White Paper

How to Build a Culture of Literacy that Accelerates Student Achievement

A Literacy First White Paper

Literacy First Whitepaper coverLiteracy is a student’s lifeline to opportunity, and fundamental to literacy is reading skill. Developing proficient, fluent readers requires proven instructional strategies for assessing students’ current performance, honing their decoding skills to the point of automaticity, and teaching them to acquire and apply meaning from text—all within a language-rich environment that promotes higher-order thinking. Creating this environment and developing literacy in all subject areas is the responsibility of the entire school, including teachers from all grade levels and disciplines.

In “How to Build a Culture of Literacy that Accelerates Student Achievement,” author Dr. Marcella L. Bullmaster-Day, Ed.D. examines how The Literacy First Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Leading incorporates these critical elements in a coherent, research-based, three-year framework designed to build the capacity and collective efficacy of school leaders and teachers to use literacy as the driving force for raising student achievement. This white paper sets forth the robust research base upon which the Framework was developed, explains how Literacy First enacts the research, and presents results data from Literacy First implementation in U.S. schools.

BullmasterDayPhotoCroppedAbout the Author

Dr. Marcella L. Bullmaster-Day is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Touro College Lander Center for Educational Research in New York City. She has worked as a teacher, principal, researcher, university professor, corporate executive, curriculum designer, and professional development consultant in urban educational contexts for over three decades. Dr. Bullmaster-Day served as Executive Director of Curriculum for Kaplan K12 Learning Services and was Program Chair for Kaplan University’s Graduate School of Education where she developed the conceptual framework and innovative online courses for the university’s Masters Degree in Education. Dr. Bullmaster-Day holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.