Getting Started with Questions of Literacy as a Shared Responsibility

  • Capacity Building: Shared Agreements
  • File Type: Tool/Protocol
  • Sample Questions
    What do college and career readers, writers, speakers, and listeners look like in the history discipline as compared to English language arts or science?
    How do we strengthen our students' understanding and application of essential vocabulary in our various disciplines?
    How do we better partner with families to strengthen the literacy learning of our children?
    What does successful argumentation look like in mathematics (or civics, art, psychology, etc.)? 

    Issues related to strengthening literacy teaching and learning span the disciplines, cross grade-levels, and are relevant both in and out of school. Many groups associated with the National Center for Literacy Education and from across the 30+ stakeholder organizations are wrestling with varied aspects of literacy as a shared responsibility.

    These resources are meant to be starting points for digging into topics of shared
    understandings and strategies of literacy teaching and learning.

    Before you begin:

    • Use evidence to name a key question that will lead to strengthened teaching and learning.
    • Establish a set of steps for addressing the question, perhaps incorporating one or more of the resources below.
    • Use templates such as NCLE's Inquiry Guide and tools such as the Questions That Matter Primer for formalizing this process. 


    Consider the following to begin digging into questions of shared responsibility for literacy:

    Disciplinary Literacy: Navigating Literacy Contexts across Secondary Schools with Elizabeth Birr Moje. (This web seminar discusses the challenges of students navigating literacy practices across content areas, and how to better support them.)

    When collaborating across content areas, consider:

    Sharing Our Practices: Family / School Partnerships Web Event spotlights three different approaches to strengthening partnerships. Be sure to explore the related resources.

    Get to know content-specific literacy practices such as:

    Learn from other teams focused on shared responsibilities for literacy, such as the WHS T-BAR Grant group of history teachers, the Ford’s Theatre Oratory Initiative, and Rowland's Academic Vocabulary Community of Practice.

    Conversational protocols guide collaborative discussions. Try the Four A's protocol for discussing a shared reading or the Fishbowl Conversational Practice for reaching shared understandings of literacy across contexts.

    Share your team's story of collaboration and inquiry by joining the
    NCLE network of collaborative teams.