COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 231

October 26, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Development of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) Adolescent Literacy Toolkit for High School Teachers

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to have been a partner in the development of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) Adolescent Literacy Toolkit. Developed by CCSSO and multiple partners, this toolkit can be used as a resource to develop the skills and knowledge of content-area high school teachers to implement adolescent literacy best practices and strategies in their classrooms.

 

The adolescent toolkit is available on CCSSOs website at: http://www.ccsso.org/projects/secondary%5Fschool%5Fredesign/Adolescent%5FLiteracy%5FToolkit/

 

Tools on the site include sample lesson plans for content-area teachers and a literacy resource guide. This guide is aimed at helping high school teachers learn how to use literacy strategies as an essential means to help students master core content. The toolkit provides concrete suggestions for supporting all students as they progress from learning to read, the focus of elementary school, to the reading-to-learn focus of high school core content classes. The guide also includes a framework for effective lesson plans and a template to assist with planning content-area lessons that incorporate before, during, and after reading strategies.

 

For more information please contact Tracy Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.

 

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