This website, a work in progress, is the result of a
research study completed at the University of Connecticut through the
support of Carnegie Corporation. The primary purpose for our work on
this project is to improve the quality of subject-matter instruction in
U.S. middle and high schools. While primary-grade teachers use a number
of research-based instructional strategies to support emerging readers,
those who teach adolescents know little about how to help the
struggling readers in their classrooms (Biancaroso & Snow, 2004).
The foundation of content area learning rests firmly on effective
literacy strategy use. As a result, the project focus is preparing
middle and high school teachers to effectively integrate literacy
instruction- both traditional and new literacies-i.e., those
higher-level literacy and learning skills required to read, comprehend,
compose, and learn with traditional as well as online information
resources in math, science, and other curricular areas. The two main
ways through which we seek to support this charge are as follows:
1. improving the capacity of teachers to enact
research-based pedagogy in foundational print literacy as well as the new
literacies of the Internet and other information and communication
2. building a cadre of adolescent literacy researchers
who will study effective ways to develop competency in print literacy
and the new literacies of the Internet and other information
and communication technologies.
This site will offer teacher educators, secondary
teachers, and researchers materials and resources used in support of
the goals sought above. Parents will find resources to help them
understand the challenges their children face when learning new
content. Teacher educators and secondary teachers will find
syllabi, project descriptions and references to studies that might
support their instruction or further their own learning about literacy.
Finally, researchers will find examples of our tools and findings.
Please keep in mind that the content and purpose of this site is to
document our journey. Thus, what is shared here is subject to ongoing
refinements. The site and our materials are a work in progress.