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Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Writing Successful Grants KnowledgeBase is an online resource aiding education professionals in their pursuit of public and private grants to support local programs. Its five elements contain information and resources that assist the grant seeker with developing their project, writing the grant proposal and managing the grant upon its award.

Task 2: Explore Literacy in Middle and High School

Guideline: It is important for district- and school-level educators to have an awareness of the nature of adolescent literacy development. Possessing such awareness enables middle and high school educators to develop effective instructional strategies.




Glossary of Reading Terms

This link is to the Literacy Information and Communication System website provides a glossary of reading terms.


Interview with Adolescent Literacy Expert Don Deshler

This link is to Public School Insights' telephone interview with Don Deshler, a leading expert on adolescent literacy. The interview can be listened to in its entirety or on a question-specific basis. Per the website, "Deshler discusses strategies for building schools' capacity to address the very specific needs of struggling adolescent readers."

Overview of Academic Literacy Instruction for Adolescents

This link is to an April 30, 2007, Center on Instruction (COI) Reading Strand video conference with Dr. Joseph Torgesen that provides an overview of the Center's "Adolescent Literacy Instruction for Adolescents: A Guidance Document." After clicking this link, scroll down the page to conference archives to access the video. The video's length is approximately 60 minutes.



Adolescent Literacy Walk-Through for Principals

This link is to a Center on Instruction (COI) guide for principals. As noted at the COI website, "This guide, designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively, can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school and with intervention groups or classes."


From State Policy to Classroom Practice: Improving Literacy Instruction for All Students

This National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) document addresses moving state-level literacy instruction policy to classroom practice.


Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices

This link is to a What Works Clearinghouse practices guide addressing adolescent literacy. The guide evaluates the strength of the research on actions teachers and literacy specialists can take to improve adolescent literacy. 


Improving Literacy Instruction in Middle and High School: A Guide for Principals

This link is to a Center on Instruction (COI) guide for principals. As noted at the COI website, "this 'quick start' guide for principals of both middle and high schools identifies three goals for secondary school literacy initiatives and provides elements of instruction required to meet these goals. It then outlines the critical elements of a school-level literacy action plan."


Interventions for Adolescent Struggling Readers: A Meta-Analysis with Implications for Practice

This Center on Instruction document provides educators research-based guidance for intervening with struggling adolescent readers.


NCTE Policy Research Brief: Adolescent Literacy

This link is to a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) policy research brief on adolescent literacy. This document addresses "causes of concern," "common myths about adolescent literacy," "understanding adolescent literacy" and "research-based recommendations for effective adolescent literacy instruction."


Reading at Risk

This link is to the National Association of State Boards of Education's (NASBE's) 2006 study group report on middle and high school literacy. The report lists concerns and outlines what states can do to address adolescent literacy. This report is particularly useful to state education agency leaders and staff members.