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ERIC Number: EJ851782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
The Principal's Role in Literacy
Kinney, Patti
Principal Leadership, v9 n9 p56-57 May 2009
"Breaking Ranks II" and "Breaking Ranks in the Middle" both call for students to master "academically rigorous essential learnings" that have been established by the school, and students need a strong foundation in reading and writing if this is to happen. There is no doubt that literacy instruction in the early grades is an essential beginning, but once students enter middle level and high school, they must continue to develop their literacy skills. They must be able to discuss, debate, and defend their ideas. Unfortunately, when students most need support to reach these higher level skills, many schools stop providing literacy instruction. Middle level and high schools that truly wish to increase the literacy skills of their students must embrace the idea that "all" teachers need to know how to teach writing and reading in their subject areas. The schools must give teachers the training, support, and resources to provide that instruction. School leaders must ensure that effective literacy practices are incorporated into teaching across all content areas, including science, math, history, and the arts. For this to happen, educators must be able to collaboratively create and implement effective schoolwide adolescent literacy initiatives. "Creating a Culture of Literacy: A Guide for Middle and High School Principals" is an excellent resource for schools that want to improve their literacy efforts. The book guides school leaders through five areas for literacy focus: (1) leadership; (2) assessment; (3) professional development; (4) effective instruction; and (5) interventions.
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Book/Product Reviews; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A