Literacy First at the middle/high school level is a much needed, powerful professional development model that forces us to examine our teaching and provides us with consistent language, strategies, and focus in all of the content areas.
—Kathy Coley, Superintendent, Glenpool Public Schools, Oklahoma
Content-Area Academic Achievement
How It Works:
Research-based and built on best practices, the Literacy First Framework is designed to strengthen instruction in all subject areas and create a lasting culture of literacy throughout the school. When implemented with fidelity, the Literacy First Framework ensures that students in grades 6-12 are better prepared to master the rigors of more complex and higher-level content area material. The professional development and job-embedded coaching focuses on the following key areas:
- Academic Learning Time
- Anatomy of a Lesson
- Acquisition of Academic Vocabulary
- Comprehension Skills
- Strategic Reading Tools
- Strategies for Complex Text
- Metacognition and Textual Evidence
In addition, teachers learn how to provide differentiated instruction to small groups of students with similar instructional needs, and to use effective management tools, including detailed checklists to monitor fidelity of implementation, a strategic plan, the delivery evaluation rubric, observation tools, and other useful resources. Through model lessons, Literacy First consultants demonstrate how teachers can use these powerful strategies in all content areas. The result: more and more students reading at or above grade level in all content area classes.