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Welcome to PCL Center of Wisconsin serving school districts across the state of Wisconsin.

Elevating Educators' Knowledge of Evidence-Based Literacy Practices to Develop Deep Comprehension.  Summer Institute 202...
05/06/2024

Elevating Educators' Knowledge of Evidence-Based Literacy Practices to Develop Deep Comprehension.

Summer Institute 2024.

Registration Deadline of May 15th is approaching fast! For more information and to register, visit www.soffosliteracy.com.

06/26/2023

ACTION NEEDED AGAIN TODAY by everyone in the network! Please get in touch with your teachers as well.

The Senate Education Committee will vote on the bill tomorrow. We know that reading is a complex process, and this bill mandates a single, simple approach, going against what science tells us. I can't express enough how this bill could possibly make it illegal for us to ask a student if a word makes sense or sounds right. Single, simple solutions to complex problems don't work. I have searched the bill, and no where in the language is the word 'responsive.' The subtitle of are intervention model is Nurturing Self-Regulated Learners Through Responsive Teaching. This bill could be devastating to our students, our teachers and coaches, and our model in the state. Most likely, all of our interventions would be gone.

Also, the bill is mandating LETRS training. There is only one research study, that qualified to be included in the WWC, as to the efficacy of that training with second grade teachers, and it did not increase student achievement. You should know that the company behind LETRS has been lobbying at the state level for over two years.

When you call, you might say any or all of the following:
*You are opposed to SB329.
*It mandates a single, simple solution to a complex problem.
*It ignores the many sciences of reading.
*Reading is a meaning-making process that goes far beyond the phonics-only approach in the bill.
*It mandates training that has no evidence that it increases reading outcomes.
*It removes teacher decision-making through policy.
*It misreads the National Reading Panel Report the bill references.
Or reach out to me if you need more.

Below is a copy of an email the Wisconsin State Reading Association sent this morning. It contains accurate and helpful information for you.

Brian
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Dear WSRA members,
It is critical that you contact your state senator daily to educate them on the harm Senate Bill 329 (SB329) will have on Wisconsin children. The Senate Education Committee will vote on the bill, with the amendments listed below, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. The full senate will probably vote a day or two later. Legislators need accurate information that dispels the myths circulating in the media.

On Wednesday afternoon June 21, 2023, the full assembly passed Assembly Bill 321 (AB321) with the amendments included below:
*Retention in the subject of reading, rather than in 3rd grade as a whole.
*ALL schools in the state prohibited from using 3 cueing.
*Schools must adopt a recommended curriculum from a list provided by DPI in order to be eligible for reimbursement grants for purchasing costs.
*Mandatory LETRS training from Voyager Sopris to Lexia Learning Systems, LLC. for all k-2 teachers, principals, reading teachers, reading coaches, UW faculty, etc. by July 2025

Here are pertinent facts regarding this bill:
*DPI worked collaboratively in an opaque process with the Assembly and Senate Education Committees, most specifically with Representative Kitchens (author of the bill) as stated by Rep. Kitchens’ testimony to develop this bill
*State Superintendent Jill Underly’s Reading Advisory Council was not consulted nor informed of this legislation nor were other major professional organizations such as WEAC, the Wisconsin State Reading Association, Professors of Literacy, and administrative groups.
*This bill foregrounds phonics as the solution to Wisconsin’s literacy issues without establishing root causes, an unscientific assumption.
*DPI and Representative Kitchens foregrounded phonics by awarding the Lexia Company (LETRS) the monetary prize for mandated training for all teachers, despite their level of expertise or their passing of the FoRT.
*Contradictory mandates not supported by science are part of this legislation making it more difficult for some of our students to become skilled readers.
*The National Reading Panel Report (2000) is the bill’s go-to reference for research supporting basic programs in the preparation of elementary education teachers. This report contradicts the foregrounding of phonics for early readers in this legislation.
*The National Reading Panel Report informs educators of the importance of “the flexible use of strategies for recognizing words in print…Strategies readers can use to discover meaning from print and to monitor their own comprehension.” (NRP Section 5,).
*The National Reading Panel Report states that phonics, grammar, and meaning are all important aspects of identifying words in print; but they are outlawed in this bill by being referred as 3-cueing. NRP Section 5.
*The National Reading Panel Report states “Reading means not only recognizing words and knowing their meanings, but also understanding how they fit into a context of grammatical structure.” This is outlawed in this bill!! NRP Appendix A
*The National Reading Panel Report states “When unfamiliar words are read in text, students may apply decoding skills, or they may combine grapheme-phoneme cues with meaning cues to derive the word (Tunmer & Chapman, 1998).” Outlawed in this bill!!! NRP 2-32
*The National Reading Panel Report states that “Phonics should not become the dominant component in a reading program, neither in the amount of time devoted to it nor in the significance attached…By emphasizing all of the processes that contribute to growth in reading, teachers will have the best chance of making every child a reader.” Outlawed in this bill!!! NRP 2-136
*The National Reading Panel Report states that “Learning about letter-sound associations helps beginners break the code in learning to read. However, the English writing system has other higher level, word-based regularities as well, so, although phonics instruction contributes, it is not the complete solution to word identification that it is in other written languages that are more fully phonemic (e.g., Spanish).” NRP 2-100

Robust scientific studies show privileging phonics does not improve student achievement:
*Reading First Grant Impact Study (2008) found that spending 6 billion dollars through the Reading First Grant mandating a heavy emphasis on phonics and a skills-based approach did not improve students’ reading achievement.
*The 2022 study (Wyse &Bradbury)in England found no increase in student achievement after ten years spent privileging phonics instruction.

