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Adolescent Literacy Resources Now Available

January 4, 2010

Online: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices, a webinar featuring Professor Michael Kamil and co-sponsored by NECC and the Regional Educational Laboratory—Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) last month, is now available.

In the webinar, Professor Kamil discusses recommendations from the Institute of Education Sciences' practice guide on adolescent literacy, for which he served as chair. He is followed by a panel discussion by three educators and policymakers—Bill Clarke, a middle-high instruction dean from Providence, Rhode Island, Deb Wiswell of the New Hampshire Department of Education's Bureau of Accountability, and Christine Nola, an assistant high school principal in Yonkers, New York.

Downloadable materials available with the webinar include the IES practice guide, New Hampshire's Conceptual Framework for adolescent literacy, and four REL-NEI reports: one on five states' efforts to improve adolescent literacy, another describing foundational skills interventions for struggling middle grades readers in four urban school districts, a discussion of strategy instruction for struggling high school readers, and a collection of evidence-based resources on adolescent literacy.

Cerelle Morrow of NECC moderated the event and Naomi Hupert of the REL-NEI facilitated the panel. More than 150 people participated in the two-hour webinar.