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Adolescent Literacy Walk-Through for Principals: A Guide for Instructional Leaders

The Center on Instruction recently released a guide designed to help principals monitor and support adolescent literacy instruction in their schools more effectively. The guide can be used at the late elementary school level, in content-area classes in middle and high school, and with intervention groups or classes. It provides a scaffold to build principals' understanding of scientifically based reading instruction, as a means for a principal to gather information about the quality of literacy and reading intervention instruction in a school, and as a data collection guide for planning targeted professional development and resource allocation. Also included are examples of what a principal might expect to see in a classroom as well as templates that states, districts, and schools can use or adapt.