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Secondary Literacy

Contact:   Kelly Stone

Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative (ARESC) seeks to promote literacy achievement for all adolescent students by supporting secondary teachers and providing professional learning opportunities focused on the secondary level across the curriculum. We believe that the success of our students depends upon the collaboration of all educators.
Building off the five central areas found in elementary reading development (phoneme awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension), the major areas of emphasis in middle and high school include:
  • expanding vocabulary through increasingly challenging text,
  • increasing knowledge of text structures and genres
  • increasing content knowledge in many domains,
  • promoting the use of thinking and reasoning skills,
  • building relevant connections to reading as an essential skill for current and future opportunities, and 
  • providing instructional support to schools and teachers that is differentiated enough to help close the achievement gap for struggling students.

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State-wide Professional Development
Disciplinary Literacy for History/Social Studies and Science
Disciplinary Literacy for History/Social Studies and Science are professional development opportunities that focus on supporting content teachers as they view their roles not as teachers of reading and writing, but as teachers of how to access and convey information within the various disciplines. Tim Shanahan defines disciplinary literacy as the specialized skills and codes that one must master in order to be able to read and write in the various disciplines (science, math, literature, history, social studies, fine arts) and technical fields.
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a professional development opportunity offered by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Career Education, Education Service Cooperatives, and the University STEM Centers in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). It focuses on the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy, equipping junior high and high school students with the necessary reading and writing skills to be college and career ready. Teachers in ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Career/Technical Education use the LDC framework to build content within a coherent approach to literacy.