Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

If your students can’t read, they cannot learn science, math, or history and are more likely to become dropouts. Dr. Pat O’Connor and Dr. Bill Bintz from Kent State University will be joined by Renee Murray of the Southern Regional Education Board as they share their expertise on the critical topic of adolescent literacy. Educators at the middle and high school levels will learn techniques to assist their struggling readers in learning important reading skills, no matter what content area they teach.


Presentation Slides pdf.

6 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension pdf(2007).  Quick Click.

Carnegie Corporation of New York(2010).

Encouraging Reading For Reluctant Readers pdf(2008).

O’Connor, P., Bintz, W., & Murray, R. (2009).  Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent LiteracyEffective Strategies.

International Reading Association(2010).

National Council of Teachers of English(2010).

Southern Regional Education Board(2010).

Talking Points – Select Quotes on the Importance of Reading pdf(2009).

Ten Points All Teachers Should Know About Reading pdf(2009).

The Big Six Reading Skills Linked to Literacy Across the Curriculum pdf(2009).

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success pdf(2010).   New York, NY : Carnegie Corporation of New York.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2009).  Video: Pat O’Connor discusses the challenges of literacy in our society.

Building the Foundation for School Success: Introducing The Parent-Child Home Program

Preparing children to enter school with the cognitive and social-emotional skills they need to be successful students is critical to bridging the achievement gap. The Parent-Child Home Program, a school readiness program replicated in communities across the country, successfully prepares two- and three-year-olds to enter school ready to learn. Working with parents and children together, the model effectively builds the language, pre-literacy, and social-emotional skills, and parent involvement necessary for academic success. Forty-five years of research and evaluation establishes the Program’s success.

  • What can be done to help parents prepare their children for success in school?
  • What does the research say about these early interventions?


Presentation Slides pdf.

Kindergarten Readiness and School Success for Buffalo Parent-Child Home Program Graduates pdf(2010).

Learning how to play pdf(2010).  The Boston Globe.

Partnership for America’s Economic Success. (2010)

Recipe for Success in South Carolina pdf(2010).

Soaring to Success Through Books and Play pdf(2010).

The Parent-Child Home Program(2010).

The Parent-Child Home Program at a Glance pdf(2010).

Title I-Eligible Parent-Child Home Program Graduates Are Better Prepared For Kindergarten(2010).

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2010).  Video: Parent-Child Home Program.

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