Taking Action On Adolescent Literacy

Author: Judith L. Irvin
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 141660541X
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Literacy lies at the heart of student understanding and achievement. Yet too many educators mistakenly assume that the reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills that students developed in elementary school are sufficient for the sophisticated learning tasks they face in middle and high school. The result? Disappointing test scores, high dropout rates, and students unprepared for higher education, citizenship, and the world of work. Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders presents a structured approach to using literacy as a lever for overall school improvement. Literacy instruction is not an "add-on," authors Judith L. Irvin, Julie Meltzer, and Melinda Dukes insist; it's an ongoing essential. All adolescent students, no matter what their level of achievement, can benefit from direct instruction in reading, writing, speaking, and thinking. And all secondary school leaders can improve students' literacy and learning by following the five action steps outlined in this book: (1) develop and implement a literacy action plan, (2) support teachers to improve literacy instruction, (3) use data to make curricular decisions, (4) build capacity for shared leadership, and (5) creatively allocate resources to support the literacy plan. The book also offers strategies to help educators integrate literacy and learning across the content areas, provide targeted interventions for students who are struggling the most, and develop a supportive school environment that involves parents, community members, and district leaders. Practical tools, helpful resources, and vignettes based on the authors' extensive work in school districts nationwide make this an indispensable guide for principals, central office administrators, literacy coaches, department chairs, and other school leaders committed to helping students succeed.

Taking The Lead On Adolescent Literacy

Author: Nancy Dean
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412979803
Size: 46.89 MB
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Directly linked with overall student achievement, graduation rates, and success in higher education, literacy is essential for reaching academic goals in a school or county. Adolescent literacy has become the focus of many school improvement efforts to meet the needs of secondary and high school students. Without the requisite expertise in literacy, administrators and other school leaders charged with literacy improvement initiatives need a systemic and sustained approach for improving student literacy and learning. Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy presents a concrete, user-friendly, and practical guide to developing, implementing, and monitoring a schoolwide or county-wide literacy action plan. Readers will find rubrics, tools, and processes developed and field-tested by the authors over more than 10 years of close work with schools across the country.

Building Content Literacy

Author: Roberta L. Sejnost
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1452271372
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This guide presents research-based strategies that enable secondary teachers to increase adolescent learning while meeting standards by incorporating reading, writing, and critical thinking into content instruction.

Best Practices In Adolescent Literacy Instruction Second Edition

Author: Kathleen A. Hinchman
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462515347
Size: 78.77 MB
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An authoritative teacher resource and widely adopted text, this book provides a comprehensive overview of adolescent literacy instruction in the era of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Leading educators describe effective practices for motivating diverse learners in grades 5-12, building comprehension of multiple types of texts, integrating literacy and content-area instruction, and teaching English language learners and struggling readers. Case examples, lesson-planning ideas, and end-of-chapter discussion questions and activities enhance the utility of the volume. New to This Edition *Extensive CCSS content incorporated throughout the book. *Chapters on disciplinary literacy, text complexity, and differentiated instruction. *Chapters on academic language, writing instruction, history and English/language arts classrooms, and coaching.

Teaching Students To Read Like Detectives

Author: Douglas Fisher
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1935543547
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Prompt students to become the sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers they need to be to achieve higher learning. The authors explore the important relationship between text, learner, and learning. With an array of methods and assignments to establish critical literacy in a discussion-based and reflective classroom, you’ll encourage students to find meaning and cultivate thinking from even the most challenging expository texts.

Using Data To Focus Instructional Improvement

Author: Cheryl James-Ward
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416614842
Size: 79.79 MB
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Data. Does the word make you cringe? Does it evoke feelings of guilt? Are you unsure how to distill it and use it effectively? Grab this book and learn how to empower yourself and your school community with information gleaned from your school's data. Experienced educators and authors offer simple instructions that can help focus school improvement efforts and result in increasing teacher expertise--a factor that positively affects the quality of life for students long after they have left the classroom. Accepting responsibility for such far-reaching influence requires educators to adopt instructional improvement as a standard by which a school needs to operate and as a means to collaborate and interact with one another. More than that, though, instructional improvement is an important component of successful schools. Learn how to improve instruction by * Collecting the right data--the right way. * Incorporating relevant data into everyone's daily life. * Resisting the impulse to set brand-new goals every year. * Never settling for "good enough." * Anticipating changes--big and small, local and federal. * Collaborating and avoiding privatized practice. * Involving all stakeholders in identifying problems, setting goals, and analyzing data. * Agreeing on what constitutes high-quality instruction and feedback. The challenge is to understand that data--not intuition or anecdotal reports--are tools to be used in getting better at teaching students. And teaching students effectively is what schools are all about. Following the guidance in this book, overcome uncertainty and concerns about data as you learn to collect and analyze both soft and hard data and use their secrets for instructional improvement in your school.

What We Know About

Author: Elizabeth Shellard
Publisher: Editorial Projects in Education Incorporated
ISBN: 9781939864000
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Good classroom management supports good instruction. Just as important, instruction that actively engages students' attention and efforts decreases the incidence of student misbehavior. This book discusses the link between instruction and management, describes daily routines that contribute to a smoothly run classroom, and talks about the how-to's of dealing with problem behavior. Finally, it discusses the key role a schoolwide approach to behavior management can play in helping staff and students establish an environment in which good behavior is the norm.

Literacy Leadership Teams

Author: Pamela S. Craig
Publisher: Eye On Education
ISBN: 1596671254
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In Literacy Leadership Teams: Collaborative Leadership for Improving and Sustaining Student Achievement, Pamela Craig, a veteran English teacher and a vice-president of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, focuses on practical ways for school leaders to establish school-based literacy leadership teams. She carefully outlines each step of the process so that readers will be able to create and sustain literacy leadership teams at their own schools. Craig provides insights and tools designed to bring teachers, administrators, and other members of the school community together to set and achieve goals for improving student achievement in literacy.

Adolescent Literacy Research And Practice

Author: Tamara L. Jetton
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781593850227
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This much-needed book is the first applied research book on adolescent literacy. It addresses the role of literacy instruction in enhancing content area learning, and fostering student motivation and success well beyond the primary grades. The unique literacy needs of middle school and secondary students are thoroughly examined and effective practices and interventions identified. Reviewing the breadth of current knowledge and with contributions from some of the most prominent scholars in the field, important topics are covered such as: * how literacy skills develop in grades 5-12 * ways to incorporate literacy learning into English, social studies, math, and science * struggling adolescent readers and writers: what works in assessment and intervention * special challenges facing English language learners and culturally diverse students * implications for teacher training, policy, and future research.