynthia Schofield, and Elaine M Weber.  [available as Book  or eBook]

Wednesday Webinar for January

posted Jan 9, 2015, 10:16 AM by Susannah Moran

Happy New Year! It's time to make your myON resolution, starting with our first webinar of 2015!

This month we will be taking a close look at how to use the Literacy Tools to develop a guided highlighted reading lesson. We are scheduled for Wednesday, January 14th from 3:30 - 4:30. You can find the link to join the webinar below: 

Guided Highlighting

Participants will experience a sample lesson from the student perspective as an overview and then discuss the philosophy of guided highlighted reading as an effective strategy, including: 
  • Best practices of guided highlighting 
  • Review elements of a successful guided highlighted reading lesson 
  • Using prompts to build competency 
  • Close reading in content areas 
Plus Q&A to answer your most pressing questions and concerns.

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