College Ready Literacy
Where students write for the real world
Battelle’s College Ready Literacy program offers classroom-tested approaches that raise student achievement and engagement.
College Ready Literacy 101
College Ready Literacy 101 is a two-day training for schools or districts. Your training will be led by current classroom teachers who made these changes in their own classrooms. This personalized support from a coach who understands the opportunities and pressures of today’s classrooms separates our trainings from professional educational consultants.
Day One: Create a real world literacy task
- Real world focus: Learn about the types of texts professionals in your discipline use on a daily basis. Discover the texts they use to communicate with employers, clients, and partners. Walk away with a task which embeds real world tasks for students.
- In chemistry you might see: Which dyes allow us to most efficiently harvest energy from the sun using dye-sensitized solar cells? After reading the request for proposal and researching, designing, and testing dye-sensitized solar cells, write a critical design report in which you discuss your solar cell and evaluate its effectiveness at meeting the requirements of the request for proposal. Support your position with evidence from the text/s.
- Or in 5th grade social studies you could see: Should your new world explorer be remembered as a hero or a villain? After reading several informational texts, write a letter to the Museum of Explorers Board in which you answer the question and explain your reasons as they relate to your explorer's expedition(s). Support your opinion with evidence from the text/s.
- Deeper student learning: Build a teaching task where students learn about a big idea inside your discipline to promote deeper student learning
Day Two: Target specific student skills, get resources
The second day of this training is all about instruction – ways to effectively teach disciplinary literacy. Content includes:
- Targeted, standards-based instruction: Literacy in social studies is different than literacy in English Language Arts. Each discipline has unique standards. Learn discipline specific instructional strategies to use inside your classroom.
- Design that starts with the skills students need: Break the teaching task into individual skills the student will need to be successful. Each skill drives the instruction you deliver to students.
- Forget re-inventing the wheel: Thanks to our partners at the Literacy Design Collaborative, teachers don’t have to start from scratch when planning instruction. We’ll work with you to find free, detailed resources from other educators that can help you spend less time planning and more time with students.
This workshop is designed for 15 participants and can take place in your home district. All participants receive a College Ready Literacy workbook for their use during implementation.
College Ready Literacy – on-site coaching
Transformation requires time and feedback. After completing College Ready Literacy 101, Battelle Education offers on-site coaching to support your team in transforming their classrooms.
Each on-site session lasts a full day and takes place at your school. Before the on-site visit, your coach will be in touch with your teacher team giving them feedback on their literacy teaching tasks (developed in College Ready Literacy 101) and their disciplinary literacy instruction. The on-site visit will be designed to meet your teams’ specific needs.
Battelle Education recommends completing two on-site coaching visits spaced throughout the year. One during implementation and one after implementation to reflect and make improvements.