Educator quality and student learning is undeniable, and is the primary goal of the professional development initiatives.
A key goal for the initial training is to develop a collaborative culture and a common language to be shared by all teachers.
Implementation includes more in-class modeling and coaching, observations in other classrooms or schools, and continued study of research.
Building a learning community is the focus of the third phase to enhance sustainability in the project.
Building a collaborative environment where teachers feel safe and supported. Experiences and new ideas are shared and everyone is included as part of the team.
Dr. Campanaro has researched and developed effective training methods to increase teacher capacity to improve student academic and reading achievement. Student’s reading ability, as demonstrated on the STAAR test scores and other measures of student academic achievement, were shown to improve in schools that have engaged in the professional development training. Anecdotal results and scientific research has consistently documented increased student ability to comprehend text, increase metacognition, and thinking.
Dr. Campanaro is an author, researcher, and staff developer who is known as the turn- around expert because he has crafted and refined teaching and learning protocols that build teacher capacity to teach reading well. Schools that have engaged his services have experienced dramatic growth in student reading and academic performance. Many of the schools he has serviced received TEA Commendations for Reading.
The Literacy Group builds teacher capacity to increase students’ reading achievement and academic growth.
The Literacy Group’s professional development centers on building teacher competence for understanding and implementing the instructional structures and practices proven to teach students to become self-regulated learners-learners that think and problem solve. Moreover, through modeling, coaching, and interactive teaching, teacher capacity is built to enable all students to become self-regulated independent readers.
"Dr. Campanaro has been a great mentor and guide to all Reading Teachers at our school. He doesn't tell us how to teach reading-he shows us real hands-on training with our students in our classrooms. Among other methods he demonstrated, he showed us how to perform think-alouds, eﬀective mini-lessons, strategic small groups, and how to get students to think and problem-solve as they read. Most importantly, his method of teaching enabled us to achieve a score of 84% on the first administration of the STAAR Reading Test (Grade 5) in 2015 as compared to lower scores in previous years, and a mere 64% in 2014.”