Under the umbrella of the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) reside three related but specialized literacy initiatives that are run by individuals who are passionate about education. The three initiatives that make up CPET are SEI, SLI, and SPI. Roberta Lenger Kang along with Courtney Brown and Elizabeth Fox lead the SLI organization under the guidance and direction of Ruth Vinz.
How was SLI started and why was it started?
This is probably a question best answered by Ruth, who started SLI as a way to help schools and even whole Regions across the city (in early 2000’s) focus on the essential qualities of Literacy across content areas. In 2007, the city established a mandate that teachers must conduct Periodic assessments at least three times per year until students passed the Regents in ELA and in Math. That lead to the development of the Design Your Own assessment program.
Can you tell us more about the DYO program?
The DYO program is an alternative to the standardized assessment approaches offered by the city. Instead of having students take standardized tests three times per year, we support schools to design assessments that are more aligned with their mission and vision of the school. The DYO Program has grown, as we’ve seen how the work of assessments spreads into curriculum mapping, instructional practices, school structures, professional development and a host of other. Ultimately, I think SLI was created to fill a need for Professional Professional Development that meets the needs of school communities.