The Next Chapter: A School Board Guide to Improving Adolescent LiteracyDownload
In today's rapidly changing global society, we know all too well that being able to read and write are critical prerequisites for success. But what is your role as a school board leader in ensuring that young people graduate from high school equipped with those essential skills? To help focus your thinking about your leadership role, the National School Boards Association has created The Next Chapter: A School Board Guide to Improving Adolescent Literacy. This guidebook has two primary purposes: To inform school board leaders including local school board members and state school boards association staff about the importance of the adolescent literacy issue, and to assist school board leaders in informing and supporting district efforts to increase literacy levels among students in grades four through 12. The Next Chapter presents eight strategies that are based on what we know about adolescent literacy as well as best practices in school governance. Each strategy includes examples from districts around the country and poses a set of guiding questions for school boards to consider. The guidebook concludes with a discussion of the role of policy and recommendations for school board action. Finally, the appendices contain a wealth of additional tools and resources for you to use and share with colleagues.
Citation: The Next Chapter: A School Board Guide to Improving Adolescent Literacy (National School Boards Association, 2006)