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Scholastic and the National Association of Secondary School Principals Collaborate on Foundations of Adolescent Literacy Program

Posted Sep 28, 2006
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Scholastic Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) have announced they are collaborating to bring research-based online professional development in literacy leadership to middle and high school principals through the Foundations of Adolescent Literacy program.

Scholastic Red Professional Development has developed the Foundations of Adolescent Literacy Program, a suite of online professional development courses to help middle school and high school teachers, literacy coaches, and principals meet the literacy needs of striving readers. The suite includes the following:

* a course for all middle and high school teachers, Strategies for All Secondary Teachers
* a course for secondary literacy coaches, Supporting Secondary Teachers in Literacy Instruction
* a new course for principals and school leaders, Leading a Literacy-Focused School.

 The faculty on Leading a Literacy Focused School includes Dr. Mel Riddile, 2006 MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year, and Dr. Melvina Phillips, NASSP consultant for Literacy and Professional Development and author of Creating a Culture of Literacy, a landmark publication from NASSP on middle and high school literacy reform.

Foundations of Adolescent Literacy, along with all Scholastic Red courses, is aligned to national and state professional development standards and correlated to all major reading programs. Teachers, coaches, and principals complete online lessons and then come together in facilitated study groups to reflect on their learning, share student work, and practice strategies modeled in the courses by master practitioners. Scholastic Red courses are accredited by Red's university partners for graduate credit. More than 20,000 teachers in over 300 school districts have participated in Scholastic Red Professional Development.

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Source: Scholastic,; National Association of Secondary School Principals,

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