8:30 am – 11:00 am EDT Resources for the Future Washington, DC
How can America’s secondary schools turn things around for the millions of students who read and write below grade level? What can these schools do to help greater numbers of adolescents develop the literacy skills they need to succeed in college and to thrive in the 21st century workplace?
One of today’s most popular and promising strategies is to invest in literacy coaches—veteran teachers charged with coordinating literacy instruction across a school or district, helping colleagues teach reading and writing more effectively, assessing students and more. But is this strategy working? Are literacy coaches making a difference?
The event featured an informative look at how one school system—Pasadena Unified School District in California—has successfully implemented a districtwide model of literacy coaching. Discussions were candid and lively, with speakers addressing the real-world challenges that local reformers must confront, and which beg important questions about the national movement to improve adolescent literacy.
I. Welcome Audio (MP3)*
Vice President, External Relations Alliance for Excellent Education
II. Presentations Audio (MP3)*
Secondary Literacy Coordinator, Pasadena (CA) Unified School District
Senior Consultant, The Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE)
III. PowerPoint Presentation
IV. Response Audio (MP3)*
Elizabeth Primas, Director of Literacy, Washington, DC Public Schools
V. Question & Answer Audio (MP3)*