“Fills a niche for content teachers who teach reading strategies, particularly in light of the standards movement.”
— Christene Alfonsi, Teacher, Fairfield High School, OH
“From a fairly concise book, teachers get an important overview about a ‘system’ approach to literacy. All teachers get specific tools and strategies and some very useful information that could change their paradigm along the way.”
— Allyson Burnett, Instructional Interventionist, Alief Hastings High School, Houston, TX
Put a strong literacy system in place to improve student achievement!
In contrast to the primary grades when children are learning to read, students in grades 4 through 12 are expected to learn content as they read, yet they may still struggle with reading basics. Improving Reading, Writing, and Content Learning for Students in Grades 4–12 provides a realistic and systematic process for improving reading and writing while enhancing content knowledge and skills.
Based on proven evidence in multiple schools over a 10-year period, this excellent new resource presents specific strategies and successful examples that educators can immediately implement to improve day-to-day classroom success, while also boosting the success rate on standardized assessments. Aligned with the National Reading Panel Report, this book helps teachers focus on:
Creating a classroom community that is academically and psychologically safe for learning; Responding to non-negotiable expectations of daily practice; Building vocabulary, reading comprehension, and higher-order and critical thinking skills; Developing fluency in reading; Engaging families and the community
Teachers can create the best environment and instructional experience for all students to maximize literacy learning and standards-based achievement. This outstanding book will be a source of reflection for continuous improvement!
Chapter 7: Engaging Parents and Community in Literacy Learning
Engaging Parents and Community in Literacy Learning
Students whose parents are involved in the academic school experience tend to be good readers and are successful in school. Even for those who struggle and perhaps read below grade level, if their parents are involved in school, then parents provide a support system to ensure achievement. Consistent research suggests that parent and community involvement enhances student achievement (Henderson & Mapp, 2002) and is the basis for encouraging teachers, districts, and schools to include it in their fail-safe literacy systems. When follow-up monitoring takes place, it becomes clear that involving parents and community in literacy learning receives less attention than other components of the fail-safe literacy system. In a district of 35,000 that I have worked with to improve literacy, the literacy coaches ...