Recently my curriculum director gave me the book: Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practiceedited by Kylene Beers, Robert E.Probst, & Linda Rief. (Is my curriculum director awesome, or what?)
I am quickly realizing that it is one of those defining books for me. It is all of the top secondary literacy leaders in the field “speaking out” on doing what’s best for middle and high school kids.
After each section, I feel empowered. I feel the urgency for school reform. I feel the desire to stand up and be bold and lead others to change. Hmmmm . . .
This book is helping me to understand the paradox of why I am sometimes unsettled working in secondary classrooms. The structure, the belief system, the way our hands are tied, are in direct conflict with my basic beliefs about how adolescent literacy should be defined.
If you don’t have a copy of this book on your shelf — go beg someone to buy it for you . . .or buy it yourself. It’ll be among the best thirty bucks you’ve ever spent professionally. In fact, I’m ordering it for a colleague of mine right now!
And if you do have it — go crack it open. You’ll be kicking yourself for not doing it sooner!