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​Literacy Squared Cohort is a free professional development cohort sponsored by ISBE Multilingual for districts that receive LIEP funding through the state.  This cohort is  geared to K-5 educators and administrators looking to build more in-depth knowledge of the Comprehensive Biliteracy Model. The purpose of the Literacy Squared Cohort is to use the train-the-trainer model to build local capacity to implement and strengthen dual language programs and promote biliteracy development among English Learners. Literacy Squared is a comprehensive biliteracy program that has been designed to accelerate the development of biliteracy in Spanish-English speaking students.  The Literacy Squared model includes authentic instructional approaches in Spanish and English that respect and focus on the internal structures of each of the languages, emphasizing direct, explicit, and collaborative instructional approaches that have proven to be beneficial for emerging bilingual children. 

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2023-2024 Literacy Squared Cohort Schedule

Literacy Squared will be meeting in person for a portion of school year 2023-2024. The dates below are finalized, please plan accordingly. Invitations have been emailed and the FY 24 Literacy Squar​ed Cohort 9 application​​PDF Document is now available.

All in-person meetings will take place at:

Maercker School District 60
Westview Hills Middle School
630 65th St.
Willowbrook, IL 60527

The dates and topics will be:

Date Topic
September 21-22, 2023
(IN-PERSON, 6 hours/day)
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
September 21:
  • Overview of Literacy Squared
  • Creating Trajectories toward Biliteracy
September 22:
  • Oracy – Part 1
  • Lotta Lara – Part 1
November 30- December 1, 2023
(IN-PERSON, 6 hours/day)
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

November 30
  • Debrief Trajectory Assignments and Lotta Lara Implementation
  • Lotta Lara – Part II
December 1
  • theDictado – Part 1
February 8-9, 2024
(VIRTUAL, 4 hours/day)
8:30 am - 12:30 pm​

February  8
  • Debrief theDictado Assignment
  • Teaching Approaches for Reading and Writing
  • theDictado – Part II
February 9
  • Connecting Language Environments - Paired Literacy
  • Demonstration Lesson
March 7-8, 2024
(VIRTUAL, 4 hours/day)
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

March 7
  • Spanish Phonics
  • Así se dice
March 8
  • Connecting Oracy to Writing​
April 25-26, 2024
(IN-PERSON, 6 hours/day)
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

April 25
  • Writing Rubric Training Scoring of Writing Samples
  • Using Writing Samples to Identify Teaching Points
April 26
  • Leadership/Implementation of Literacy Squared​

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