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It’s About the Work: The Power of Protocols

To get better at our craft we need to reflect, and protocols allow us to reflect on our practice with our peers. Together we get better.

Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Learners with ALM

The Adolescent Literacy Model is easily adaptable for meeting the needs of Multilingual Learners in heterogeneous classrooms. As teachers strategically select ALM strategies for their lessons, they can simultaneously plan modifications for their students with limited English proficiency.

The Coach Is the Catalyst: Creating Conditions for Effective Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

The school-wide implementation of a core set of literacy practices in every classroom, regardless of content area, reinforced by activities planned to engage students in higher order thinking is the Adolescent Literacy Model (ALM). ALM was developed by the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning and is a model that can increase the effectiveness of teachers in order to bring about improvements in student outcomes in all five literacy processes (reading, writing, speaking,  listening, and viewing). Our work with schools to implement ALM is a three-year process of teacher professional learning; on-going, multi-layered coaching; a team approach to literacy leadership; and a focus on student outcomes. The foundation of this work is a multidimensional approach to and emphasis on coaching with the school literacy coach at the center. 

Teaching Critical Thinking

Teaching Critical Thinking

Research into critical thinking is clear that the skill can be taught and that it can be taught to young students as well. For CTL’s Postsecondary Success Skills Model, we use Robert H. Ennis’ (Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois and author of several...

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Artfully Connecting School and Home

Artfully Connecting School and Home

How can we forge family, community and school relationships to enhance students’ literacy learning? At-home literacy kits are one such way to engage families in rich literacy experiences and raise readers. Artful Reading on the Go is a resource to equip adults in supporting arts-integrated literacy experiences at home!

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Looking for More than the Right Answer

Looking for More than the Right Answer

Looking for more than the right answer yields discoveries about the deep thinking done by students in an elementary mathematics classroom. Routines such as Would You Rather and Notice and Wonder provide opportunities for all students to engage in mathematics.

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Adapting ALM for Gifted Learners

Adapting ALM for Gifted Learners

The Adolescent Literacy Model is easily adaptable for meeting the needs of gifted students in heterogeneous classrooms. As teachers strategically select ALM strategies for their lessons, they can simultaneously plan modifications for their students identified as academically gifted.

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Developing the Notetaking Skill

Developing the Notetaking Skill

Notetaking is an expectation for students beginning in the intermediate grades that increases at each level of schooling and work. Explicitly teaching the notetaking skill enhances student learning.

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Writing to Communicate in Mathematics

Students struggle to share what they know about mathematics through writing, and it should not be surprise to anyone that students feel uncomfortable writing about mathematics. As math teachers, most of us don’t write about mathematics routinely (if ever). We were not expected to write as students, so we don’t have a lot of experience writing, and we do not have much (again, if any) training in the writing process.

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