April 29, 2010

Educator's Voice aims to help struggling adolescent readers

Source: RA 2010
educator's voice vol 3

Don't be fooled by the title, "Expanding Literacy for Adolescents," which is tucked inside your RA packet.

The latest issue of Educator's Voice is not just for literacy educators: It offers content area teachers in grades 7-12 strategies to improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills in all academic subjects.

"There is no doubt students must understand academic texts in content subjects to succeed in secondary school," said NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira. "New York educators have observed that student performance on high-stakes assessments is frequently more a measure of reading ability than of content understanding."

Helping struggling adolescent readers is the idea behind the third volume of NYSUT's journal of best practices in education, featuring the work of NYSUT members. Articles include strategies that apply to all subjects, studies conducted by teachers with higher education partners and reports of action research projects conducted by teams of teachers.

Printed on recycled materials, the 104- page journal includes a variety of resources for educators, including useful websites. It will be posted online at www.nysut.org/educatorsvoice soon. Educator's Voice also includes a call for proposals for Volume IV, which will be devoted to integrating technology into pre-K-16 education.

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