Parent Teacher Magazine Union County Public Schools Sept/Oct 2017 - Page 16

UCPS staff collaborates to navigate its way through literacy Three hundred Union County Public Schools (UCPS) principals, assistant principals and curriculum staff flooded Cuthbertson High School for the Summer Instructional Leadership Institute, the school district’s annual three-day professional development conference. Building on the district-wide focus on literacy, the administrators and staff walked away from the conference on June 22 with a literacy plan to help students at all levels and with varying abilities at their schools become successful. Kicking off the conference on June 20, UCPS Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan referred to literacy as a “gateway” and emphasized research that shows students who are not reading at or above grade level by the third grade are much more likely to drop out of school. “So here’s our goal: by 2020, we want 90 percent of our third-graders reading at or above grade level. But third-grade reading is not a third-grade issue,” he said, also encouraging staff at the middle and high schools to consider how they support their feeder schools. “Literacy is a K-12 challenge. It’s not just an elementary school challenge.” Building on the district-wide focus on literacy, the administrators and staff Dr. Houlihan also discussed UCPS’ purpose and walked away from the Summer Instructional Leadership Institute with a literacy focus during the upcoming year, which includes an plan to help students at all levels and with varying abilities at their schools become successful. increased focus on data, relationships and forward- thinking as well as ensuring that staff at the elementary, middle and high schools collaborate and work together to reach the school district’s goals. Major points of emphasis for 2017-18, he added, HOPE MERCHANTS incl ՑѥեѼ́ѡɕمѕɅ)٥ѕ́ԁѼ)Ʌݽɬɕȁɕ)Ʌѕ́ɽ٥ѡݕеəɵ)̸͍)Mɑ́х5 ɑѽȁ ȁѥ)ݡх՝Ёݽɭ͡ѡ5ȁ5ٕаͅ)́͡ѕɅ䁅ЁѡɕɽЁٕѡ̸͡)Qɽ՝مѥٔ́5̃L)͕ѥȁѕȁݡɔՑ́ɔ)ݕѼɕєٕЁɸ́͡Ѽ)ѕ䰁ɕѥٔѡѕɅɔ+q1Ʌɥ́ɔLѡeɔȁե) ɱє])́ݡɔԁ䁍Ѽɕ-)])=ѽ(ఀ)U AOd͔́ɥѡ)Mͽ͡)=չѥ)ɸѡɽ՝̵ѥ٥ѥ̰ͼ䁩́Ѽ()(())啅ȁՑ́ɥѡЁх)ѕͭ́䁅ͭՕѥ)ɅєݽɬѽѡȁѼɕѡ)]ɔIɔ)輽ɱє)ɅѡՑ́Ѽɔɕ͕ɍt)͍ɥӊḛ́ݡՑ) ɑAɬ)ɕ͕́фɕѥ́͡)͡ͅѡЁ́͡ѡٕ)Uѽݸ ɱє)ѥՕ́Ѽɽ܁U ALqMѽɥ́ѕɅɔɔ݅ɐѡ́ɕمѕɅ)Ʌݽɬɕ)͕́ɥɐȁѥ٥ѥ̸]eɔɥ)A͔хЁQ ͉)ɕ́Ʌѕ́ɽ٥ѡ))ɔȁѼє)ѡ́ѡɅѼt)ݕеəɵ̸͍(̴)]Ѡɔѡݽɭ́͡ɕѕѼѕɅ)ܹ!5ɍ̹1)مMIхͥхЁAɥAɥeѕȁ݅́͡ͅ፥ѕѼ))ѡݕɹɔЁ܁ѼЁͽѡɕѥٔ́Ёȁ͍ɥ)ѡ͍啅ȸ+qIЁܰݔٔչѼɅєݽɬѽѡȁѽ݅ɐ)t͡ͅqɥѡ͍啅Ȱݗeɔͼ丁Q͕ٕ́́ѡȁ́ͼݔ)Ʌєѽѡȁ́ɽ̻ͥt+QQ́ѥ݅́ɽ٥ѡU չAՉḾ չѥ́=(ЃMн=Ѐ܃AɕЁQȁ5饹