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    Pennsylvania District Comprehensive

    Local Literacy Plan (CLLP)

    Aliquippa School District

    800 21st Street

    Aliquippa PA 15001

    Date: 2013-2014 revision

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    The lead writers would like to acknowledge the following for their support in writing the

    Aliquippa Comprehensive Literacy Plan:

    Mr. David Wytiaz - Superintendent

    Mr. Alvin Gipson Principal, Junior-Senior High School

    Dr. Pete Carbone Principal, Elementary

    Dr. Paula Calabrese Educational Consultant, OnHand Schools

    Mrs. Maria Paluselli Educational Consultant, OnHand Schools

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    Table of Contents

    Section I: Literacy Plan Team Members ..page 4

    Section II Mission and Vision Statements .... page 6

    Section III: Guiding Principles .... page 11

    Section IV: Needs Assessment Review .page 20

    Section V: Setting and Prioritizing Goals ..page 57

    Section VI: Dissemination of Plan ..page 68

    Section VII: Assessing and Reporting Progress ..page 69

    Appendix A: Literacy Needs Assessment ...page 71

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    Section I: Literacy Plan Team(revised May 2014)

    Name Title Agency Email Phone

    David Wytiaz Superintendent ASD dwytiaz@quipsd.org 724-857-7500

    x 1100

    Pete Carbone Principal

    Elementary School

    ASD pcarbone@quipsd.org 724-857-7550

    x 2001

    Dennis Drevna Asst. Principal

    Elementary School

    ASD ddrevna@quipsd.org 724-857-7550

    x 2002

    Alvin Gipson Principal JrSr High ASD agipson@quipsd.org 724-857-7515

    x 4003



    Asst. Principal JrSr


    ASD ldutkovich@quipsd.org


    x 4004

    Beth Smith Special Education


    ASD bsmith@quipsd.org 724-857-7515 x4028

    Debbie Frank K-12 Instructional


    Programs/ KtO

    ASD dfrank@quipsd.org 724-857-7550

    x 2331

    Grace Danylo K-12 Instructional


    ASD gdanylo@quipsd.org 724-857-7550

    x 2323

    Renee Bufalini KtO Resource


    ASD rbufalini@quipsd.org 724-857-7550

    x 2307



    Child Development

    and Education


    Private Industry

    Council Head

    Start of Beaver




    Stacy Culler Education Manager Private Industry

    Council Head

    Start of Beaver








    Engagement Manager

    Private Industry

    Council Head

    Start of Beaver




    Cindy Cherico 9-12 Language Arts ASD ccherico@quipsd.org


    x 4120

    Ellen Hermes 7-12 Guidance


    ASD ehermes@quipsd.org 724-857-7515

    x 4166

    Meena Hill Parent K-5th, 7



    Parent mhill@quipsd.org 724-908-0511


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    What needs to be


    Who is


    When will it be done Evidence of


    Assign a Project

    Director/Data Liaison

    Superintendent Sept 2012 Position filled Debbie


    Assign Resource Teacher

    team to work with Project

    Director; K-5 classroom



    Project Director

    June 7, 2012 Positions filled

    R. Bufalini

    A. McCullogh

    K. Pilotti

    P. Owen

    P. Swanson

    Assign CLLP Team




    Project Director

    Aug 28, 2012 See list of members

    Schedule meetings of

    CLLP Team


    Project Director

    Oct. 19, 2012 Carbone, Drevna &


    Submit completed

    Curriculum reading Map

    for grades K-12

    EdInsight Consultant

    Curriculum Map Team

    June 1 Aug 30, 2012 Submitted documents

    Conduct literacy needs

    survey students, parents,


    Project Director

    Oct- Dec, 2012 Send to buildings to


    Schedule CLLP meetings Project Director Nov 2012 Letters

    CLLP meetings Project Director Dec 27 & 28,


    Jan 8, 2013

    Jan 18

    Jan 24 & 25

    Feb 7, 2013

    Feb 14

    Feb 15 (Head

    Start only)

