All About Adolescent Literacy

All about adolescent literacy. Resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12.
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What's My School's Climate?

What's My School's Climate?

Decades of research support the role of a positive school climate on teaching and learning: "Positive school climate promotes student learning, academic achievement … and increased teacher retention."
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Back to School: Tips for Special Education Teachers

Tips for Special Education Teachers

View our top 10 list of back-to-school tips that we hope will make managing your special education program a little easier.
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The Importance of Reading Widely

The Importance of Reading Widely

Did you know that kids encounter new vocabulary, ideas, and worlds just by reading different genres? Find out how you can expose the young readers in your life to a wider variety of books!
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All Kinds of Families

All Kinds of Families

Too often TV and movies portray perfect families that teens can't relate to. Our list has books with relatable families -- dealing with real issues, large and small.
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How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read

How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read

You know that reading is important and you want to make sure that your teenager acquires all the skills she needs to succeed. Browse our suggestions for encouraging your teens to read.
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Featured Strategy

Featured Strategy: Power Notes

The Power Notes strategy teaches students an efficient way to organize information from assigned text. This technique provides students with a systematic way to look for relationships within the text. Power Notes help visually display the differences between main ideas and supportive information in outline form. Main ideas or categories are assigned a power 1 rating. Details and examples are assigned power 2s, 3s, or 4s.
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Featured Resource

Inference and Informational Text

Inferencing is something we do all the time, but often students don't realize this is a skill they naturally use. In this video module, 6th grade Language Arts teacher Jennifer Ramsey starts by using a simple photograph and asking her students identify all the information they can infer from the photo. Next step: the students work together to determine what they can infer from written passages.
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Featured Glossary Term

Connected Instruction

A systematic teaching method in which the teacher continually explains to students the relationship between what they have learned, what they're in the process of learning, and what they will learn in the future.
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Research & News

Yes, Skipping School Correlates With Low Test Scores — Now What?

In a new report from Attendance Works, researchers say they found a link between higher rates of student absenteeism and lower scores in reading and mathematics on a nationwide exam. It's a finding that isn't likely to surprise many people, least of all educators in America's public schools.
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