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"What are centers, anyway?" Create shared agreement

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When implemented well, centers enable students to engage in meaningful activities and empower them to navigate the learning environment independently and interact with peers to create shared understanding. Well-chosen centers activities accommodate different learning styles and allow students to self-direct as they apply skills and strategies in engaging ways. And finally, centers allow teachers to address the distinct learning needs of all students.


Successful implementation starts with creating shared agreement about qualities and characteristics of effective centers. 

Start by using text rendering protocol to review and discuss the implementation rubric and the literacy center checklist.  These documents can guide discussion about characteristics of the centers your team decides to implement.

Actions: Then in small groups, use previous documents to identify the qualities and characteristics that are essential to literacy centers at your school.  Groups collaboratively discuss to establish shared agreement about the qualities of effective centers.   

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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education