THE SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA
Middle School Reading Coaches Meeting
September 28, 2010 8:30am - 3:00pm
Rock Island Professional Development Center – room 702
Facilitated by Terri Coyle, Secondary Reading Curriculum Specialist.
Schools Present: see attendance roster
Schools Absent: see attendance roster
The meeting began at 8:30am with Welcome and Introductions:
Coaches were welcomed to the 2010 – 2011 school year, and the Secondary Reading Department team
members were introduced. Terri Coyle then shared a slide show from her recent high school reunion.
The theme was: Even the best laid plans do not always turn out the way we planned. In the ‘New
Normal’, reading coaches have to ebb and flow like the ocean. The way things used to be is not the
way things may be now, and we need to keep our focus on the students. We must be flexible and help
each other. Together we can make it work. Which lead to our essential question:
How do we lead our students from where they are to where we need them to be?
What’s New in Middle School Reading 2010 - 2011 – Terri Coyle
Terri Coyle reviewed the Middle School reading curriculum: Wilson Reading, Read XL with
REWARDS, Read XL, Read XL Plus, and Developmental Reading. The conversation continued with
explanation about how novel study works in middle school. Teachers should create novel unit plans,
daily lesson plans, and IFCs for any novel used in Developmental Reading. These novel units should
include geography mini-lessons, vocabulary and word wall activities, FCAT 2.0 benchmarks and
questions/activities, and include informational text connections. Rigor and density should be evident
in all unit plans, and appropriate novels should be chosen and pre-read before reading them with/to the
students. The new novel study units posted to BEEP follow these guidelines.
FCAT 2.0 Questioning and BEEP: Read XL and Novel Study – Linda Kal Sander (Pompano Bch MS)
Linda Kal Sander presented the Middle School BEEP resources: Read XL unit and lesson plans, as
well as the updated IFCs for Read XL and Jr. Great Books. She also showed the reading coaches how
to access the new Developmental Reading Novel Study unit plans, lesson plans, and IFCs in BEEP.
We reviewed a sample student packet for several of the new novel units up in BEEP, and we discussed
the reading coaches role in preparing the novel study unit materials for their teachers back at their
Linda then went on to present FCAT 2.0 Item Specs and Question Writing. She shared some tips on
what to look for when creating higher order questions, what the questions look like on the new IFCs,
how these new questions now contain the reporting category and level of complexity information, and
how teachers can use this information to help guide instruction and professional development. She
tied all this in to how the new FCAT 2.0 will look this school year, and how the reading coaches can
help their teachers prepare, using our reading curriculum materials.
Core Curriculum – Secondary Reading 1 8/14/11
Wilson Reading and Just Words in Middle School – Jane Guterman
Jane Guterman presented an overview of the Wilson Reading Program and discussed how the reading
coaches can support this program in their schools. She shared some important reminders, a look-fors
checklist, the components of an effective Wilson classroom, and how important it is to choose the
right teacher, as well as the importance of student placement.
CRISS in the Middle School Classroom – Gail Aronson
Gail Aronson presented the importance of CRISS and all learning strategies in the classroom. She also
stressed the importance of the follow up back at the school site. What is the expectation back at the
school? What should the administration and the reading coach expect when visiting that teacher’s
FAIR and PMRN in 2010 – Amy Duffey
Amy Duffey presented the FAIR Toolkit to our reading coaches. Not all of them are FAIR schools,
but they can all use the Toolkit. She walked them through what they have access to, and how to use
the materials effectively. Amy also discussed the results of last year’s FAIR, so that the conversation
could begin about how we can improve how students do on the FAIR assessments, in particular, the
MAZE portion of the FAIR. Amy asked the coaches to provide feedback to her at a later date. We
will revisit this at our October meeting. The PMRN was down due to FAIR testing, so we will
postpone that portion of our discussion until October as well.
11:30am – 12:15pm LUNCH
Reading Coach Round Table:
The Reading Coach and Time Management -Kawana Hibbert (McNicol MS)
The Reading Coach and Professional Development - Stephanie Amara (Olsen MS)
Hot Novels for Middle School - Lauren Brown (Ashe MS)
1:00pm – Reading Endorsement and CAR-PD for Middle School – Terri Coyle
(postponed until October due to lack of time)
Mini Assessments, BAT, and PMP in 2010 - Mark Quintana
Mark Quintana discussed the posting of the new minis, as well as the reposting of the previous minis
until all new minis are up and available to schools. This reposting was per principal request and
school need. The BAT data will be available to schools shortly. The PMPs were also discussed.
Welcome Address – Dr. Leontine J. Butler – Deputy Superintendent Curriculum
Diane Carr – Executive Director
Diane Carr began by welcoming the reading coaches to 2010-2011 and spoke to them about the
importance of their positions. Diane discussed the results of the first BAT administration: reading was
as expected, but math was not very good.
Core Curriculum – Secondary Reading 2 8/14/11
Dr. Butler welcomed the reading coaches and spoke to them about how she will advocate for them to
become teacher leaders in Florida. She asked for their support in making this happen as reading
coaches should be respected and valued in their schools. She went on to discuss issues that some
schools and coaches are having, and that we will work together to define the true role of the reading
coaches in Broward.
What’s New in ESOL and Multicultural - Vicky Saldala
Vicky Saldala shared proper placement of ELLs as well as information on new materials being sent to
the schools. She reviewed the criteria for DLA-ESOL course. Students must have a 90 minute block
for 180 days of DLA-ESOL. This is not to be confused with the core Language Arts course. Schools
cannot code the students to one period of DLA-ESOL and one period of Critical Thinking. They must
receive 2 periods of DLA-ESOL.
Vicky also shared that Radius Machines have been purchased for Middle Schools, not including
Charter or Centers. Schools will also receive Step by Step Writing Levels 1-3 for the DLA-ESOL
Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice Book Club - Terri Coyle
Homework: Read Introduction Unit pp ix – 38
Talking points for the October meeting were sent to all coaches via email.
3:00pm - Closing Remarks/Needs Assessments and Teacher Line Up - Terri Coyle
Teachers were asked to turn in their needs assessments and teacher line-up rosters to Terri Coyle. This
information will be used to determine agendas of future meetings and professional development
Next Middle School Reading Coaches Meeting:
Rock Island Professional Development Center - Room: 501
Secondary Reading Department
Terri Coyle, Peggy Livingston, Gail Aronson, Jane Guterman and Vivian Garcia
Amy Duffey, District FAIR Coordinator
K. C. Wright Building – 12th floor 754-321-1854
Dr. Leontine J. Butler, Deputy Superintendent
Diane Carr, Executive Director
Core Curriculum – Secondary Reading 3 8/14/11