Gretchen Everhart School
2750 Mission Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32304
Perspectives on Literacy
Literacy Initiative with Dr. Karen Erickson
We welcomed Dr. Karen Erickson, nationally known consultant and Director of the Center for Literacy and Disabilities Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to our school for the latest series of workshops with staff and parents on March 6th and 7th, regarding the development of literacy abilities for all of our students. Dr. Erickson has already met several other times with staff and parents during the school year ( January 2nd and October 13. The following pictures were taken during her latest visit.
For more information:
Literacy Discussion Web - You may want to also check out this discussion web, established for teachers and Dr. Erickson to exchange ideas throughout the school year. (Note: Parents are welcome/encouraged to read the various discussions and related documents developed during this school year, but active participation needs to be limited to teachers.)
Read about the Six (6) Conditions of Learning outlined by Dr. Erickson.
You may also want to checkout our 2005-06 School Improvement Plan, which addresses elements of the literacy initiative and our partnership with Dr. Erickson.
We welcome Dr. Karen Erickson to our school for a long-term partnership to help us develop literacy abilities for all of our students.
When Dr. Erickson spoke to the parents and staff at our school, she outlined six conditions for learning (thanking David Koppenhaver, Ph.D., Appalachian State University for his assistance and support in this effort):
Learners require a more knowledgeable other working with them to learn new skills and develop new understandings.
Means of Communication/Interaction
Communication at any level, intentional or not, must be encouraged.
Repetition with Variety
To learn a new skill and generalize it across contexts, instruction must provide repetition of the skill in a variety of ways.
Learning requires that the learner be engaged cognitively in the learning process - participation alone is insufficient.
Learners must know why they are doing what they are asked to do and what it will help them accomplish. Teachers must know what it is they are asking learners to do and why.
Personal Connection with the Curriculum
Learners must find enough of themselves in the curriculum that they can relate the known to the new.
For more information about this, visit:
The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
On the Web at: www.med.unc.edu/ahs/clds (opens in new window)
Page updated: 05/01/2006
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