BPSB Curriculum Coordinator Featured in State Education Department Publication
Bossier Schools English Curriculum Coordinator Kim Morgan was recently featured in a statewide publication for teacher leaders by the Louisiana Department of Education. The article Morgan penned follows below:
My name is Kim Morgan, and I have been the English Curriculum Coordinator for Bossier Parish Middle Schools for the past five years. Since this summer, I have also served as Louisiana’s Accelerate ELA Project Manager for the Accelerate ELA Summer 2021 Resources and the Accelerate ELA 2021-2022 Resources.
Louisiana has recognized the learning obstacles our students are facing, and the Department has responded with resources that can be used to provide personalized tutoring to accelerate student learning without requiring burdensome costs to parents. Additionally, the expectations have shifted from remediation--where students stay focused on prior learning-- to acceleration where teachers prepare students for upcoming learning.
To effectively address and prevent unfinished learning, students must be provided with extra time to learn through equal-access tutoring. Accelerate is designed to support school systems implementing tutoring to achieve significant results for all students.
Our brilliant team of grade-level content experts from around the state who are writing the tutoring lessons were challenged to think about their own students and consider the knowledge and skills that are most difficult for students to master. With that knowledge and skills in mind, we began creating lesson sets that can be used to build knowledge and practice those reading and writing skills immediately before they are needed in classroom learning. K-2 Lessons are built from CKLA and focus on the highest leverage foundational skills and knowledge-building texts. Knowledge-building text sets for Grades 3-10 include student copies with teaching hints and teacher copies with exemplar answers.