Partnership with OPUSD Elementary Schools’ PTAs & PFAs!

This 2018-2019 school year, the Oak Park Education Foundation dedicated $250,000 towards implementing literacy and numeracy instructional aides in the K-3 classrooms of all 3 OPUSD elementary schools. On Oct 2 & 25, the aides attended a 3-hour training which covered the philosophical and instructional shifts OPUSD is taking in math. In particular, the Mathematical Practices and Routines for Reasoning were shared. This training aligned perfectly with the work of the Math Task Force.

Ms. Prince, an aide at Red Oak Elementary School, works with students during Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Math.

Provided by OPUSD, our aides were treated to a full day of training with Curriculum Coordinator for Primary Literacy, Shanna Schwartz, who is also the Senior Lead Staff Developer from Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She conducted a full day of training that gave an overview of Reading and Writing Workshop, and then spent a lot of the day focused on the new Phonics program and how to lead small group centers. As a result, all aides are able to assist teachers with actual literacy and numeracy instruction and improve our educator to student ratio – a key issue that has been consistently brought to our attention and the attention of our elementary schools’ PTAs & PFAs.

At Brookside Elementary School, new K-2 aides meet with Barbie and create a took kit for Reading Workshop.

The aides are educated, intuitive, and motivated, and their work continues to go a long way to helping teachers and students!