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Adolescent Literacy

Community of Practice

  • Today’s Plan

  • Provide background on DWW as a

  • resource for evidence-based practice

  • Explain structure and features of DWW

  • Describe how others are using DWW

Goal of doing what works
Goal of Doing What Works

Translate research-based practices into examples and practical tools that support and improve classroom instruction

Home Page

  • Free resource from the U.S. Department of Education

  • Developed by WestEd, AIR, and RMC

  • Starts with IES research reviews

  • Builds a bridge from research to action

Literacy Topics

Preschool Language and Literacy

Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners

Response to Intervention in Primary Grades Reading

Adolescent Literacy

Coming soon:

Improving K-3 Reading Comprehension

Practice Guides

WWC Practice Guides

Research to practice translation path
Research to Practice Translation Path

Practice Guides: Research Reviews with Expert Consensus

  • Videos, Audios, Slideshows

  • Sample Materials

  • Tools and Templates

Key Actions


Supporting Conditions

Practice Statements

Other Major Research Reports: WWC, NMP

Field Knowledge

Engaging Text Discussion

Provide opportunities for extended

text discussion and student


  • Intensive Intervention

  • Provide intensive intervention

  • for struggling readers and

  • monitor all students' reading

  • progress.

For Each Practice...

  • Research base andkey concepts

  • Expert interviews

  • School site videos and slideshows

  • Interviews and sample materials from schools

  • Ideas for action

  • Tools and templates to implement practices

See how it works
SEE How It Works

Classroom videos and Flashlites

Audio interviews

Video interviews

Materials: examples

Lesson Plans and assignments, graphic organizers,

Protocols—data meetings, student work reviews

Guidance—standards, course descriptions

Evaluation tools

Informational handouts

SEE the Practice:

Academic Intervention Class

Do what works
DO What Works


  • Learn more—workshops, staff meeting awareness sessions, varied models of implementation

  • Observations

  • Self-assessment--reflection, inventories, content audits

  • Planners—lesson plans, professional development, selection among alternatives

  • Analysis—error analysis, alignments

    Planning Templates

    Ideas for Action

Use a Tool: Observe Text Discussion

  • Part I – Observation Activity:

  • Watch two teachers facilitate text discussions.

  • Talk about what you observe.

DO Classroom Planning: Use a Tool

  • Planning Activity:

  • How will you structure the text discussion?

  • How will you support students with this process?

DO Schoolwide Planning: Use a Template

Policies, standards,

professional development,

access to resources, time, expertise

practices and procedures,

Implementation qualities


Finding what you need
Finding What You Need

  • Learn, See, Do structure

  • DO: Ideas for Action

  • Search function

  • Highlights and Inventories

  • Contact us

  • Sharing site

Examples of using the inventories
Examples of Using the Inventories

  • Math—building vocabulary

  • Social Studies—scaffolding comprehension; student driven-discussions; pair-share guidelines

  • Science—metacognitive logs

  • Literature/humanities —roots/meanings in Greek myths; literature circles; reciprocal teaching with comprehension; scaffolding discussion; academic literacy

  • Reading—explicit vocabulary with English learners

  • Schoolwide—vocabulary across content/learning packets; graphic organizers across content areas; district literacy framework

Getting the word out
Getting the Word Out

--include in teacher preparation courses

--structure online coursework

--train graduate students to provide professional development

--incorporate into online platforms: professional development schools; statewide rollout of practice; self-paced modules

--prepare coaches in statewide standards

--illustrate Common Core standards

--provide intense professional development

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