Ideology and for-profit companies, not science and a commitment to responsive teaching of our diverse children, appear to be the drivers of SB-329. Contact your state senator TODAY!

Thank you,
Wisconsin State Reading Association

06/23/2023

A few days ago, I saw something that stayed in my head (which usually means I’ll eventually be compelled to put it in writing). I was leaving Ala Wai Harbor when a child about 8 years old ran frantically past me, almost knocking me down. She was holding a large fish in her hands as she ran. She se...

Have you seen the incredible Keynote Addresses for the CLM Summer Institute this year?  There are also 10 different brea...
03/29/2023

Have you seen the incredible Keynote Addresses for the CLM Summer Institute this year? There are also 10 different breakout sessions with top-notch speakers. Get together with colleagues for two great days of virtual learning on June 22 and 23. More information and registration at www.soffosliteracy.com

Why is talk important in the classroom?  Because the person doing the talking is doing the thinking!  On Monday morning,...
03/29/2023

Why is talk important in the classroom? Because the person doing the talking is doing the thinking! On Monday morning, teachers at St. Francis Xavier Middle School in Appleton used collaborative learning strategies to learn more about the importance of talk and how to support students with talk moves. Brian Reindl was the presenter. Xavier Middle School is affiliated with the PCL Center of Wisconsin.

This February Lake Mills School District secondary teachers used professional development time to collaborate in content...
02/22/2023

This February Lake Mills School District secondary teachers used professional development time to collaborate in content teams.

The task? Authentic conversations around literacy and defining what a desired state of literacy looks like for their subject area and context.

Teachers put all their learning about content literacy to work as they made a plan of action for second semester.

When districts have a shared goal around literacy it opens up the possibility to have meaningful conversations which lead to work that both vertically and horizontally aligns growth in and across subject areas.

It was a rich day of learning, collaboration, and planning.

Look who is providing the opening keynote on both days of the PCL Summer Institute June 22 and 23.  It is beloved speake...
02/20/2023

Look who is providing the opening keynote on both days of the PCL Summer Institute June 22 and 23. It is beloved speaker and author Lester Laminack. Go to www.soffosliteracy.com to learn more and register.

Last Thursday Marshall School District wowed with a fabulous day celebrating their growth as a district at our Fall Netw...
10/22/2022

Last Thursday Marshall School District wowed with a fabulous day celebrating their growth as a district at our Fall Network of Literacy Administrators event. Only a part of our PCL Wisconsin family since 2019, they already have so much impressive student growth to crow about ( )

Marshall has aligned their entire district to the 10 features for systems growth in literacy and learning.

Ten districts were in attendance. It was great to see so many people in person--finally! Attendees were able to see the work in action by completing observations in lower and upper elementary classrooms or secondary math and biology. What a launch to our learning season.

Nekoosa Elementary dug in this summer creating rich learning in their units of study with Michelle Amend and Coach Jacki...
10/04/2022

Nekoosa Elementary dug in this summer creating rich learning in their units of study with Michelle Amend and Coach Jackie Heinz. Some pictures are captured below.

09/30/2022
This August school coaches, leaders and model classroom teachers joined together at Marshall Public Schools with instruc...
09/09/2022

This August school coaches, leaders and model classroom teachers joined together at Marshall Public Schools with instructional and literary consultant Dawn Stiegert to engage in model classroom training. Beecher-Dunbar Pembine Schools, Marshall Public Schools and School District of Nekoosa all participated in this important day of planning, learning and alignment.

Nekoosa launched a powerful start to their secondary work this year.  Teachers engaged in learning about Gradual Release...
09/06/2022

Nekoosa launched a powerful start to their secondary work this year. Teachers engaged in learning about Gradual Release of Responsibility, Text Complexity and levels of learner control. See educator teams collaborating below to integrate what they learned into September lesson planning.

August was a productive blur. I will post a few highlights in the coming weeks.Literacy Coach Katie Hoffman and Secondar...
09/02/2022

August was a productive blur. I will post a few highlights in the coming weeks.

Literacy Coach Katie Hoffman and Secondary Literacy and and Instructional Consultant Caitlin Etten spent August 18th building year long learning spirals for Lake Mills Secondary Schools. The focus? Disciplinary Literacy (reading and writing)!

08/15/2022
Everyone at the Wisconsin PCL Satellite Center is gearing up for August Professional Development.  Our director,  Brian ...
08/13/2022

Everyone at the Wisconsin PCL Satellite Center is gearing up for August Professional Development. Our director, Brian Reindl, and our consultants Dawn Stiegert, Michelle Amend and Caitlin Etten have been meeting regularly in this whirlwind. We are lucky to have a larger team this year, and we can't wait to support your growth in literacy, theory and the model!

03/28/2022

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