Academic Language Literacy: Developing Instructional Leadership Skills for Principals and Teachers

Academic Language Literacy: Developing Instructional Leadership Skills for Principals and Teachers

by Marjorie C. Ringler


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Academic Language Literacy: Developing Instructional Leadership Skills for Principals and Teachers by Marjorie C. Ringler

Marjorie C. Ringler describes a professional development framework to teach principals and teachers the value of Academic Language Literacy (ALL) as the key to academic success. Typically mainstream classroom teachers and principals do not purchase books solely on academic language literacy because they see this as the domain of the ESL teacher. Academic Language Literacy: Developing Instructional Leadership Skills for Principals and Teachers infuses this knowledge through a three pronged approach (content, context, and process) to effective professional development. This book addresses educators who are looking for a research based approach to improving academic success for students who come to school language deficient and deficient in the background knowledge necessary for success in school. An innovative approach to improving instruction illustrates that all teachers are language teachers if the language being taught is that of their content. Practical examples are included for instructional leaders to use when planning, implementing, and evaluating professional development. Teachers also get practical examples for integrating academic language literacy in all content areas. Strategies include both teaching and learning methods that promote academic language awareness and student-centered approaches.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475811094
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/21/2015
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Marjorie C. Ringler, EdD, is associate professor and director of the Master of School Administration Program in the Department of Education Leadership at East Carolina University. Her areas of research include academic language literacy, professional development, and instructional leadership.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Effective Professional Development: A Three-Prong Approach
Content: Academic Language Matters
·Conventions of Standard English
·Features of Academic Language
·So what is Academic Language?
Context: Creating Chief Education Officers (CE's)
·Am I a CEO or do I need to work on this?
Process: Job Embedded Coaching and Collaboration
·Phase One: Preparation and Planning
·Phase Two: Implementation and Reflection
·Phase Three: Capacity Building
Chapter 2. Content: What Comprises Academic Language Literacy (ALL)?
Components of Academic Language
·Process/Function Words
·Content Specific Vocabulary
Who needs Academic Language Literacy?
·Group #1. Native Speakers of English or Standard English Learners (SELs)
·Group #2. English Language Learners (ELLs)
How do we deliver Academic language Instruction?
An Overview of SIOP, CHATS and Six-Steps
Connecting the Dots: How do these three models overlap?
Chapter 3. Content: Specific Strategies for Academic Language Literacy
Strategies for a Linguistically Diverse Classroom
Academic Language Learning Strategies
·Vocabulary building oFour square oPersonal dictionaries oModified word walls oShades of meaning oRest in Peace (RIP)
oUsing Morphology
·Reading and Writing Strategies oSentence Frames oParagraph Frame oHOTS Strategy oBricks and Mortar oHierarchical Tree Map oSplit page note taking oGraphic organizers for note-taking or Deciphering text oGraphic Organizer for Concept Definition oError Correction Manual
Chapter 4. Context: Creating Chief Educational Officers (CE's)
Planning Professional Development that Impacts Instruction and Learning
Professional Development and Levels of Implementation
Professional Development and Sustainability
Booking Agent vs. CEO
CEO and School Change
Principal as CEO
School University Partnerships
·Partnering for School Change
·Characteristics of Effective School University Partnerships oCommon Goal oStakeholders oBuy in oCreating a Learning Community oLong term Commitment to Professional Development
Chapter 5. Implementation of Sustainable Professional Development
Phase 1: Preparation and Planning
·Collaborate with experts of ALL and professional development
·Select CEO team participants
·Clarify professional development outcomes
·Organizing monthly expectations
Phase 2: Implementation and Reflection
Phase 3: Capacity Building
Note from the authors
Chapter 6. Visualizing Change
Project CEO Summary
Participants and Professional Development: Tyrrell County
Professional Development Flexibility
Accomplishments and Outcomes
Teachers’ voices
Students’ voices
Principals’ voices
Author’s note

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