Principal November/December 2017: Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

The latest issue of Principal features practitioners and thought leaders who address a wide scope of literacy topics—from news literacy to cross-curricular and disciplinary instruction to quality feedback to choosing and evaluating a literacy program. In it you’ll find articles that focus on the evolving literacy skills that students will need to know and be able to do, and how principals can help children learn these skills.

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Reading Across and Within the Curriculum
Best practices to support cross-curricular literacy instruction
ReLeah Cossett Lent

Set the Stage for Quality Feedback
Principals provide feedback to support literacy instruction
Todd Schmidt and Lindsay Stumpenhorst

Where Literacy Is Heading: News Literacy as a Signal of Change
Helping students unpack and understand the news is a critical component of 21st century literacy.
Peter Adams

Research You Can Use
Do your literacy practices reflect the latest research?
Colleen E. Whittingham, Emily Brown Hoffman,and William H. Teale

The Elementary Principal’s Guide to Choosing and Evaluating a Literacy Program
Use a simple, step-by-step process to increase educator buy-in
Jennifer Nauman

Creating a Culture of Literacy
6 strategies you can use to ignite enthusiasm for reading
Nayal Maktari



The Conversation: Effective Dialogue Between Principals and Their Evaluators
How an ongoing coaching and mentorship model is building strong principals
Susan McLester

Creating Communities of Pastoral Care for Students
Meeting students’ nonacademic needs can improve academic outcomes
Joe Murphy and Daniela Torre



From the Editor
Book Talk: A Culture of Literacy
—Kaylen Tucker

Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed

In the Spotlight
Pennsylvania Principal Builds Connections

Practitioner’s Corner
Building the English-language Learner’s Brain
—Martha S. Burns

Turn Down the Pressure
—Joe Mazza

Early Career
How to Work With the District Office
—John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

Raising the Bar
Faculty Meetings Transformed
—Chris Bennett

Principal’s Bookshelf
Start Now to Become a Better Leader
—By Liz Garden

It’s the Law
Literacy Instruction and IDEA
—Perry A. Zirkel

Parents & Schools
Who’s Telling Your Story?
—Ryan Sheehy

Champions for Literacy
—L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE