Wayne County was well represented at the 19th annual ‘Share Fair Celebration…Appreciating Educators and Literacy’ with 48 Wayne County educators participating in a dozen presentations in Louisville on April 21st. The Fair is the culminating event where teachers gather to present and discuss their yearlong Literacy Action Plans they have been working on throughout the school year as part of the Kentucky Reading Project or Adolescent Literacy Project. And the sharing keeps on going… In fact, WCMS Teacher Leah Turner has been asked to share her presentation on “How a Book Changed and Challenged our Classroom” at a national conference this summer. The statewide event included a keynote address by Laura Robb, a national literacy expert. The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) hosted the event and appreciated the local exhibitors’ sharing useful resources and tools for other educators. The CCLD provides frequent professional development to our local educators highlighting literacy. The partnership began with our district leadership team and as soon as the school year ended last May, a large number of teachers, staff, and administrators kicked off their CCLD-led initiative training. They convened in classrooms and libraries at Walker Early Learning Center, Bell Elementary, and Wayne County High School, sitting in the same seats as their students do throughout the year, to dig into performance data, literacy instruction, and research to enhance their professions. They collaborated throughout the year, so the training never ended, but you might say they graduated at the Share Fair.
Several local teachers shared how this PD inspired the quality of their teaching strategies and what they presented at the statewide conference. They included: Shannon Shelton-Walker Early Learning Center, Sasha Chaplin – Bell Elementary, Lesley Rice - Monticello Elementary, Moddie Miller and William Allison – WCMS.
Moodie Miller and William Allison
L-R; Shannon Shelton, Moddie Miller, William Allison, Leslye Rice, Sasha Chaplin, and Angela Ballinger