    Feb 21

    Feb 28

    Mar 14

    Mar 15

    Letters, emails

    Draft report will be


    CLLP Team May 2013 Draft report

    Public viewing of report Principals

    Core Planning Team

    May 2013 Public notification

    Board review Superintendent


    June 2013 Board minutes

    Implementation begins Superintendent


    July 2013

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    Section II: Mission and Vision Statements

    Aliquippa School District

    District Mission:

    Aliquippa School District prepares students for college, career and productive global

    citizenship by fostering academic achievement in a supportive and challenging learning


    District Vision Statement:

    Aliquippa School District empowers students to achieve proficiency and successfully

    transition to college and career.

    To achieve this Vision, we will provide:

    A standards-based, aligned and articulated curriculum that ensures academic success

    for all students;

    A school community that respects diversity;

    A highly qualified staff who delivers quality instruction with high expectations for all


    Professional development that promotes evidence-based, best practices to enhance

    student achievement; and

    A school where staff, parents and community work together to improve student


    District Literacy Mission:

    Aliquippa School District implements the developmental, accelerated and preventive reading

    program requirements that ensure students can read on grade level before entering Grade 3.

    Teachers consistently diagnose needs, differentiate instruction and accelerate the reading

    performance of all students in all grade levels. Success begins with high expectations;

    therefore, the District harnesses student potential to achieve extraordinary literacy gains, and

    to manifest that potential to establish students as 21st century citizens.

    District Literacy Vision Statement:

    Aliquippa School District promotes high expectations for all students. We envision

    commitment to lifelong student learning, evidence-based teaching strategies and

    organizational leadership practices. These practices will be regularly assessed, analyzed and

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    reflected upon to track and monitor students progress toward the goal of 100% literacy

    proficiency. We monitor and communicate progress, continuously improve and employ

    differentiated instructional methods, ensure student, teacher and parental accountability for

    achievement and celebrate extraordinary accomplishments. Literacy is the ability to

    communicate effectively in the real world. This involves teaching thinking skills as an

    integral part of learning to listen, read, write, research and speak. A balanced literacy

    program is a powerful vehicle that enables children to become successful, independent

    readers and writers. Exemplary teachers provide a comprehensive program by integrating

    instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking, language and literature. As they model

    good reading and writing, they connect skills and strategy development across the literacy

    spectrum. Other disciplines such as social studies, science and mathematics are integrated as

    well, providing substance for research, discussion, problem solving, journal writing, oral

    reports and debates. The textbook alone is not enough; curriculum area include literature that

    is rich and abundant and can be used to develop higher order thinking skills. Providing these

    experiences ensures children will have a balance of supportive and challenging learning


    Preparing literate citizens in the 21st century means providing our students with the means to

    locate, evaluate, use and communicate through text, visual, auditory, and video sources. They

    must demonstrate independence; build strong content knowledge, respond to varying

    demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline; comprehend as well as critique; value

    evidence; use technology and digital media strategically and capably; and come to

    understand other perspectives and cultures. Instruction that is integrated and helps students

    understand how to access, evaluate, synthesize, and contribute to information must occur

    across disciplines and is the responsibility of all Aliquippa teachers and administrators.

    Birth to Age 5

    Birth to Age 5 Literacy Vision Statement:

    The Head Start program will prepare children who are ready for school, families who

    are ready to support their childrens learning, and schools that are ready for these students.

    Birth to Age 5 Literacy Mission Statement:

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    The CDI Head Start Serving Beaver Countys literacy plan is to provide early and

    comprehensive child services and align these goals with the Aliquippa Literacy Plan, to

    strengthen the parents skills as a childs first teacher as the most important influences on

    their childs education.

