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Literacy and Humanities
Literacy & Humanities
Janel Payette
Kathryn Daughton
p: (315)  431-8419

Welcome to the homepage of the Literacy and Humanities department. Our mission is to provide professional development, instructional coaching, resources and support for teachers and instructional leaders across a wide swath of content areas, in order to improve instructional practices and educational outcomes of our students. We are passionate about fostering growth mindsets for the individual and for school cultures.



Literacy Leadership

Literacy Leadership serves to support the development of district and regional capacity related to the transition to the NYS Next Generation ELA/Literacy Standards. The group meets several time a year to engage in professional conversations to develop a culture of literacy and collaboration using a variety of protocols and procedures, acquire literacy/ELA information from SED, and network with other school district's literacy leaders.

As we all continue to navigate this time, the Instructional Support Services (ISS) team is planning a different approach to our leadership groups. Since in-person meetings with the number of people who typically attend leadership groups are not possible, we are moving to a "Play and Pause" model for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Literacy team will record videos that will provide information and pose questions for district teams to consider. Updates from the New York State Education Department and Statewide Curriculum Development Networks will be included in our presentations, as will potential outcomes for district teams to consider. A leader from the district will facilitate conversation with in-district teams around the topics discussed in the videos. As the year progresses, we will adjust as needed to meet the needs of each group.

Videos will be posted in a Google Classroom on the date that the leadership meeting would have taken place. The Google Classroom for each leadership group will also serve as a place to post articles and share conversations with other districts from around the region. A district administrator or teacher leader has been added to the Google Classroom for your district. The Literacy team is happy to set up times for districts to come together and collaborate around leadership topics; if you are interested in that, please contact the Literacy team member who facilitates the group.

Here is a list of dates for leadership meetings under the purview of the Literacy Team for you to reference. Art & Music Leadership dates are forthcoming.

Group Videos Posted Contact
Early Learning 10/29/20 & 3/12/21 Patrick
Literacy 11/5/20, 2/3/21, 5/4/21 Kathryn 
Social Studies 10/14/20, 2/24/21, 4/28/21 Kathryn 

Meeting Archives

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
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