Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Examining adolescent literacy

Standards for middle and secondary school literacy coaches

Faced with an influx of needy readers whose skills are inadequate forcontent mastery, teachers in middle and secondary schools need help. Adolescents today require high degrees of literacy in order to understand complex texts in a variety of media, covering a range of topics and subject areas.

One possible solution is to use a literacy coach. Literacy coaching, a model adopted by many successful Reading First programs, is highly targeted professional development.

Supporters say such coaching can be a very effective vehicle for improving reading skills. Educators identify literacy components in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies - in other words, across the curriculum.

Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches provides a guide for a complex intervention aimed at a new level of students.

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Malik said...

I like these innovative and decentralized approaches to tackling academic problems. Lord knows that the last thing we need is more mandates and testing. This approach addresses the issue at the grassroots.

Deb Sistrunk said...

Malik, thanks for stopping by and weighing in on this topic. Hopefully, we will see more and more instances of innovative instruction.

Jaimie said...

We have a reading coach at my school and God bless her-she has a huge task ahead of her. She barely has time in one day to meet with her small groups, on top of all of the other things she has to do. And of course, this is outside of what the regular classroom teacher is doing in her/his classroom.

Deb Sistrunk said...

It's great to hear from you on this one, Jaimie. It gives us a clearer picture of how literacy coaches work with classroom teachers. It sounds as if they always have a full plate, just as teachers do. Somewhere out there, literacy coaches are thankful for the comments you and Malik posted!

Ruben said...

It's a shame that literacy and having and education have become second to sports. I think parents definitely need to step up their role and do their parts.

DCS said...

Amen, Ruben! Maybe you can help us spread the word about the importance of parent involvement. Many parents fail to see that they are their children's first teachers. At the same time, I encourage schools to embrace parent engagement and to be more creative in defining what parent involvement is.