Angela Maiers Panel Discussion on Adolescent Literacy

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Date: Monday, October 19th, 2009
1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 8pm GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
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From Angela Maiers' Blog:

We Need Your Voice! : Adolescent Literacy Panel

A consistent rally cry heard throughout educational conferences and conversations is the need for more teacher input into future education policy and practice. Those on the front line know best about what our children need, but have far too few options to share their suggestions and concerns with the researchers and policy makers BEFORE the decisions are made.

I am thrilled to see this beginning to change. I am very honored and excited to present to all those concerned about adolescent literacy and learning an opportunity to share your thoughts and concerns with the team at The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the members from the TIme to Act Adolescent Literacy Panel for a discussion of their groundbreaking report set to shape the upcoming agenda for literacy reform and initiatives.

On October 19, panel members will be highlighting the major themes and outcomes of their findings and welcome your input and suggestions as they move forward in their recommendations. I have provided their bios to help guide you as you submit your thoughts and questions. You can share you questions here or to send then to me via Twitter at @angelamaiers.

If you have not had a chance to do so, I urge you to take at look at this amazing body of research. The full report, Time to Act, as well as the five corresponding reports, which delve deeper into how to advance literacy and learning for all students, including such topics as the cost of implementing adolescent literacy programs and reading in the disciplines: (See Angela's original post for all links.)

Reading in the Disciplines: The Challenges of Adolescent Literacy, by Carol D. Lee Ph.D. and Anika Spratley, Northwestern University
Adolescent Literacy Development in Out of School Time: A Practitioner's Guide, by Elizabeth Birr Moje and Nicole Tysvaer, University of Michigan
Measure for Measure: A Critical Consumer's Guide to Reading Comprehension Assessments for Adolescents, by Leila Morsey, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Michael Kieffer, Teachers College, Columbia University; Catherine Snow, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Adolescent Literacy Programs: Costs of Implementation, by Henry M. Levin, Doran Catlin, and Alex Elson, Teachers College, Columbia University
Adolescent Literacy and Textbooks: An Annotated Bibliography, by Michael Kamil, Stanford University

Panel Member Bios:

Mel Riddile – Teacher and principal quality, i.e. Riddile is an advocate and ambassador for teachers and principals. Mel joined the staff of the National Association of Secondary School Principals in July 2008, after a distinguished career as the principal of J. E. B. Stuart High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, and T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Riddile was the 2006 National High School Principal of the Year and was the 2005 Virginia High School Principal of the Year. His work as a high school principal and as a leader in the field of adolescent literacy has received both national and international recognition from National Geographic Magazine, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the International Baccalaureate of North America. Dr. Riddile is a recognized leader in efforts to reinvent America's high schools

Catherine Snow – Literacy Advocate, expert on language and literacy development in children, Catherine has chaired two national panels: the National Academy of Sciences committee that prepared the report "Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children," and the Rand Reading Study Group that prepared "Reading for Understanding: Toward an R&D Program in Reading Comprehension." Her research activities include a longitudinal study of language and literacy skills among low-income children who have been followed for 15 years since age three; following the language development of young children participating in the Early Head Start intervention; studying the vocabulary development of first- and second-language learners; and considering aspects of transfer from first to second language in the domains of language and literacy. Her book, Preparing Our Teachers: Opportunities for Better Reading Instruction, is one of several efforts she is involved in to develop consensus among teacher-educators about what pre- and in-service elementary teachers need to know about language and literacy. Snow has also written about bilingualism and its relation to language policy issues such as bilingual education in the United States and in developing nations, and about testing policy. She is currently involved in efforts to improve middle-school literacy outcomes, in partnership with other Boston area researchers and the Boston Public Schools.

Don Deshler – Special education. Don is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research (CRL) on Learning at the University of Kansas. The research and development (R & D) of the CRL focuses on the validation of academic and social strategies for struggling adolescent and on alternative ways to structure secondary schools to improve academic outcomes. Since its inception in 1978, the CRL has completed in excess of $180 million in contracted R & D. Among the awards Deshler has received are the Gene A. Budig Teaching Professorship in Special Education, the J. E. Wallace Wallin Award from CEC, the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, the Higuchi Research Achievement Award, the Distinguished Education Achievement Award from National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the Educator of the Year Award from Learning Disabilities Association.

Carnegie Corporation of New York: Time to Act pinpoints adolescent literacy as a cornerstone of the current education reform movement, upon which efforts such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act must be built. The report's recommendations intersect with the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competitive grant guidelines with their emphasis on standards and assessments, data systems, great teachers and leaders, and re-engineering struggling schools.

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Gracias por su interes de conmpartir con los profesores del mundo su iniciativa. Sigamos actuando para el cambio de nuestros pueblos. Es especial estoy interesada en iniciar programas para mejorar lograr la reinsercion a la escuela de miles de adolescentes que abandonan sus estudios por la necesidad de trabajar.
Angela--There is NO ONE I'd rather see leading this discussion than you! Please continue to ask the hard questions and shine the light down this path for educators!


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