Getting Started with Questions of Literacy as a Shared Responsibility

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.)

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
What does successful argumentation look
like in mathematics (or civics, art, psychology,

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