Administrators. In order for literacy teachers to provide meaningful literacy experiences for their students, they must have the support of a principal who is truly an instructional leader. Instructional leaders support teachers by creating the conditions for reflective teaching practices and positive change. The resources in this section provide support for administrators who are interested in becoming instructional leaders for literacy teachers in their schools.

The facilitators guide is designed to accompany the five booklets that are part of the Early Literacy and Assessment for Learning (K-3) Series and includes discussion questions for each booklet. Trainers can use this guide as they plan their professional development with teachers.

Facilitators Guide (253K)

The Look Fors is a resource that principals and others who support teachers can use to guide their learning of early literacy classroom practice in collaboration with teachers. As you make use of this resource, please keep in mind that it is not designed or intended to be used as an evaluation tool.

Look Fors (198K)

The activity of alignment is integral to any school improvement process. The Pacific Communities with High-performance in Literacy Development (CHILD) Acts of Alignment is a process that educators can use when attempting to identify assessments that are aligned to their current curriculum framework. We have used this process to align the early literacy formative assessments with the curriculum frameworks of the entities listed below:

Pacific CHILD Acts of Alignment (128K)
American Samoa (102K)
Chuuk (102K)
CNMI (100K)
Kosrae (93K)
Palau (96K)
Pohnpei (102K)
RMI (96K)
Yap (107K)

The Pacific CHILD Data Management System is an Excel database that allows users to record students’ assessment information and then create charts that display students’ progress over time on each of the assessments. The accompanying guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you get started using the Pacific CHILD Data Management System. In order to use this resource, you will need to download all three of the following files:

Pacific CHILD Data Management System (713K)
Reading Performance Charts (Excel 943K)
Reading Performance Data (Excel 556K)

Reflecting on assessment results provides teachers and administrators with important information that informs teaching and learning. This resource provides a process to help educators make sense of student assessment results.

Using Assessment Data to Improve Student Learning (107K)

Developing Leveled Early Readers is one resource created to address the desire and need to create more printed materials. It can assist educators in determining the purpose for developing reading materials, ways to develop materials, and the varying text factors that must be taken into consideration for students in different stages of reading development. It is recommeded that this guide be used in conjuction with Using Microsoft Publisher 2000 to Develop Local Language Materials.

Developing Leveled Early Readers (326K)

Having a wide variety of early literacy resources to support the diverse interests and needs of students is always a challenge. Using Microsoft Publisher 2000 to Develop Local Language Materials is a guide to support educators’ use of Microsoft Publisher to develop materials, including books and instructional resources in multiple languages. Complete Guide (2.4M).

Getting Started with Microsoft Publisher (580K)
Inserting Pages, Images, and Text (1.4M)
Printing and Hints (614K)

This paper presents two strategies designed to meet increased accountability requirements for student achievement: 1) Standards-Based Accountability Systems and 2) Alignment with Standards.

Using Standards-Led Policy to Align Assessment and Accountability (642K)

A Focus on Professional Development is the fourth booklet in the Research-Based Practices in Early Reading series published by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). The purpose of this booklet is to examine what research tells us about effective professional development in early reading and its role in improving student achievement.

A Focus on Professional Development (1.1M)