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ERIC Number: ED504584
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Reading and Writing Are Essential Skills for All Educational and Career Pathways
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
This newsletter focuses on the importance of reading and writing skills in all educational and career pathways. It includes a variety of strategies for integrating reading and writing skills across the curriculum--in academic, career/technical and fine arts courses--in ways that improve student achievement in reading and writing and in the content area. This issue asserts that if students cannot read and write for learning, they will struggle with--and potentially fail--the courses needed to graduate from high school and enter postsecondary education and careers. Many schools in the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW") network have implemented wall-to-wall literacy programs to strengthen reading and writing for learning in every academic and career/technical (CT) classroom. Other schools have designed programs to target the reading and/or writing weaknesses of particular groups of students. These schools know that literacy for learning is every teacher's responsibility in preparing students for success in a knowledge-based economy. Articles in this issue include: (1) Literacy Initiative Pays Off in Higher Achievement; (2) Focusing on Fun in a Schoolwide Literacy Campaign; (3) Training Helps Career/Technical Instructors Promote Literacy; (4) Urban School Takes Action to Promote Literacy; (5) All Teachers Take Responsibility for Increasing Literacy; (6) International Project Builds Literacy at Suburban School; (7) Teachers Increase Reading and Writing in All Classrooms; (8) Computer Students Gain Confidence through Inspirational Reading; (9) Focused Writing: Moving Beyond Spell Checker; (10) Students Select Favorite Formats for Reports; (11) Writing Program Raises Achievement on Graduation Test; (12) Portfolios Encourage Students to Upgrade Skills and Activities; (13) Preparing Teachers to Build Students' Reading, Writing and Learning Skills; and (14) School Increases Reading Skills for Job Success. [This newsletter of "best practices" in implementing the "High Schools That Work" ("HSTW"), "Making Middle Grades Work" ("MMGW") and "Technology Centers That Work" ("TCTW") school improvement models is based on presentations at the 22nd Annual "HSTW" Staff Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in July 2008.]
Southern Regional Education Board. 592 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5790. Tel: 404-875-9211; Fax: 404-872-1477; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Colorado; Georgia; Montana; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Texas; Uganda