Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy

Strategies for Learning

Power Tools for Adolescent Literacy

Are there students in your classroom who have hit the reading wall? Studies indicate comprehension regresses in many students once they reach middle school. Teachers need the right resources in their classrooms for engaging students in reading. This book is a veritable encyclopedia of literacy strategies secondary teachers can apply to all content areas immediately. It integrates key strategies, research from top literacy experts, and proven intervention practices.

Balanced Assessment

From Formative to Summative

Balanced Assessment

Learn how to integrate formative and summative assessments seamlessly into instruction. The research, rationale, strategies, and examples provided in this book will help teachers develop their own repertoire of formative and summative assessments to monitor, grade, and make inferences about a student’s ability to meet standards and curriculum goals. Exercises at the end of each chapter provide opportunities to reflect and plan action steps.

How RTI Works in Secondary Schools

Building a Framework for Success

How RTI Works in Secondary Schools

Focusing on the unique response to intervention challenges faced by those working in a secondary school—including larger student and educator populations, curriculum specializations, a growing achievement gap, and more—the authors outline three imperative components of a successful RTI program and then provide action steps and examples illustrating how each component should surface within the different RTI tiers.

Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives

Comprehending, Analyzing and Discussing Text

Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives

Prompt students to become the sophisticated readers, writers, and thinkers they need to be to achieve higher learning. The authors explore the important relationship between text, learner, and learning. With an array of methods and assignments to establish critical literacy in a discussion-based and reflective classroom, you’ll encourage students to find meaning and cultivate thinking from even the most challenging expository texts.

Parents Assuring Student Success

Achievement Made Easy by Learning Together Second Edition

Parents Assuring Student Success

Ensure singleton teachers feel integrally involved in the PLC process. With this user-friendly guide, you’ll discover how small schools, full of singleton teachers who are the only ones in their schools teaching their subject areas, can build successful PL

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Action Steps for Schoolwide Success

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Directly linked with overall student achievement, graduation rates, and success in higher education, literacy is essential for reaching academic goals in a school or county. Adolescent literacy has become the focus of many school improvement efforts to meet the needs of secondary and high school students. Without the requisite expertise in literacy, administrators and other school leaders charged with literacy improvement initiatives need a systemic and sustained approach for improving student literacy and learning. Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy presents a concrete, user-friendly, and practical guide to developing, implementing, and monitoring a schoolwide or county-wide literacy action plan. Readers will find rubrics, tools, and processes developed and field-tested by the authors over more than 10 years of close work with schools across the country.

Socially Responsible Literacy

Teaching Adolescents for Purpose and Power

Socially Responsible Literacy

This book offers a new vision for teaching literacy to adolescents that moves beyond reading for its own sake and toward reading as a way to motivate students to connect with their world. The authors draw on the voices of adolescent readers to discover how teachers can encourage their students to explore their identities, face injustices, and contribute to their communities. Readers learn how to incorporate the core issues of a socially responsible pedagogy into their own curricula to support strong literacy skills across the content areas. Each chapter includes reflection questions that move the reader toward personal and professional development, along with classroom applications that provide specific strategies and ideas for engaging literacy projects. This dynamic book: Outlines a socially responsible pedagogy that will assist teachers in creating meaningful experiences to motivate even the most disengaged students, takes a critical approach to teaching and learning that recognizes the importance of explicitly addressing issues of power and identity, examines effective school-wide models that promote a climate of responsibility toward the larger society.

Tools for Matching Readers to Texts

Research-based Practices

Tools for Matching Readers to Texts

A guide to the different systems for determining text difficulty offers a review of recently developed applications such as Lexiles, as well as traditional readability formulas and systems for beginning readers and coverage of two electronic book matching programs, Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts.

Critical Literacy/critical Teaching

Tools for Preparing Responsive Teachers

Critical Literacy/critical Teaching

This book describes and documents an exciting new approach to educating literacy teachers. The authors show how to help teachers develop their own critical literacy, while also preparing them to accelerate the literacy learning of struggling readers. The text takes readers inside a literacy lab in a high-poverty urban elementary school, reveals the instructional approach in action, and provides many excellent examples of critically responsive teaching. Featuring a synthesis of several fields of theory and research, this book: illustrates teacher preparation and development as personal and social transformation - demonstrating that this process requires changing the ways teachers think about students, language, culture, literacy, learning, and themselves as educators; provides pedagogical tools - including the history of the innovative literacy lab, the context of the instructional interactions, and the transition from a university-based to a school-based project; and combines critical and accelerative literacy instruction, showing how teachers can accelerate the slowest developing readers in their classrooms and also build a sense of engagement for students with the social world.

Beyond the RTI pyramid

solutions for the first years of implementation

Beyond the RTI pyramid

Beyond the RTI Pyramid: Solutions for the First Years of Implementation addresses the need to deepen response to intervention efforts based on practical implementation issues and emerging research. RTI is used to ensure a successful learning experience for all students by targeting specific areas where students struggle and eliminating threats to learning and development. The author analyzes how RTI is implemented, how it functions, and its implications for general and special education teachers and students. He shows how to extend the RTI process to apply not just to reading, but also to math and to behavior, and further explains how to make RTI effective in middle and secondary schools. Using his experience in workshops with real schools implementing RTI, he outlines typical implementation issues and provides clear, straightforward guidance to classroom teachers on documenting the process, contacting parents, compliance with the law, and preparing for meetings to determine a student?s eligibility for special services. This resource also explains the changing role of speech language pathologists and other school staff.