Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy

Practical Ideas for Literacy Leaders


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

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 students' 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 students' 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. "For Discussion" boxes provide statements and questions to generate discussion and to help you understand teachers' beliefs and current practices. You also will find practical protocols, strategies, guidelines, and more than 25 diagnostic tools that specifically address each issue.

© 2009 | 256 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-689-1

Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy

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