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Instructional leaders make many decisions related to strengthening student literacy. Research suggests schools with the most effective literacy programs make improvements both in their instructional programs and infrastructures. Such infrastructure improvements include establishing a comprehensive, coordinated literacy program and providing ongoing, formal, extensive professional development to teachers.
In this assignment, you will analyze the instructional practices and infrastructure of a literacy program currently in place in a school, preferably your own.
View/Download the Literacy Program Analysis SurveyWord document for use in this assignment.
Follow the steps to complete Parts 1 and 2 and compose your responses in a single, 5- to 7-page Word document (not including the title and references pages).Use APA format for the title page, references page, and in-text citations.
Part 1: Literacy Program Analysis SurveyIn this Analysis assignment, you will complete a survey to assess a school’s literacy program, preferably your own. You will analyze both the instructional program and the school infrastructure supporting the program. Portions of the survey were adapted from research on outstanding literacy programs conducted by Patty, Maschoff, and Ransom (1996).
Step 1. Open the Literacy Program Analysis Survey Word document.
Step 2. Place an “X” in the column that best describes your school’s performance on each literacy characteristic.
Step 3. Use the data you generate from the survey to create a visual summary (in the format of your choice) of the data you collect. Include this visual summary in your assignment submission. Do NOT include the actual full survey.
Step 4. Use the data you generate to respond to the questions in Part 2.
Part 2: Analysis PaperCompose a five-page paper by responding to each question below in a well-developed paragraph.
Title the paper “Analyzing a School-wide Literacy Program,” and include the following:
An introduction to the data being presented. This includes a narrative of the school, its characteristics/features, demographics, etc.
The survey results (your visual summary, do NOT include the full survey). Include a brief narrative that explains the data outcome. The narrative addressing the questions
Questions(a) Based on the survey, what do you see as the greatest strength of the school’s literacy program? Address one strength.
(b) Based on the survey, what do you see as the greatest area of need in the school’s literacy program? Address one area of need.
(c) What data are available to support the area of need you have identified? Describe the data (actual numbers) and source.
Explain how the data supports/is aligned to the strength and area of need identified within your survey. For example, you may use a School Report Card, School Improvement Plan, or formative/summative data collected at the school.
(d) If given an opportunity, tell how you would chart a new direction for the school’s literacy program based on the data you collected. Using research to justify your perspective, explain how your plan would be beneficial to strengthening the identified area of need to support the literacy program.