Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Action Steps for Schoolwide Success


Judith Irvin, Julie Meltzer, Nancy Dean, and Martha Jan Mickler

This rich resource walks middle and high school literacy leaders through a comprehensive process for conceptualizing, initiating, and, most important, sustaining a schoolwide literacy learning program. The authors clearly know teachers and schools, and their reality-tested tools will prove invaluable in guiding and supporting middle and high school literacy leaders.
— Doug Buehl, Author, Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy provides educational leaders with a user-friendly and comprehensive planning process for developing a new literacy initiative—or for dramatically enhancing a current plan—that has the power not only to raise student performance levels but also to positively impact graduation rates, employability, and higher education success.

Using a five-stage framework that has been field-tested nationwide for more than a decade, the authors provide an array of resources to guide in-depth planning, implementation, and monitoring to ensure sustained results, supported by examples from literacy-rich schools, checklists and assessments, and a glossary of terms. Each stage in the process builds upon a school or district's existing capacities and focuses on six detailed rubrics that can be implemented at every stage to help ensure long-term success:

  • Student motivation and engagement
  • Literacy across the content areas
  • Literacy interventions
  • Literacy-rich environment, policies, and culture
  • Parent and community involvement
  • District support of school-based efforts

Helping educators build the critical skills in students for communicating and making meaning within an increasingly complex world, this book shows how a sustained focus on literacy can serve as a powerful lever for school improvement.

© 2010 | 248 pp.
IRA stock no. 9311
Copublished with Corwin Press

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