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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation
PROJECT HIGHLIGHT: SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY LEADERSHIP
The Summer Institute for Literacy Leadership (SILL) is an innovative initiative that integrates coursework and practicum experiences designed to support the development of structured literacy practices that are critical for addressing weaknesses in reading. Presented in partnership by HILL for Literacy, Crafting Minds, and The Grimes Reading Institute, SILL was sponsored by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and hosted by the Somerville Public School District during Summer 2019.
For SILL, the work we normally deliver throughout the school year was adapted to a condensed, intensive setting that trained 20 teachers across 4 districts. With coaching from our institute staff, they taught 33 students in grades 1-5 over a 4-week period which resulted in impressive gains in reading skills in such a short time.
The Cherry On Top
What Teachers Are Saying About SILL
I’m so thankful for the opportunity to be chosen to work in the SILL Program. Over the summer I was able to apply a new approach to teach reading with the help of coaches and co-teachers spanning several domains (SLP, Sped, Reading Specialists) and get immediate feedback and support to best meet the needs of my students. I was always concerned teaching over the summer would drain me, but in truth, teaching in this summer program gave me the energy, motivation, and direction to start the school year with my new group of students.
Will the Summer Institute for Literacy Leadership (SILL) be offered again this year? Will it be opened to more districts other than those who participated last summer?
It seems like an excellent program that improved the skills of many students.
If it is going to be offered again can teachers from other districts apply? if not, will there other summer institutes similar to this one being offered in the Boston area?
We’re currently exploring next steps to potentially run the program again. Right now, we’re collecting information from anyone who’s interested and will reach out when we have more details. If you’d like to be added to the list, please email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much!
I would like some information regarding your summer program.