The Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution (VBLS)

The Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution (VBLS) 

An offering of the TMI Education-Gravity Goldberg Literacy Alliance!

 

Why VBLS? The impact of the Corona virus has been life changing. Yet, as devastating as it has been, it has also demonstrated that, once again, in every challenge there will lie the opportunity for positive changes – changes that can profoundly influence the students that we serve across the schools of our great state and nation. If ever a time that this adage has proven to be true, it is now. Most evidently, we are the agents and leaders of extraordinary change, and we are proud to be in your company. The challenges confronting our schools will be increasingly more demanding and, perhaps, even daunting. More than ever in our storied history, our school communities will demand your courage, tireless effort and energy, self-sacrifice, perseverance, insatiable desire to learn and grow, and sustained collegial support. 

Like each of you, we now plan for a most unpredictable 2020-2021 school year. We remain both optimistic of a return to normalcy, and realistic of the possibility of continued remote schooling. Regardless of the prevailing circumstances, we never let go of all we know about supporting readers, writers, and thinkers - and - how we can best support our colleagues in their tireless efforts to deliver an optimal educational experience for every student. 

To this end, we will harness the power and potential of instructional technology resources - and - an opportunity mindset to maintain a Balanced Literacy model with our students, in any context - virtual or in-person.
 

What is VBLS? The LIteracy Alliance's Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution (VBLS) is specifically designed to be extremely beneficial for both the current and post-pandemic contexts. The unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances have forced us to reimagine how we can provide sustained, seamless and state-of-the-art professional learning. The VBLS will enable literacy practitioners to effectively implement a balanced literacy program in fully remote, traditional and hybrid (i.e., "flipped classroom") format. Additionally, our VBLS provides support for parents and guardians, therefore serving to enhance and advance the home-school partnership. 

The following provides a summary of the Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution for your consideration.


For Teachers and Literacy Leaders!

  • Refine and streamline the curriculum
  • Create powerful digital lessons 
  • Develop more student engagement and independence
  • Plan for and execute reasonable schedules that offer some space and time for reflection
  • Use the gradual release of responsibility model 
  • Develop systems for offering students connection and feedback  
  • Use assessment information to differentiate instruction 


For Families!

  • Strategies that parents can use to support independent reading and writing at home 
  • Assessment ideas that parents can use to track progress and communicate with teachers 
  • Resources for additional reading and writing ideas to be used at home 


The Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution Includes!


The VBLS: An Extremely Cost-Effective and Comprehensive Solution at Special Introductory Rates!

  • Full District Subscription Fee (available to all district faculty and administration): $7500 ($6995 for Literacy Alliance and TMI Consortium members)
  • Individual School Subscription Fee (available to all school faculty and administration): $2950 ($2450 for Literacy Alliance and TMI Consortium members)



For questions or to subcribe today, please complete our Contact/Inquiry Form today! 

 

Virtual Balanced Literacy Solution (VBLS) Flyer

 


Meet your Literacy Alliance Founders!

Dr. Gravity Goldberg, Gravity Goldberg, LLC Director and Literacy Alliance Co-Founder. 

Gravity is an educational consultant, author and founder of Gravity Goldberg, LLC. While based in the New York / New Jersey metro area, Gravity supports school districts across the country. She specializes in literacy, special education, curriculum, assessment, and learning with technology. Her work ranges from demonstrating lessons and leading workshops on balanced literacy to working with administrators developing curriculum and customizing professional development programs. She works in classrooms from pre-kindergarten through college and in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban.

Dr. Goldberg’s most recent books, Teach Like YourselfTeacher's Toolkit for Independent ReadingWhat Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction & Nonfiction (Corwin) and Mindsets & Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge (Corwin) have been met with great enthusiasm. They have allowed many teachers to make shifts in their practice creating positive impacts for their students. Gravity is co-author of the book, Conferring With Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth and Independence (Heinemann). These books show Gravity’s commitment to creating learning environments that are responsive and supportive of students, teachers and leaders alike.

​Dr. Goldberg studied at Boston College and Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing a doctorate in education in Curriculum and Teaching. Her focus on educational policy, school reform, and literacy education still guide her work to this day. She is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Reading Specialist (K-12). Gravity is a certified yoga teacher which allows her to bring elements of yoga to students and teachers, helping them find balance and focus in their work and lives.

Gravity taught in inclusive elementary classrooms, self-contained special education settings, and worked as a reading specialist for pre-K - grade 12. For four years she worked at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, directed by Lucy Calkins, as a staff developer in classrooms across the country. She led workshops, modeled lessons, and created curricula. In addition, she ran a series of workshops for special educators, led literacy coaching courses, and served as a faculty member at the renowned summer institutes.

 

Dr. Brian P. Chinni, TMI Education CEO/Founder and Literacy Alliance Co-Founder.

Brian has served the educational profession for 30 years as a teacher, school principal, district-level administrator, university professor, graduate program director, assistant dean, author and entrepreneur/consultant. In 1999, Brian established The Madison Institute (TMI), a New Jersey-based educational consultant and professional development firm serving K-12, higher education, and government agencies, both at home and abroad. Since its inception, TMI, under Brian’s leadership, has been integrally involved in many important federal- and state-wide educational collaborative initiatives with the New Jersey Department of Education, many national state-based Superintendents, Principals and Supervisors Associations, countless school districts and consortia throughout the state and the northeast, institutions of higher learning, and international ministries of education. In 2008, Brian joined Ramapo College of NJ (RCNJ) as the leading developer and Director of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) program, and professor of Educational Leadership. He currently serves as RCNJ Assistant Dean of Teacher Education/Certification Program and MAEL Program Director, CEO/Founder of TMI Education, and the Co-Founder of the TMI Education-Gravity Goldberg Literacy Alliance.

Brian has extensive expertise, professional experience, and a passion for educational leadership, organizational strategic visioning and planning, and authentic-based assessment, teaching and learning. 
 

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