ELFA and the end of my CAFE dream....

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by pwhatley, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. pwhatley

    pwhatley Maven

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    Hi again. Found out today that I cannot use DRA, running records, or anything like them. I am limited to DIBELS for "leveling" information, because we are an "ELFA" school. ELFA stands for Ensuring Literacy For All, but apparently we have strict guidelines to follow that do not allow for any other methods. I'm still going to try to move my classroom as far toward the "workshop" arena as I can, but now am not sure how. Any ideas?:dizzy:
     
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  3. hawkteacher

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    What other guidelines are put on you? You aren't allowed to use the workshop method? Or you just aren't allowed to use other assessments?

    How does your school use dibels for leveling in reading? For upper elementary, dibels is strictly a fluency assessment. I know that dibels are different in lower elementary though. I use dibels along with BRI (both district requirements) with CAFE in my classroom with no problems.

    If you're allowed to use CAFE/workshop, but just not other assessments, I think you can still make it work.
     
  4. KinderCowgirl

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    Awww-I'm sorry PW! Is this a scripted program like "Success for All". It would really surprise me that reading programs today don't embrace a workshop-type model. Does anyone really expect people to teach whole group the entire reading block?
     
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    No Kinder, I'm not expected to teach everything whole group. In fact, small group instruction/reinforcement is a non-negotiable. However, (I guess because grant funds are involved) we are not allowed to use any programs other than the basal and DIBELS for assessment. No dra, no running records, no leveling of books, etc. Actually, I can still do the Daily 5 (or 6 if you include computers), just not the entire CAFE enchilada, so to speak.

    hawkteacher - we use the basal assessments and dibels. Our reading coach/specialist (I'm not sure of her title) says that we are not allowed to use "whole language" style methods and assessments.

    I probably over-reacted to her email. I'm just overwhelmed right now trying to have everything in line for the new year. I'm not one of those people who can "fly by the seat of their pants." While I change plans, etc., to suit the needs of my students, I like to (try to) have everything lined out and in order for the year to come, lol.
     
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    I'm so sorry that $$$ is getting in the way of your choice as an educator :(
     
  7. leighbball

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    Ugh...I hate when you find something that works for you that you love and they tell you to stop using it. I'm sure ti will all work out somehow though!
     
  8. Ms.Jasztal

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    Your methods DO ensure literacy for all, though! I've never heard of mandates like those before.
     

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