Momenta’s introductory low-cost packages are offered to schools who have never worked with Momenta before. Teachers and coaches will learn strategies to implement in the classroom immediately, and will receive in-school support to make sure the new strategies take hold in classrooms across grade levels.

Early Literacy

Deep Comprehension

Data Analysis

Response to Text

Early Literacy Intensive

 
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Students in Momenta schools progress faster because:

  • Classroom routines are optimized for small group differentiated instruction

  • Teachers use benchmark and progress monitoring data to identify student needs, group students for success and provide the appropriate interventions when needed, and monitor student growth

  • First grade teachers adjust instruction to maintain and build on the kindergarten gains

  • Teachers and principals have a deeper understanding of early literacy acquisition

  • Teachers collaborate more across and between grade levels

  • Students work in small groups and independently, smoothly transition between activities, and are partner reading by January

In year 1 the Early Literacy Intensive Includes:

  • 2 days of professional development in the essentials

  • of early literacy instruction.

  • 12 visits from a Momenta Literacy Consultant

  • 6 visits from a Momenta Principal Coach

  • Support for 3 data meetings throughout the year

In year 1 the Early Literacy Intensive Includes:

  • 8 visits from a Momenta Literacy Consultant

  • 4 visits from a Momenta Principal Coach

  • Continued support for all data meetings

I wanted something that was respectful of students, that listened to teachers voices, and attended to all facets of learning. Momenta was it. We have principal coaches for principals, we have literacy coaches for our own literacy coaches. It’s all been wonderful. The learning is at levels we hadn’t seen before in Taunton. It’s pretty exciting.
— Julie Hackett, Superintendent, Taunton Public Schools

Data Analysis

 
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A hallmark of effective schools is a faculty engaged in constructive conversations about what they can do to support every student. A collaborative team of educators and leaders who know how to analyze benchmark and progress monitoring data is essential to that process. Over the last 10 years Momenta has streamlined an approach to data meetings that helps leaders and teachers work together to analyze the reading comprehension and fluency of students so that every student is supported at their level.

We can help you make better use of the assessment tools in place in your district, help you identify appropriate assessments and give you objective advice on commercially available tools you may be considering. One day of professional development will cover how and when to convene data meetings with grade level teams, preparation protocols and facilitation. Three days of in-school coaching will focus on preparing and analyzing the data, prepare charts for the data meetings, and identifying grade level strengths and needs. The Momenta coach will also model and facilitate three data meetings at the beginning, middle and end of the year.

I used to have 40% of my students on grade level. Now if I have 96% at grade level at the end of the year, I’m mad because it’s not 100%. Momenta has completely changed our use of data and our thinking.
— Kristen Reidy, 1st grade teacher at Salemwood School, Malden

Outcomes

  • Leaders and teachers working collaboratively to analyze data

  • Engaged teachers and leaders who effectively understand and use assessment data to provide personalized learning opportunities

  • Improved educational outcomes

  • Clearly defined groups of students with similar needs

  • Data meeting scripts, forms for recording student assessment data, and protocols for grouping students based on need

Deep Comprehension

 
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Deep Comprehension introduces teachers and leaders to Reciprocal Teaching and Debate in a 1-day workshop. Teachers and coaches will leave this training able to immediately implement strategies and materials to enhance their students’ analysis of text and ability to ask powerful questions. Six days of follow up coaching includes model lessons, lesson observation and support for differentiation and integration of content area material. Momenta consultants will introduce teachers to strategies that engage all students in reading and analyzing text.

Outcomes

  • Develop understanding of the four components of Reciprocal Teaching

  • Build strategies and get tools for implementation

  • Identify a routine for integrating debate into your regular schedule

  • Develop a repertoire of strategies that support students to engage in thought text analysis and developing high-level questions

  • Sample lesson plans, templates for reciprocal teaching groups, note taking, websites for debate topics and resources

Now my students are researching to find support for their opinions and using great vocabulary words to explain it. They get to talk to each other, they are collaborating together, and they are reading together. It is very structured and always engaging…
— Gillian Sousa, 5th grade teacher, Lafayette School, Everett  

Response to Text

 
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In my classroom the majority of students are from low income families and the majority speak a language other than English at home. But it doesn’t matter to me if they are in fifth grade.  If they can read a 10th grade level article, then that’s what they are doing.  If they can respond to a topic as complex as genetic modification, then there is no reason that doesn’t belong in a 5th grade classroom.

I think this is living proof that when children are engaged, the expectations are high, and you continue to push them, there really is nothing they can’t do.
— Stefanie West, 5th grade teacher at Lincoln School, Revere 

Teachers will come away with resources and strategies to help students include evidence in a written response to text. Through the use of two-column notes, and annotating text with close reading practices, students build the skills necessary to write evidence based answers to text based questions. The 1-day workshop enables teachers to analyze Short Response questions to support classroom instruction. Teachers will be provided with tools and strategies to help students analyze questions and prepare a thoughtful evidence based response. We will also score work collectively and build a schedule for administration of short response prompts and time for grade level teams to score student writing together. Six follow-up in-school coaching days will include modeling, lesson observation and support to implement a schedule for student practice. Momenta coaches will work with grade level teams and instructional coaches to score student writing, calibrate rating student work and develop a rubric that teachers and students can use to improve their writing over time.

Outcomes

  • Strategies for helping students respond to Short Response prompts

  • Examples of reading passages and questions for students to practice

  • Analyze questions using close reading as defined by the CCSS

  • Practice using two column notes to plan and organize writing

 

Learn More

For more information contact Benjamin Scherz, Director of Partnerships.
Email: benjaminscherz@momenta.org
Phone: 800-683-9682 ext 717

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