Family Literacy Night
The HPU elementary education majors worked as partners creating a literacy themed station for elementary students to visit with their parents. Activities ranged from applying reading comprehension strategies to writing to create new characters. One station invited parents, Montlieu students and siblings to examine how the genre of historical fiction can be used as an engaging resource to learn about American History.
The impact of literacy night reaches far beyond the one evening in November. The Montlieu students and parents have literacy strategies they can apply year round at home and in school. Our HPU seniors even donated their literacy station resources to the teachers of Montlieu Academy of Technology for them to use in their classrooms.
Teacher education elementary majors in the School of Education at High Point University have the opportunity to participate in a weekly Book Buddy program with children at two area partner schools – Montlieu Academy of Technology and Florence Elementary. Over the years, the partnerships have developed and grown to include additional literacy experiences for the pre-service teachers and the children, teachers, and families at the elementary schools.
Literacy Support Group
Research is clear…mentoring is a beneficial practice toward nurturing continued learning, promoting empowerment, growing teaching excellence, and fostering leadership in the educational arena. In an effort to provide a professional space where M.Ed. (Elementary, Literacy Concentration) graduates of High Point University can continue to build capacity to enhance literacy teaching and learning, Dr. Debbie Linville initiated a Literacy Support Group in the Fall, 2013. The group meets regularly and has established its own blog.
Literacy Outreach Project
The High Point University cohort of the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators chose Florence Elementary to be this year’s recipient of the first annual Outreach Project.