Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders

Overview

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 nationwidemake this an indispensable guide for principals, central office administrators, literacy coaches, department chairs, and other school leaders committed to helping students succeed.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940043634771
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eTextbook
  • Pages: 268
  • File size: 7 MB

Table of Contents


Preface     v
Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
Goals
Student Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement     27
Integrating Literacy and Learning: Across the Content Areas     51
Integrating Literacy and Learning: Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers     75
Sustaining Literacy Development: School, Parent, Community, and District Support     97
Action Steps
Develop and Implement a Schoolwide Literacy Action Plan     117
Support Teachers to Improve Instruction     144
Use Data to Make Decisions About Literacy Teaching and Learning     158
Build Leadership Capacity     178
Allocate Resources to Support Literacy     200
Conclusion     220
Four Vignettes     222
Glossary     232
Tools for Leaders Taking Action     237
Resources for Further Learning     244
Research References     253
References     257
Index     262
About the Authors     267
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