Resources and Strategies

Resources and Strategies 2021-07-05

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đź“‘Adaptable classroom strategies, sample text sets, discussion protocols, and word lists, for middle school and high school teachers, grounded in practice and disciplinary literacy research.

We have selected the most useful research-based and practice-friendly instructional strategies, sample text sets, discussion protocols, instructional word lists, and assessments for teachers in each subject area. These resources are available in MS Word and PDF document formats at our online resource library.

Responsive approaches to strategic instruction​

These resources are integrated with our hybrid teacher course. As part of the course, teachers will consider reasons for selecting strategies from our library for specific classes or texts, read about how other teachers used them on our online platform, rate them, adapt them, and pilot them in classes. Throughout participation in our program and beyond, teachers will have access to a wide range of digital resources on the platform that they can rate and review, and download in editable Word versions so that they can build off or adapt for their own classroom needs.

TEACHERS LOVE THAT COURSES INTEGRATE KEY STRATEGIES THAT THEY CAN ADAPT FOR THEIR STUDENTS. OUR WORK RESULTS IN MEASURABLE CHANGES IN CLASSROOM PRACTICES.

RESPONSIVE APPROACHES TO STRATEGIC INSTRUCTION

Example of an resource on our Learning Platform

Filter resources based on learning focus​

Filter resources based on learning focus

Filter resources based on learning focus

Our resources are organized around three high-level learning objectives: disciplinary thinking, document comprehension, and building knowledge across texts. We created these categories to align with breakthroughs in the science of reading and our specific instructional approaches. One area is related to an understanding of the purpose of reading which will largely be shaped by the discipline of the text; we call this disciplinary thinking. The next area is related to the skills used when reading a particular text (i.e., requisite background knowledge, vocabulary, understanding of authors' biases or purpose), we label these skills under the heading document comprehension. Lastly, skills related to what we do with the knowledge after we have finished reading (i.e., writing, discussion, etc.), we labeled under the heading knowledge building and application. On our learning platform, users can filter resources based on the categories.

Student feedback​

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Our resources have a QR code in the footer at the bottom. Students can scan the QR code, which will automatically bring them to a page to rate the resource using a simple student-friendly scale. Voting is anonymous, and the results are displayed under the resource on the learning platform right next to teacher ratings. We hope this will provide extra data for teachers to make informed decisions about instructions about how to adapt the resources for their students' needs.

Designing literacy strategies to support skilled reading​

From the science of reading to the art of teaching​

We have compiled a selection of our most popular classroom resources in the book version, Designing literacy strategies to support skilled reading. Teachers will also find practical advice in the book on how they can modify the strategies to fit their students' needs. It also covers theoretical considerations for teaching disciplinary literacy in middle and high schools.

Designing literacy strategies to support skilled reading

Book version

Learn more about our resources

We have made a handful of resources publicly available on our Learning Platform: https://learningways.org/resources/. To preview the full library (including resources for coaches and administrators), contact us for a trial account.
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