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Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders


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Literacy lies at the heart of student understanding and achievement. Yet too many educators mistakenly assume that the reading, writing, speaking, and thinking skills that students developed in elementary school are sufficient for the sophisticated learning tasks they face in middle and high school. The result? Disappointing test scores, high dropout rates, and students unprepared for higher education, citizenship, and the world of work.

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Integrating Literacy and Learning: Across the Content Areas

Integrating Literacy and Learning: Interventions for Struggling Readers and Writers

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Judith L. Irvin is a professor at Florida State University. Dr. Irvin's career includes chairing the Research Committee for the National Middle School Association for six years and serving as executive director of the National Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving middle and high school literacy. She has written and edited numerous books, chapters, and articles on adolescent literacy, most notably Reading and the High School Student: Strategies to Enhance Literacy (with Buehl & Klemp, 2007), Strategies for Enhancing Literacy and Learning in Middle School Content Area Classrooms (with Buehl & Radcliffe, 2007), and Teaching Middle School Reading (with Rycik, 2005). She is a speaker and consultant to school systems and professional organizations throughout the United States and served on the Commission on Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association and on the board of the National Middle School Association. She spent eight years as a middle and high school social studies and reading teacher. She can be reached at

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