Brown Univ. seeks schools for literacy leadership training

The Education Alliance at Brown University is recruiting five to seven high schools to participate in a multi-year professional development program focused on integrating adolescent literacy strategies into content area lessons.

The immediate goal of the Collaboratory for Adolescent Literacy Leaders (CALL) program is to improve student achievement in the core content areas. The ultimate goal is to build teacher-level leadership and build capacity to sustain improved classroom instruction school-wide.

Key components of the program include:

  • online interaction and face-to-face workshops with literacy experts and seasoned practitioners who serve as content-area coaches;
  • collaboration among participating content-area teachers and their departments;
  • focus on the Common Core State Standards; and
  • development of a Literacy Leadership Team at each participating school.

Through a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the CALL professional development program is provided at no cost to participating schools. Schools only need to pay for travel expenses to off-site trainings in Providence, R.I., and provide substitute coverage at times for participating teachers.

The program is seeking high schools willing to make a commitment beginning in March 2012 and continuing through the 2012-13 school year.  School selections will be made on a rolling basis. High-needs schools and schools designated in need of improvement will be given priority.

For more information and an application, visit the Education Alliance website or contact Stephanie Feger at Stephanie_Feger@brown.edu. The application deadline is March 1.