ALP - About

ALP begins with a summer institute where literacy strategies applicable for all content areas are modeled and practiced. Each participating educator begins the development of a literacy action plan during the summer institute. ALP is sustained throughout the year by collaboration with the university facilitator as teachers implement their literacy action plan. This can include coaching visits, co-teaching with faculty, or follow up professional development days. Teacher participants end with a professional presentation at a statewide Share Fair. 

Topics for the literacy action plans are self-selected based on the needs of the teacher.

Topics can include:

Disciplinary literacy strategy instruction and skills development

Transitions toward college and career readiness

Differentiated instruction and engagement of English Language Learners and/or other special needs populations

 Engagement and Motivation:

Improve communication with parents as partners in literacy process

Understanding poverty and its impact on learning environments

Helping students design smart goals

Student generated questions to guide instruction, self-assessment, ownership in learning

21st century reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills including:

Close reading

Reciprocal teaching

Critical literacy/Think alouds

Sustained Silent Reading

Graphic novel use in all content areas

Text complexity

Quality nonfiction as springboard to multimodal lessons


Argumentative/writing claims

Writing to learn

Journals and writer’s notebooks

Accountable talk/Academic conversations

Assessment, intervention & pedagogy:

Standards-based grading

Teachers as leaders

Mini-lessons and workshop approach

Formative assessment

Balanced literacy approaches