#ASCD16 Preview: Leading the Literacy Classroom Visit Model


2016 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

Sandi Novak and Bonnie Houck will be presenting a session called “Leading the Literacy Classroom Visit Model” at the 2016 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. We’ve extended the #ASCD16 early-bird registration rate through February 12, so sign up now to take advantage of $80 in savings!

By Sandi Novak and Bonnie Houck

ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show: Leading the Literacy Classroom Visit ModelLiteracy leaders know the importance of understanding literacy learning and effective instructional practices in order to support their teachers and students. Educational leaders need a system to collect and analyze timely information about literacy instructional practices and how students engage in their learning.

Literacy classroom visits are brief, frequent, informal, and focused visits to classrooms that are designed to gather data about literacy practices, identify patterns of strength and need within the school, and prompt follow-up discussions. The literacy classroom model looks at literacy through a focused lens, integrating instructional best practices and purposeful student engagement proven to foster student reading development.

This session will provide literacy leaders with tools and resources for visiting literacy classrooms in order to determine patterns of need throughout the school.

Collecting data from literacy classroom visits over time is a valuable investment that can

  • Establish a body of evidence about the overall literacy culture and instruction.
  • Identify instructional patterns in teacher teams, grade levels, and content areas.
  • Detect professional development and resource needs.
  • Guide professional learning planning and content.
  • Establish common beliefs, practices, and language within the community.
  • Inform a school or district about the implementation of professional learning goals.
  • Ensure that students are learning and mastering grade level standards and expectations.

Literacy classroom visits meet the needs of leaders as they collect and analyze accurate information about classroom practices to provide teachers with the support necessary to grow. Continued visits monitor ongoing progress in the developing literacy culture and instruction of a school or district and can ensure that every child is continuously learning and growing as a reader.

Register now for the ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show and save $80. Early-bird registration ends February 12, 2016.

During the conference, attendees can connect with ASCD and with each other by following @ASCD on Twitter, by following ASCD’s official Instagram account @officialascd, and by using the official social media hashtag for the conference, #ASCD16. To learn more ways to connect with ASCD and the benefits of becoming a member, visit www.ascd.org.


Sandi Novak is an education consultant in Lakeville, Minn. She is author of the ASCD Arias Student-Led Discussions: How do I promote rich discussions about books, videos, and other media? She can be reached at snovak9133@aol.com or www.snovakeducationalservices.com.

Bonnie Houck is an education consultant in Victoria, Minn. and serves as the Coordinator of the University of Minnesota K-12 Reading Program. She can be reached at houckreadz@gmail.comwww.HouckEd.com, or Houck@UMN.EDU.