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Daily Union highlights literacy outreach work in Jefferson by UW-Madison’s Ivey

September 14, 2016

The Daily Union newspaper recently put the spotlight on some outstanding literacy outreach work being conducted by UW-Madison’s Gay Ivey in Jefferson, Wis.

The in-depth report by Pam Chickering Wilson is headlined, “East educators train to promote reading engagement.”

The story explains how a group of educators from East Elementary School in Jefferson took part in a three-day institute at UW-Madison in August titled Literacy by the Lakes. Ivey and Ph.D. student Erin Quast then visited the school in September to help the educators implement what they learned.

Gay Ivey
UW-Madison's Gay Ivey speaks with educators in August at
the Literacy by the Lakes conference at the Fluno Cener on
the UW-Madison campus. (John Sable photo)
Ivey is the university's Tashia F. Morgridge Professor of Reading Education, and is a faculty member with the School of Education’s top-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A major gift from Tashia and John Morgridge made the Literacy by the Lakes program possible.

The Daily Union report begins:  “Put aside all of the how-to instructions on sounding out letters and developing reading fluency. What really makes good readers are students who want to read, who are engaged in the stories they encounter and who want to know more. While many guidelines exist for the practical teaching of reading skills, reading engagement is an area of literacy that traditionally has not gotten as much attention. So that’s the area on which teachers at East Elementary School in Jefferson have decided to focus.”

The article then explains how “Ivey came to East Elementary School to provide additional mentoring and modeling for the Jefferson teachers on the topic of ‘classroom talk around books,’ with the goal of producing more motivated readers. Ivey brought 15 highly-reviewed children’s books to the workshop, leaving them with the East teachers so they could use the books in their classrooms.”

In addition, the report notes how Ivey said that she and other UW-Madison literacy staff and graduate students will be available throughout the school year for ongoing consultation and across-school networking.

Gay Ivey
Gay Ivey (left) works with an educator at
Literacy by the Lakes in August at the
Fluno Center. (John Sable photo)
Jefferson’s district-wide Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Barb Johnson, told the newspaper that participating in this partnership will provide invaluable resources for the local teachers and connect them with proven methods backed by experts in the field.

To learn much more about Ivey’s visit to Jefferson and the program educators at East Elementary School plan to implement, check out the entire news article for free on this DailyUnion.com web page.

Literacy by the Lakes brought in 122 teachers from 18 school districts to Madison in late August. The new initiative is led by UW-Madison literacy education experts Mary Louise Gomez, Dawnene Hassett, Catherine Compton-Lilly and Ivey. All are faculty members with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Literacy by the Lakes was built on the premise that we must direct our attention to supporting children and youth in developing and sustaining literate lives.

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