With a strong desire to serve others and a passion for literacy, Michelle brings 32 years of education experience to North Canton City Schools. As Director of Instruction for the district, she is dedicated to helping students and staff continue to improve and achieve. She brings impressive credentials to her position: classroom teacher, title reading instructor, Director of Federal Programs, literacy coach, gifted coordinator, English learner coordinator and K-12 English Language Arts consultant. A classroom teacher for 16 years, Michelle understands the needs of students as well as the importance of professional growth for educators. Working as a Language Arts consultant for the Stark County ESC for 5 years and most recently as a Director of Instruction, Michelle has vast experience in providing staff development for educator growth at local, regional, and state levels. She enjoys actively listening to their concerns while discerning how she can best help them achieve their goals. It is this desire to serve and help others has brought Michelle to North Canton City Schools as a Director of Instruction.
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