Currently accepting applications for:

  • One Bellingham High School English teacher
  • One Sehome High School English teacher



  • Gather advice regarding PreK-12 Literacy instruction that is focused on developing Readers and Writers and Effective Communicators as stated in the Bellingham Promise.
  • Meet two to three times a year to address issues related to literacy standards, instruction and assessment, and professional development needs.
  • Communicate findings to affected stakeholders.

Basis for Establishment:

  • To increase opportunities for teachers, principals and Department of Teaching and Learning to collectively collaborate around the development of readers, writers and effective communicators as stated in the Bellingham Promise.
  • To create an ongoing process for addressing standards, instruction and assessment decisions, alignment and communication regarding literacy instruction.
  • To advise regarding needs and priorities in literacy.

Decision-Making Process:

  • This group will make any necessary decisions based on a consensus of those present and primarily serve in an advisory capacity to Department of Teaching and Learning and the Superintendent.

Plan of Work:

  • Convene committee to understand the scope of the work of the year (and ongoing).
  • Understand how the Developing Readers, Writers and Effective CommunicatorsAdvisory group relates to other Teaching and Learning Advisory groups and the Bellingham Promise.
  • Review recent research on best practices in literacy.
  • Analyze current assessment data.
  • Examine current state, local and other related standards, assessments and instructional implications.
  • Collect feedback from staff, students and parents, as needed.


  • Rotating/staggered memberships: Three-year, two-year and one-year memberships will be established at each level, so that we can have an ongoing advisory group over time without losing momentum
  • Three elementary teachers: one PreK-1; one second or third grade teacher and one fourth or fifth grade teacher from across the system.
  • Four middle school teachers: one from each middle school. Ideally balancing for each grade level.
  • Four high school teachers: representing different schools.
  • Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning – Co-chair
  • Dawn Christiana, Director of Teaching and Learning– Co-chair
  • Total – Thirteen members-  Eleven teachers, two DTL Directors


  • Communicate and make public all meeting agendas and minutes
  • Director of Teaching and Learning shares outcomes with DTL team to surface potential impact on priorities across the system.


  • 2016-17 School Year: All meetings are 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the District Office.
    • March 29, 2017
    • May 24, 2017
  • 2015-16 School Year:
    • February 24, 4 to 6 p.m.
    • March 23, 4 to 6 p.m.
    • April 27, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Beyond: Teaching and Learning Advisory Group meets fall, winter and spring. Dates to be scheduled and communicated at the beginning of the school year.

Budget Implications:

  • The advisory group may recommend that a review committee be formed to address significant curricular needs.