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This wiki page is designed to support the Literacy Across Disciplines: Grades 6-12 course. The two-day course is designed for secondary teachers who understand the critical need to promote literacy in their discipline and want to learn how to implement it. The literacy components are connected to the Common Core State Standards and Disciplinary Literacy and are supported through literacy strategies and 21st century skills. Participants will understand why literacy is fundamental for each of the disciplines, how different perspectives inform students’ understanding of texts, and how to use authentic texts to explore a student's framework for investigating complex text. Furthermore, in addition to learning how to help struggling readers with comprehension, participants will learn how to help dependent readers with motivation, vocabulary, and fluency through front loading, constructing, and extending meaning. Participants will view video examples of research-based teaching practices as an extension to promote disciplinary literacy in an effective and high quality environment. Participants will be invited to visit a learning lab related to their field. The learning lab will strengthen both literacy pedagogy and content through real world application. The foundation of the course is based on the books Disciplinary Literacy: Redefining Deep Understanding and Leadership for 21st- Century Demands by Thomasina Piercy and William Piercy and When Kids Can’t Read What Can Teachers Do: A Guide for Teachers Grades 6-12 by Kylene Beers.

The course is offered several times throughout the year. Feel free to sign up if you work in a Title I school by searching on MyPD (LIT SEC Literacy Across Disciplines Grades 6-12). If you do not work at a Title I school, feel free to use the literacy resources.

The Title I office provides substitute funding for certain courses offered by the Office of Organizational Development for Title I teachers. Click on the link titled Title I Substitute Funding to obtain more information.

For further information regarding the course, contact Renee Smith at

RENEE SMITHTitle I Professional Development SpecialistOffice of Organizational Development1901 Herbert Spaugh LaneCharlotte, NC 28208(980)343-1304