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Literacy

Literacy is nothing less than the foundation for all learning.

Learning Point Associates understands the profound significance of improving a student’s ability to read and write because we recognize that these are the skills that open doors and create a future full of opportunities. Our aim is to help students do more than master basic skills—we want them to become comfortable enough with spoken and written language to seek out challenging books and be able to present complex, persuasive written arguments.

Our deep understanding of what it takes to advance student literacy stems from our extensive research, evaluation and direct professional experience. We help schools and districts plan, organize and evaluate literacy programs for elementary, middle, and high schools. We also provide educators and policymakers with well-researched information that enhances their knowledge about strategies for improving literacy.

Our literacy work includes the following:

  • Evaluation of Literacy Programs. We are experienced in evaluating preschool, elementary and middle school literacy programs. Our evaluation work both determines whether programs are being implemented as planned and assesses whether they are effective.
  • Stepping Stones. This new multidimensional resource (currently undergoing pilot testing) gives schools the tools they need to pinpoint areas for improvement in their literacy programs. It includes a scientifically based observation tool for data collection, a guide for analyzing the data and a professional development workshop for teachers.
  • Adolescent Literacy. Although educators and policymakers have focused attention in recent years on literacy for K–3 students, we have never lost sight of the importance of adolescent literacy as students transition into middle school and high school. We offer educators a critical mass of knowledge in this area.
  • Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest. This program, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Learning Point Associates, has undertaken a three-year literacy study of high schools in the Midwest. The study will examine the extent to which a specific teaching intervention improves students’ reading skills, content knowledge and other academic outcomes. It also will research the factors that promote or impede the successful implementation of the literacy intervention in high schools.

We invite you to review our representative projects to learn more about the work we are doing in the area of literacy. To explore how Learning Point Associates can work with you on literacy issues, contact Gaye Zarazinski at 800-356-2735 or gaye.zarazinski@learningpt.org.

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