Matt Donaldson has served as Principal at Northwood Elementary, in North Canton City Schools since 2010. In addition to his present position, Matt has worked as a classroom teacher, a department chair, a lead teacher, and an associate principal at a middle school. With 26 years in education, Matt prides himself on being an advocate for children and teachers. He is committed to giving teachers the support and tools they need to help children succeed, and he emphasizes the importance of teaching reading skills to all students. Professional development for teachers is key to continuous improvement, and Matt stresses the need for teachers to have practical training in literacy education. Northwood’s consecutive years of earning an A from the Ohio Department of Education is proof of his commitment.
Concurrent Session Description
The Power of a Literacy Plan
Michelle Hostetler and Matt Donaldson
(Assessment and Data, Components of Literacy Instruction, Curriculum, Leadership, General Science of Reading)
A simple google search on a written plan or goal yields a multitude of results stating positive outcomes. However, plans may not always work, but planning almost always does if a proper planning process is implemented. The North Canton City Schools did just that; a planning process was emulated, and a district K-2 literacy plan was created. As Winston Churchill once stated, “Plans are of little importance, but planning is everything.” Join North Canton City Schools as they share how planning processes such as re-assessing and re-adjusting a four-year literacy plan helped the district reframe the way reading instruction has been historically taught and in doing so, helped the vast majority of students with reading difficulties. With the use of an effective planning process, NCCS educators have made the necessary adjustments to their current literacy instruction & curriculum which has significantly decreased achievement gaps. NCCS believes greatness as a district can only be achieved once all students have the opportunity to reach their full reading potential.
Target Audience(s): Elementary
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Leadership