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ERIC Number: EJ767090
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Helping Students Read to Learn
Davis, Deborah; Barton, Rhonda
Principal Leadership, v7 n1 p38-41 Sep 2006
Erin Rogers is on a mission to change teachers' minds. As a literacy coach at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, she advises other teachers on how to infuse literacy into lessons across the curriculum. It's not an easy job: many secondary school instructors see themselves as content experts and believe that teaching reading is best left to their elementary school colleagues. Rogers observed, "We're trying to change a paradigm and a way of thinking that not everyone's comfortable with moving to that quickly." At Skyview and in Vancouver School District's five other high schools, however, more teachers are starting to get on board because of an intensive districtwide literacy campaign. During the last four years, literacy classes have become as much a fixture in Vancouver high schools as biology, history, and math. Meanwhile, teachers of those core subjects are getting the tools they need--such as individual coaching, school-based study teams, and embedded professional development--to champion reading in their classrooms. This article discusses Vancouver schools' experiences, the strategies used in their programs, and others that are effective in improving literacy at the secondary level.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington