Implementation of a comprehensive literacy program at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School

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University of Delaware
This Executive Position Paper documents efforts taken to establish a comprehensive school-wide literacy program at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School. Consistent with secondary schools across the nation, school-wide and sub-group achievement data for Gauger students supported the need for an increased focus in the area of literacy. Efforts taken were aligned to the research-based "elements of effective secondary literacy programs", identified by Biancaros and Snow (2006) in their report entitled Reading next--A vision for action and research in middle and high school literacy. These efforts included implementation of new literacy strategies, professional development activities, program evaluation, review of research based interventions and reflection activities to support Response to Intervention, the development of the master schedule, and to support increased self-efficacy. In addition to describing each effort, the paper reports the findings and reflections associated with each action taken. As a final element, the paper examines missed opportunities and positive takeaways, before identifying recommendations for future actions.