ERIC Number: ED467655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Literacy Instruction: Building Successful Reading and Writing Programs.
Langer, Judith A.
This book focuses on middle school and high school literacy programs that effectively support student learning in an era of national and state standards and high-stakes testing. The book offers a programmatic vision, a set of principles, and real-life examples to guide educators who wish to inform their practice with research-based knowledge to help their students to become more highly literate. Drawing on the author's 5-year study of classes in 25 schools that are attempting to improve student learning, the book discusses the essential features of teachers' professional experiences and of curriculum and instruction that mark the more effective programs. By studying each school for 2 years, the book examines both teachers' professional lives and students' learning experiences and identified the pivotal elements that empower the best-performing teachers and schools, where high test scores are part of overall achievement in active student learning. The book is divided into two main sections: first it discusses key characteristics of effective English programs--the kind of English curriculum and instruction that mark the more effective programs, as well as the related features of professional support empowering individual teachers who are effective in their classrooms; and second, field researchers who worked with the author provide portraits of particularly effective teachers and programs to bring the principles to life. Chapters in the book are: (1) Effective Literacy Programs; (2) Effective English Instruction in Middle School and High School; (3) Teachers' Professional Lives in Effective Schools; (4) Effective Teachers in an Urban District (Steven D. Ostrowski); (5) An Effective Teacher in a Newcomers' School (Ester Helmar-Salasoo with Sally Jo Bronner and Paola R. Bonissone); (6) Rich Webs of Professional Support in a Suburban District (Eija Rougle); and (7) Creating the Educational Culture within Which Students Learn. Appendixes contain brief descriptions of each school that participated in the Excellence in English Project; a list of 12 related reports from the project; and an activity guide for the Motion Team at International High School. (Contains 6 tables, 17 notes, and 53 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, English Curriculum, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Teacher Role, Writing Instruction
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.