    Birth to Age 5 Literacy Narrative:

    The Head Start program will effectively implement four integral elements to move all

    children toward school readiness (HOUSE); highly individualized teaching and learning,

    ongoing child assessment, engaging interactions and environments, and research-based

    curriculum and teaching practices. We believe the four elements are interrelated and essential

    components of high-quality preschool education for all children. Early Head Start utilizes

    Parents as Teachers (PAT), a home-based curriculum. Head Start preschool center utilizes

    Creative Classroom. Both implement Ounce Scale, a highly reliable, criterion-referenced

    program to streamline data collection and analysis. Head Start/Early Head Start believes

    their mission to increase engagement, communication, and inclusion of parents and families

    to support school readiness. Effective professional development opportunities are provided

    for all staff to better understand and support the school readiness goals.

    Elementary: K-6th



    grade Literacy Vision Statement:

    The students in Aliquippa Elementary School, kindergarten through 6th

    grades, will

    become independent and proficient readers across content areas that are prepared for the

    challenges of the 21st century.


    grade Literacy Mission Statement:

    The Aliquippa Elementary Literacy Plan will guide staff, administration and the

    community to develop effective literacy skills and experiences for students across content

    areas. We believe that all our children can achieve success and that motivating students to

    believe in themselves leads to achievement. The Literacy Plan is based in ongoing

    professional development in the eight components of effective literacy instruction and data

    driven decision making.

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    grade Literacy Narrative:

    The Aliquippa Elementary School believes in the District mission that students can

    read on grade level before entering Grade 3, and to diagnose needs, differentiate instruction

    and accelerate the reading performance of all students in all grade levels. Success begins with

    high expectations; therefore we are motivated to create a safe and positive school

    environment where students receive the skills necessary to become informed, healthy,

    productive, and responsible citizens of the 21st century. By providing ongoing focused

    professional development, challenging every child, and implementing shared ownership, this

    school community is committed to pursuing the goal that every child will become an

    independent literate contributing citizen.

    Junior Senior High School: 7th





    Literacy Vision Statement:

    The Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School believes all students can be motivated to

    think critically, analyze text, and communicate effectively through oral and written language

    in all content areas. Through differentiated instruction in comprehension, metacognitive

    skills, writing and knowledge of text structure and influence of text on reading in a

    technological society, a command of literacy will evolve in all students.


    - 12th

    Literacy Mission Statement:

    The Junior-Senior High Literacy Plan provides maximum growth opportunities for all

    students and staff through the use of innovative instructional practices, shared ownership of

    students and data driven decision-making. The plan will include: on-going focused

    professional development, data analysis meetings, teaching reading across all content areas,

    identification of literacy leaders, and reflective professional learning communities.



    grade Narrative:

    The Junior-Senior High believes the District Mission is to prepare students to be

    literate citizens in the 21st century. This means providing our students with the means to

    locate, evaluate, use and communicate through text, visual, audio and video sources in all

    content areas. Teachers must receive professional development and nurture literacy leaders

    who provide quality literacy instructional strategies so students demonstrate independence;

    build strong content knowledge, respond to varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and

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    discipline; comprehend as well as critique; value evidence; use technology and digital media

    strategically and capably; and come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

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    Section III: Guiding Principles

    1. Literacy is a critical foundation for all learning and serves as a keystone for

    opportunity and success. The Standards for literacy must promote high level learning

    for all students to ensure that they are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st

    century. Because literacy is an important skill in itself and serves as a tool for learning,

    it is an essential at all levels (Birth-Grades 12). Moreover, to enhance literacy learning

    of students, there must be shared responsibility of educators, parents and caretakers,

    and the broader community.

    Literacy learning is the primary focus of the Aliquippa School District and its early

    childhood partner. We are committed to high quality, data-driven literacy instruction. The

    vision, goals, and core values in the schools district literacy plan reflect our shared

    responsibility to this commitment for our students, staff and community that promotes

    academic excellence for all learners.

    Current curriculum development supports the principle through the alignment of the

    Common Core Standards with the...