Why is this topic important?
Literacy impacts many facets of adolescents' lives. Since 2000, many states, districts, schools, educational-support organizations, and foundations have identified improving adolescent literacy outcomes as a pressing need (Biancarosa & Snow, 2004; Bottoms, 2005; Kamil, 2003; Melzer 2001; National Association of State Boards of Education, 2006).
What resources can we suggest?
Lewis, K., McColskey, W., Anderson, K., Bowling, T., Dufford-Melendez, K., & Wynn, L. (2007). Evidence-Based Decisionmaking: Assessing Reading Across the Curriculum Interventions (Issues & Answers Report, REL-2007-No. 003). Washington, DC: US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast.
Williamson, J., McMunn, N., & Reagan, H. (2004). Tools for Providing Feedback in Reading: A Reading Assessment Handbook for all Teachers in Grades 3 – 12. Greensboro, NC: SERVE.
EBE Request #69 – Literacy Coaches in High School
EBE Request #131 - Provide a statewide scan of K–3 literacy initiatives in the Southeast
EBE Request #510 - What effective vocabulary enhancing programs are available for 2nd - 5th grade struggling readers?
Stepping Stones to Literacy Website
- Stepping Stones to Literacy is a resource developed by SERVE Center early childhood professionals and others who are interested in literacy development in the early childhood years. It contains information designed to help users understand how literacy develops during the years from birth to kindergarten entry and how caregivers and others can support optimal development. Stepping Stones is comprised of a series of brief articles on topics related to early literacy and child development, practical ideas on how to apply the information in the classroom, and additional resources that interested users can access for more in-depth information.
The Effectiveness of a Program to Accelerate Vocabulary Development in Kindergarten (K-PAVE) Study
C., Salinger, T., and Torgesen, J. (2008). Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices: A Practice Guide (NCEE #2008-4027). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.
Slavin, R.E., Lake, C., Chambers, B., Cheung, A., & Davis, S. (2009, January). Effective Beginning Reading Programs: A Best Evidence Synthesis. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education.
Slavin, R.E., Cheung, A., Groff, C., and Lake, C. (2008). Effective Reading Programs for Middle and High Schools: A Best Evidence Synthesis. Reading Research Quarterly, 43, 3, 290-322.
Slavin, R.E., Lake, C., Cheung, A., & Davis, S. (2008, September). Beyond the Basics: Effective Reading Programs for the Upper Elementary Grades. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University, Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education.