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Literacy and Leadership

This course is designed to support teachers' and administrators' understanding of literacy development as a holistic process. It explores the kinds of instructional strategies and policies that support this process with diverse and inclusive populations of students throughout the grades. A critical dimension of the course will be to identify ways in which teachers can play leadership roles in assessing, designing, implementing, and promoting effective literacy instruction throughout a school. The format of the course includes class and small-group discussions, short lectures, viewing of videotapes depicting "exemplary" literacy practices, and examination of curriculum and assessment materials. All participants will be expected to observe a series of lessons involving literacy instruction in their schools, conduct a series of interviews around the topic of literacy development, and develop a piece of literacy curriculum or a professional development project informed by information that emerges in these observations and interviews.