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Literacy & Humanities


Evidence-Based Literacy

The OCM BOCES Literacy department is committed to building an understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment grounded in evidence-based practices, including the principles of the science of reading. The science of reading refers to the inclusion of all the methods or approaches that have been found, through a wide breadth and depth of research, to help students achieve in learning to read. The science of reading reflects not a narrow view but rather a broad commitment to all of the things found to benefit children as they learn to read. Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension are the key building blocks to successful literacy instruction.

OCM BOCES continues to support evidence-based literacy regionally, locally and individually. Our range of services and offerings includes but is not limited to:

Regional Offerings

  • Effective Literacy Leadership for K-6 Principals
  • Effective Literacy Coaching Collaborative
  • Literacy Leadership Network
  • Literacy Mini Courses 
  • Book Studies (Brain Words, The Writing Revolution, Disrupting Thinking...)
  • Voyager Sopris: LETRS Vol. 1 & 2, LETRS Facilitator Training, REWARDS, Language Live! & Step Up to Writing
Customized Work for Districts
  • Comprehensive Literacy Audits
  • ELA Standards and Curriculum Implementation
  • Foundations in the Science of Reading
  • Advanced Science of Reading
  • Literacy coaching support (new teachers, AIS, instructional coaches, interventionists, administrators)
  • Program and Intervention Support

In addition to the aforementioned, below you will find various resources that will help you build literacy knowledge.

OCM BOCES Padlets (updated regularly)

The following padlets were created to help educators learn more about resources aligned with the principles of the science of reading, as well as provide a place where those educators using different core reading programs or interventions could come to view program materials, research and resources to aid instruction.


Additional Padlets

The Kastner Collection: Free Phonemic Awareness Resources (courtesy of Dr. Pam Kastner)
Free Resources to teach literacy virtually from Keys to Literacy
Free Google Site with SOR and resources from TST BOCES 


The Kastner Collection: Effective Writing Practices (courtesy of Dr. Pam Kastner)

What the Research Says

Institute of Education Sciences-What Works Clearinghouse

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast

Carnegie Corporation: Writing to Read (2010)

Writing to Read (2010)

Book Studies

We are committed to building your professional learning library. These are some of the titles we have led book studies in this year. If you have a title you'd like to form a book study around, contact Kathryn Daughton:

Open Educational Resources for Educators

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
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