Literacy Handbook

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Are you struggling with the right balance between supporting students who are behind in their reading and writing levels and engaging all students in the content of your class? Looking for school-wide opportunities to work with your peers to focus on improving literacy skills? 

New Visions for Public Schools has developed a series of literacy strategies that can be applied across middle school subject levels to help your students with reading, discourse, and writing. These strategies provide common definitions and routines that transfer ownership of learning from teachers to students.

We understand that teachers may use resources differently, so we have created and curated high-quality Open Educational Resource (OER) materials available in Google Drive; we encourage teachers to make their own copies of resources and thoughtfully modify to make them useful for their individual needs. 

Not sure how to start using these strategies? Check out our Getting Started section. 

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Use the resource search to sort materials by standards, type, keywords, and more! Accustomed to the previous sites? Feel free to continue to use the legacy literacy and math websites until the end of the school year. 

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Teacher Testimonials 

"Being a part of this collaborative effort has positively impacted the way I teach, because I not only have the opportunity to try out fresh new literacy-based strategies, but I am able to meet with teachers from other schools to discuss successes and challenges—something that is not always feasible, due to the nature of this profession.”

-Julissa DiLone, ELA teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx

“The handbook has afforded me the opportunity to use strategies that actually work. It also provides models to help teachers, like myself, obtain a better grasp of the activity. One of my favorites strategies from the handbook is the Silent Carousel because it gives all students an equal chance to engage in a discussion in different ways."

- Michelle Ngyuen, Social Studies teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School of the Bronx