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: 77.67 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.

Reading For Academic Success

Author: Richard W. Strong
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1483366251
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Through specific examples, real-life scenarios, and diagrams, this book vividly conveys the most fundamental and effective tactics for boosting reading proficiency while enhancing student and teacher performance.

Servant Leadership

Author: Dirk van Dierendonck
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230299180
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Servant-leadership may be the answer to the current demand for a more ethical, people-centred leadership where humility, servitude and contribution are key elements. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of current thinking and empirical research of the determinants, underlying processes and consequences of servant leadership.

Meeting The Challenge Of Adolescent Literacy

Author: Judith L. Irvin
Publisher: International Reading Assoc.
ISBN: 9780872076891
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"This practical text is essential for principals, literacy coaches, teacher leaders, and others responsible for literacy programs. Each chapter addresses a critical issue that middle and high school literacy leaders have said gets in the way of implementing a schoolwide plan for raising studentsѫ literacy achievement. These issues include: Setting up effective language and literacy development for English-language learners - Getting widespread, active support for a schoolwide literacy improvement effort - Developing teachers as potential leaders and mentors to their colleagues - Better understanding, valuing, and building on contributions that families and communities make to studentsѫ literacy development. Chapters are filled with concrete suggestions for implementing a plan, including using data, supporting teachers to improve instruction, building leadership capacity, and allocating resources to improve student literacy. أFor Discussionؤ boxes provide statements and questions to generate discussion and to help you understand teachersѫ beliefs and current practices. You also will find practical protocols, strategies, guidelines, and more than 25 diagnostic tools that specifically address each issue."--Publisher's website.

Informed Choices For Struggling Adolescent Readers

Author: Donald D. Deshler
Publisher: International Reading Assn
ISBN: 9780872074651
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Explains the instructional approach of forty-eight adolescent literacy programs and summarizes study findings on their effectiveness.

Action Research In Education

Author: Sara Efrat Efron
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 146250972X
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This accessible, pragmatic text shows educators step by step how to conduct classroom- and school-based studies to improve instructional practices. The book presents methods and strategies for implementing each stage of the action research cycle, providing balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Readers learn how to: select and define a research topic; develop a literature review; choose a design; formulate data collection strategies; design and/or evaluate assessment tools; and interpret, analyze, and report study results. Helpful examples and vignettes depict a variety of real-world teaching and learning situations, school subjects, and age groups (PreK-12). Pedagogical Features *Exercises and activities in every chapter. *Checklists, guidelines, and templates that enable busy educators to self-assess the progress and quality of their studies. *Example boxes illustrating the components of an action research report. *Summary tables highlighting key aspects of different research strategies. *Chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading.

Leaders Of Their Own Learning

Author: Ron Berger
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118655443
Size: 59.29 MB
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From Expeditionary Learning Schools comes a proven approach to student assessment Leaders of Their Own Learning offers a new way of thinking about assessment based on the celebrated work of Expeditionary Learning Schools across the country. Student–Engaged Assessment is not a single practice but an approach to teaching and learning that equips and compels students to understand goals for their learning and growth, track their progress toward those goals, and take responsibility for reaching them. This requires a set of interrelated strategies and structures and a whole–school culture in which students are given the respect and responsibility to be meaningfully engaged in their own learning. Includes everything teachers and school leaders need to implement a successful Student–Engaged Assessment system in their schools Outlines the practices that will engage students in making academic progress, improve achievement, and involve families and communities in the life of the school Describes each of the book′s eight key practices, gives advice on how to begin, and explains what teachers and school leaders need to put into practice in their own classrooms Ron Berger is Chief Program Officer for Expeditionary Learning and former public school teacher Leaders of Their Own Learning shows educators how to ignite the capacity of students to take responsibility for their own learning, meet Common Core and state standards, and reach higher levels of achievement. DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e–book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Walking The Equity Talk

Author: John Robert Browne II
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 141299781X
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For educational leaders serious about ending student outcome disparities, Culturally Courageous Leadership can empower all school stakeholders to ensure that equity initiatives are successful.

Understanding And Using Reading Assessment K 12

Author: Peter Afflerbach
Publisher: International Reading Assoc.
ISBN: 0872078310
Size: 80.42 MB
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Now in a revised second edition, this comprehensive resource provides the guidelines you need to best conceptualize assessment that benefits all students, as you understand and use reading assessment. Framed in relation to the educational, social, and political factors that exert varied degrees of influence upon reading assessment, chapters focus on a particular type of assessment to familiarize you with the range of available assessments. Using assessment well demands knowledge and vigilance. Therefore, each chapter uses the CURRV framework as an organizing principle to help you consider the consequences, usefulness, roles and responsibilities, reliability, and validity of each assessment. The second edition has been thoroughly updated with (1) new research and information on major national and international reading assessments, (2) information on the Common Core State Standards to show how existing assessments can describe and support complex acts of reading, and (3) a chapter on RTI and early reading assessment to show how assessment and instruction can work together.