ERIC Number: ED489513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 33
Is Your School Fit for Literacy? 10 Areas of Action for Principals
Gaffney, Janet S.; Hesbol, Kristina; Corso, Laurie
Learning Point Associates / North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL)
The goal of this document is to provide a scheme that may be used by principals, literacy leaders, and school teams to take stock of the literacy health of their school. The assessment may show that the school is fit on most factors, or that a boost is needed in several areas. Most importantly, as with physical fitness, is to determine priorities and a starting place. In terms of literacy fitness, we have emphasized the need to enroll others as equal partners and the importance of making decisions based on data. Lambert (2005) found that principals and teachers in schools with sustained improvement had progressed through three phases of development: instructive, transitional, and high capacity. While the principal takes the lead and demonstrates strength in the instructive phase, the leadership roles of teachers expand as they negotiate the transition phase. In schools with high leadership capacity, the leadership roles of principals and teachers are less distinguishable and more reciprocal. Following an introduction, this document is divided into the following chapters: (1) Make It Personal and Take It Personally (or, You've Decided to Get Fit); (2) Encourage Talking, Then Listen (or, Check Your Pulse); (3) Take Stock of What Is Good (or, Identify Your Strong Points); (4) Prepare Yourself (or, You Don't Run a Marathon on the First Day); (5) Enroll a Literacy Design Team (or, Work Out with Buddies); (6) Promises We Will Keep (or, It's Not Just About Willpower); (7) Setting Annual Goals (or, Set Your Fitness Goals); (8) Structure the Day to Support Literacy Learning (or, Commit Time for Exercise in Your Daily Schedule); (9) Professional Development (or, Maintaining Your Progress); and (10) Family Involvement (or, Enlist the Rest of Your Family in Healthy Options).
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Teacher Role, Literacy Education, Teamwork, Evaluation Methods, Educational Needs, Administrator Role, Faculty Development, Family Involvement
Learning Point Associates/North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1120 East Diehl Rd., Suite 220, Naperville, IL 60563-1486. Tel: 630-649-6500; Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free); Fax: 630-649-6734; Web site: http://www.ncrel.org/.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.