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KtO Comprehensive Local Literacy Plan

Pennsylvania District Comprehensive Local Literacy Plan (CLLP)

Aliquippa School District

800 21st Street

Aliquippa PA 15001

Date: 2013-2014 revision


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

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

Section I: Literacy Plan Team(revised May 2014)






David Wytiaz




724-857-7500 x 1100

Pete Carbone

Principal Elementary School



724-857-7550 x 2001

Dennis Drevna

Asst. Principal Elementary School



724-857-7550 x 2002

Alvin Gipson

Principal JrSr High



724-857-7515 x 4003

Lisa Dutkovich

Asst. Principal JrSr High



724-857-7515 x 4004

Beth Smith

Special Education Coordinator



724-857-7515 x4028

Debbie Frank

K-12 Instructional Support/Federal Programs/ KtO



724-857-7550 x 2331

Grace Danylo

K-12 Instructional Support



724-857-7550 x 2323

Renee Bufalini

KtO Resource Teacher



724-857-7550 x 2307

Jennifer Garvin

Child Development and Education Manager

Private Industry Council Head Start of Beaver County


Stacy Culler

Education Manager

Private Industry Council Head Start of Beaver County



Angela. Abbiati

Community Engagement Manager

Private Industry Council Head Start of Beaver County


Cindy Cherico

9-12 Language Arts



724-857-7515 x 4120

Ellen Hermes

7-12 Guidance Counselor



724-857-7515 x 4166

Meena Hill

Parent K-5th, 7th 12th





What needs to be done

Who is responsible

When will it be done

Evidence of Implementation

Assign a Project Director/Data Liaison


Sept 2012

Position filled Debbie Frank

Assign Resource Teacher team to work with Project Director; K-5 classroom teachers


Project Director

June 7, 2012

Positions filled

R. Bufalini

A. McCullogh

K. Pilotti

P. Owen

P. Swanson

Assign CLLP Team members



Project Director

Aug 28, 2012

See list of members

Schedule meetings of CLLP Team


Project Director

Oct. 19, 2012

Carbone, Drevna & Frank

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 distribute

Schedule CLLP meetings

Project Director

Nov 2012


CLLP meetings

Project Director

Dec 27 & 28, 2012

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 available


May 2013

Draft report

Public viewing of report


Core Planning Team

May 2013

Public notification

Board review



June 2013

Board minutes

Implementation begins



July 2013

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 community.

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 students;

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 achievement.

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 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 opportunities.

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:

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

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.

K-6th 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.

K-6th 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 12th grade

7th 12th 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.

7th - 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.

7th 12th 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 discipline; comprehend as well as critique; value evidence; use technology and digital media strategically and capably; and come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

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 curriculum. Completion of a district curriculum map which organizes the body of knowledge students are expected to learn at grade/developmental levels in a clear concise manner. A working curriculum document is one which can be reviewed to learn what is expected of each child. The Aliquippa School District must complete a guaranteed and viable curriculum that identifies essential goals and content for all students at each g...


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