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Tackling Adolescent Literacy: A Six-Step Guide for A School-Wide Approach

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Adolescent Literacy

HANDOUT: Tackling Adolescent Literacy A Systematic Guide for a School-WIde Approach 

States and districts must confront the college- and career-readiness gap by improving literacy education for all students. However, a school-wide approach to adolescent literacy is complex, and implementing an effective plan to build the reading and writing skills of all adolescent learners can seem overwhelming. For the past 6 years, a statewide team in North Carolina has steadily developed supports for adolescent literacy in various sites across the state using SIM as the key linchpin to foster school change. Members of the team will present their lessons learned regarding the vision, teamwork, and planning required to bring about change in schools. Presenters will introduce key components of a school-wide approach to adolescent literacy, including the role that SIM can play in an overall plan. Each participant will receive a booklet that includes guidelines, worksheets and tips for success. It also provides ideas to help schools identify their strengths and weaknesses in the area of literacy, create collaborative environments, and build professional development plans. Overall, the session will provide an opportunity for deep thought about ways to ensure that literacy instruction is an integral part of a school’s continuous improvement plan.

Learning Outcomes/Next Steps

1. Participants will learn six components of a school wide approach to adolescent literacy and be able to recognize the connections between the components.

2. Participants will frame essentials details related to each component.

3. Participants will identify specific action steps related to the components as it pertains to their districts/schools.

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