The School Administrator

April 2006

April 2006 Number 4, Vol. 63Adolescent LiteracyStrategic interventions for motivating struggling readers

Features

  • Triage for Struggling Adolescent Readers

    by Linda J. Diamond

    A systems approach offering intensive care for the most at-risk students and specialized attention for those with moderate literacy needs.

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  • Weaving the Threads of Literacy

    by Karen Tankersley

    How a concerted district approach with coherent strategies can strengthen adolescent readers.

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  • Strategic Interventions

    by Donald D. Deshler and Julie M. Tollefson

    A research-validated instructional model that makes adolescent literacy a schoolwide priority.

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  • Revamping Reading

    by John Van Pelt and Mary Ann Poparad

    The Waterloo, Iowa, district moves from a patchwork of programs to a coordinated curriculum and a coaching system to improve reading skills among elementary students.

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  • Instructional Coaching

    by Jim Knight

    Eight factors for realizing better classroom teaching through support, feedback and intensive, individualized professional learning.

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  • An Audit of Human Capital

    by Sandra Chavez

    Brought in by the Beaufort County, S.C., leadership as an expert on organization development, the author is working to create a work culture that dispense with the game of blame and contributes its energies to the business of learning. She started with an assessment of the school system’s work processes.

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Profile

    Ambitious Designs From Humble Beginnings by Jay P. Goldman


    Manuel J. Rivera earned an unusual second chance to lead the Rochester, N.Y., Public Schools. Now he’s the newly crowned 2006 National Superintendent of the Year.

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    Departments

    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Helping a Board Smell Sweet After Closing a School by Brad Hughes


    Decisions on the fate of school buildings are among the most arduous matters to land on the school board agenda.read more
    Focus

    Applying the ‘70s Rule’ for At-Risk Intervention by James P. Tenbusch


    One Illinois district’s intensive support for any student who falls below 70 percent on attendance, assignment completion and accuracy.read more
    Guest Columns

    I Didn’t Learn Pugilism in Superintendent School by Ivan J. Katz


    The day an out-of-control parent resorted to fisticuffs, the superintendent realized that graduate school training doesn’t provide all the basic leadership skills needed today.read more

    What the FDA Can Teach Us About Evaluating Programs by Francis K. Schrag


    Educational programs produce what John Dewey called “collateral learning.” School leaders cannot afford to ignore unintended side effects, which may take awhile to show up.read more
    People

    People


    AASA members’ comings and goings. Plus the Sidelight shines on an administrator with an artistic bent in handling glass.read more
    Tech Leadership

    Flirting With Disaster? by Lane B. Mills


    Natural disasters can wreak havoc with a school system’s technology and data collection unless educators prepare for the worst and practice what they create on paper.read more
    President's Corner

    The Missing Link in School Reform by David E. Gee


    While educational reformers often look to the CEOs of private industry for solutions to educational concerns, superintendents are not afforded the same recognition and respect in their own world.read more
    Executive Perspective

    Breaking Away by Paul D. Houston


    Drawing upon his latest favorite book, Mindfulness, AASA’s chief says the emphasis today on specified outcomes in schools tends to narrow the choices the learner has of looking at the world.read more
    Federal Dateline

    The Increasing Complexity of No Child Left Behind by Terri Duggan Schwartzbeck


    More than four years after the passage of NCLB, the law’s implementation has become more complicated than completing the IRS’ 1040 form.read more