Literacy is the key to learning. This is recognized by the No Child Left Behind legislation, with its emphasis on early development of reading skills. But it is no less critical for older children whose learning of math, science, or social studies depends on appropriate literacy skills.
The Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory is a year-long, job-embedded professional learning experience for middle school and high school teachers of math, science, social studies, and English/language arts. The Collaboratory combines an initial face-to-face institute with year-long online learning activities.
Web site: /Collaboratory
In collaboration with the Center for Inquiry on Secondary Education (CISE) in Maine and the Center for Resource Management (CRM), The Education Alliance produced research-based resources that provide guidelines for planning, implementing, and sustaining adolescent literacy initiatives at the secondary level, and provided professional development that applied effective secondary literacy classroom practices in the subject areas.
The Alliance provided technical assistance to the Bridgeport Public Schools to develop and pilot a Classical Studies Academy. The program included a study of the arts and classics in a setting that is conducive to mastery of literacy and numeracy, and it served as a model to provide innovative learning opportunities for elementary students in low-performing schools.
The Rhode Island Writing Project, a program at Rhode Island College, contracted with The Education Alliance to evaluate the "New Approaches to Reading and Writing in the Secondary Content Areas" Project. Funded for four years by the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education, the Project engaged teachers from middle and high schools in Woonsocket, Providence, Warwick and North Providence, RI.
The New England Comprehensive Center (NECC) is one of 16 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support state education agencies in fulfilling the promises of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Headquartered at RMC Research Corporation of Portsmouth, NH, NECC is a partnership that has included the Alliance (2005-2010), Education Development Center, and Learning Innovations at WestEd.
Web site: http://necomprehensivecenter.org
The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) is one of 16 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to support state education agencies in fulfilling the promises of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Headquartered in New York City under the leadership of RMC Research, NYCC is a partnership that has included the Alliance (2005-2010), Education Development Center, Learning Innovations at WestEd, and the United Federation of Teachers' Teacher Center. The mission of the NYCC is to develop the capacity of the New York State Education Department and its networks and agencies to assist districts and schools in improving achievement outcomes for all students.
Web site: http://nycomprehensivecenter.org
Ready to Learn Providence (R2LP) contracted with The Education Alliance to conduct an initial evaluation of R2LP's work. R2LP is an initiative to improve the early learning opportunities for all children in Providence, RI while specifically focusing on the eight linguistically and culturally diverse neighborhoods exhibiting the greatest need.
The Springfield and Chicopee, MA school districts contracted with The Education Alliance to assess the impact on student achievement of the U.S. Department of Education's Striving Readers program, using a randomized control trial in five high schools. The objective is to test the effectiveness of Read 180 developed by Scholastic, Inc. and Xtreme Reading, part of the Content Literacy Continuum developed by the University of Kansas for high school students who are reading at least two years below grade level.
Voices from the Field was an online periodical produced from the Fall of 1999 through the Spring of 2002. The purpose of this free publication was to present issues from the perspectives of teachers experiencing change, challenges, and growth as education reform took shape. It was fully written and edited by public school teachers in the region.
Web site: /pubs/voices