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Professional Learning Communities Facilitator's Guide for the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade

The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast developed a Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitators Guide to support educators in the implementation of recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse's Practice Guide Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade. The practice guide focuses on the foundational reading skills that enable students to read words, relate those words to their oral language, and read connected text with sufficient accuracy and fluency to understand what they read. The practice guide, developed by a panel of experts comprised of researchers and practitioners, presents four recommendations that educators can use to improve literacy skills in the early grades.

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a form of professional development in which small groups of educators with shared interests work together with the goals of expanding their knowledge and improving their craft. REL Southeast developed PLC materials focused on the practice guide that were designed to assist a literacy leader in guiding a professional learning community in applying the recommendations from the practice guide. The materials include a facilitator's guide, participant activities, and videos. The facilitator's guide includes a framework for facilitators to conduct each of the ten PLC sessions. It also includes participant activities, discussion questions, small- and whole-group activities, and implementation and reflection activities. The participant's activities include reflection questions, lesson plan examples and templates, video-viewing guides, and sharing opportunities. The videos illustrate practices presented in the foundational reading skills practice guide.

Facilitator's Guide and Handouts

PDF File View, download, and print the full facilitator's guide as a PDF file (1.8 MB)
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Video Title Link To YouTube
Video 1: Inferential Language, Read Aloud & Discussion YouTube
Video 2: Inferential Language, Read Aloud & Discussion YouTube
Video 3: Narrative Language, Connectives YouTube
Video 4: Narrative Language, Prediction YouTube
Video 5: Narrative Language, Retell YouTube
Video 6: Narrative Language, Main Idea YouTube
Video 7: Narrative Language, Cause & Effect YouTube
Video 8: Morphology YouTube
Video 9: Academic Vocabulary in Text YouTube
Video 10: Sentence Segmentation YouTube
Video 11: Compound Words YouTube
Video 12: Syllables YouTube
Video 13: Rhyme YouTube
Video 14: Onset & Rime YouTube
Video 15: Phonemes Linked to Letters YouTube
Video 16: Phonemes YouTube
Video 17: Letter–Sounds YouTube
Video 18: Word-Building YouTube
Video 19: Letter–Sound to Phonemic Awareness Link: CVCe YouTube
Video 20: Advanced Word-Building YouTube
Video 21: Blending by Chunking; Blending by Sounding Out YouTube
Video 22: Building Words with Sound Boxes YouTube
Video 23: Vowel Pattern Word Sort YouTube
Video 24: Base Word, Prefix, Suffix YouTube
Video 25: Syllable Sort YouTube
Video 26: Contractions YouTube
Video 27 Derivational Suffix YouTube
Video 28: Word Analysis Strategy YouTube
Video 29: Decodable Words in Isolation and in Text YouTube
Video 30: High-Frequency Words YouTube
Video 31: Non-Decodable Words YouTube
Video 32: Word Reading Strategies YouTube
Video 33: The Fix It Game YouTube
Video 34: Repeated Reading YouTube
Video 35: Partner Reading YouTube
Video 36: Choral Reading YouTube
Video 37: Echo Reading YouTube
Video 38: Alternated Reading YouTube