July 2019 Elementary ELA Newsletter

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ELAOK: Elementary

July 2019

In this issue:

Deb Wade

Deb Wade

Deb Wade has joined the OSDE team as the Director of Elementary English Language Arts today, July 1, 2019.

Deb Wade’s childhood was split into equal time in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Kansas. Her adult life has also been geographically diverse, with stints in North Carolina, Texas, and Oklahoma. She graduated cum laude from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas with a B.S. in Language and Literature and a minor in Education.

Sterling College is also where she met Randy, the love of her life and husband of (almost) 29 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with certification in Middle Childhood Generalist.

In 2006 Deb became a teacher consultant for the Oklahoma Writing Project, which has led to her presenting numerous professional development workshops throughout the state as well as serving as co-director for the Oklahoma Writing Project’s Summer Institute for the past seven years.

She taught at Muldrow Middle School in Muldrow, Pioneer Intermediate School in Noble, and Wiley Post and Will Rogers Elementary Schools in the Putnam City District in Oklahoma City. Deb was 2013 Teacher of the Year at Pioneer, and served as Team Leader for her 5th grade team at Wiley Post.

She has always had a passion for reading, and sharing books aloud with children makes her must-do list as an educator. She currently lives in Piedmont and loves when daughters Rebekah (25), Anna (22), and Lydia (19) find their way home to hang out with her.

You can connect with her at Deborah.Wade@sde.ok.gov, on Instagram at a_wadewithwordsok  or on Twitter at a_wadewithwords. Her office phone number is 405-521-3034.

Engage OK on the Road

Engage OK

The Oklahoma State Department of Education will take its professional development conference on the road again this summer with EngageOK 2019. Deb will be presenting workshops related to elementary ELA (listed below), but there will be lots of other presenters and topics as well. We hope to see you on the road! Learn more and register now!

Save the date!

  • July 15: Woodward
  • July 16: Lawton
  • July 17: Durant
  • July 18: Bixby
  • July 23: Moore

Exploring the English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum Framework
Learn how to navigate OSDE's ELA web page for objective analyses, student proficiency levels with instructional guidance, literacy progressions and engagement strategies tied to the Oklahoma Academic Standards.

Teaching the Three Modes of Writing in the Elementary English Language Arts Classroom
Explore the three modes of writing: narrative, informative and opinion. Participants will learn instructional strategies connected to the three styles across the elementary grades.

Writing Development in the Elementary Classroom
Using Ehri’s Developmental Writing Stages, participants will analyze authentic student writing samples and explore strategies to move elementary students along the writing continuum.