Professional Development Resources

AdLit.orgAmerican Graduate and offer a robust library of professional development resources for DC educators. is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers, and an educational initiative of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital.

Classroom Strategies

Explicit strategy instruction is at the core of good comprehension instruction. "Before" strategies activate students' prior knowledge and set a purpose for reading. "During" strategies help students make connections, monitor their understanding, generate questions, and stay focused. "After" strategies provide students an opportunity to summarize, question, reflect, discuss, and respond to text. You’ll find research-based strategies for teaching vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing.
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Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in the field of reading. Use the webcasts as the centerpiece of staff development workshops or watch them for your own professional development whenever you have time. Each webcast features a 60-minute video program, recommended readings, and suggested discussion questions.

Making Room for Adolescent Literacy

What can schools do to improve the reading and writing skills of adolescent students? Our panel of experts discusses ways to implement school-level literacy reforms without increasing staff or budgets. Learn how to use assessments to inform reform efforts; the importance of school literacy councils; the distinct role of school principals, reading specialists, and content-area teachers in literacy leadership; as well how to create a school culture that fosters achievement. Panelists: Dr. Donald Deshler, Dr. Mel Riddile, and Christina Gutierrez.
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English Language Learners

How can schools help close the achievement gap for English language learners (ELLs) and what can we do to increase college readiness for these students? Our panel of experts discusses ways that schools can become more and improve instruction for ELL students. Learn about techniques for building trust and partnerships with families; ways to adapt classroom instruction to improve comprehension, and strategies to increase college readiness. Panelists: Kathleen Leos, Deborah Santiago, and Susan Lafond.
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Ready for College

Why are so many high school graduates taking remedial classes in college? What can be done to better prepare students for the demands of higher education? Our panel of experts discusses the academic rigor and skills and the "softer" skills-like self-advocacy and teamwork-that teens need to succeed in college. Learn how parents, counselors, classroom teachers can get students thinking about and working toward college, and prepared to succeed when they arrive. Panelists: Nevin Brown, Barbara Taveras, and Jennifer Glaser.
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Meet the Experts

Learn about reading and writing instruction directly from distinguished professionals. In our exclusive interviews, experts discuss a wide range of literacy and education reform-related topics, including writing instruction, innovative teacher preparation programs, the characteristics of good summer learning programs, and classroom strategies that support reading comprehension.

Experts Q&A

Are you looking for advice on how to help struggling learners? AdLit's archive of Q&A with a team of adolescent literacy experts may have the answers you need.
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Dropout Prevention Resources

Many adolescents who struggle with reading quit school. Others graduate from high school, but still lack the literacy skills needed to succeed in work and life. Articles in this section offer information on how to prevent students from dropping out and how to create effective intervention programs. More on dropout prevention >

Ready for College

Find articles and current research on dropout prevention, academic rigor, college readiness, and early college awareness, plus books for the college bound.
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More Adolescent Literacy Resources

Discover many more resources to help you sharpen your teaching skills and learn more about adolescent literacy, dropout prevention, college readiness, and current research on teaching and learning at