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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

This book was developed for middle school, high school, and district leaders who want to help students improve their academic achievement through a focus on literacy. In it we describe a Leadership Model for Improving Adolescent Literacy whose components can and should be included in any literacy improvement effort to ensure that the effort is systemic and sustainable. The model is designed to illustrate how principals' traditional areas of responsibility, when seen through the lens of literacy, can be used to improve students' reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills and have a positive effect on student achievement.

In addition to principals, others involved in the effort—including literacy coaches, assistant principals, team leaders, and department chairs—will find the information, vignettes, suggestions, resources, and key messages in this book helpful as they work to improve students' literacy habits and skills. District-level leaders who need to understand and support school improvement efforts can use this book as a guide as they work with schools. Prospective school leaders will appreciate the discussion of the components of schoolwide change with a focus on literacy.

We have had extensive experience working with middle and high school educators across the United States and have learned a great deal from school leaders working to improve literacy in their schools. We have seen pockets of excellence where teachers . . .

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