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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.

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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