Perspectives on Rescuing Urban Literacy Education: Spies, Saboteurs, and Saints is an exploration of the variables that contribute to the improvement of literacy instruction in large urban school districts. The book grows out of a five-year initiative known as The Dallas Reading Plan--a $50 million collaborative effort between area business and corporate interests, philanthropy, and the Dallas Independent School District.
Audiences include university professors and graduate students in reading/literacy education, educational leadership, special education, urban studies, and change management theory, school board members, business and community leaders, classroom teachers, parents, and those concerned with the status of literacy education in urban settings.
Contents: Foreword. Preface and Introduction. Part I: Perspectives From the Spies. J. Fullinwider, De Scholarum Natura. R.B. Cooter, Jr., The Pillars of Urban Literacy Instruction: Prerequisites for Change. E.F. Baskin, Change Management Concepts and Models: Sponsorship, Early Adopters, and the Development of Urban Teachers. K.S. Cooter, R.B. Cooter, Jr., Challenges to Change: Implementing Research-Based Reading Instruction in Urban Schools. Part II: Overcoming the Effects of Saboteurs. W.J. Webster, Accountability in Texas: Fair or Foul? R.B. Cooter, Jr., Deep Training + Coaching: A Capacity-Building Model for Teacher Development. L. Allen, An Alchemist's Tale (or…The Marriage of Technology and Literacy in Trying Times). J. Gerlach, Changing Lives on the Boundaries. K. Denson, Minimizing the Effects of Student Mobility Through Teacher and Administrator Training. W.F. Tate, Model-Based Mathematical Languages as Technological Literacy: Some Reflections on an Urban School Challenge. Part III: Saints and Their Rescue Efforts. G.J. Thompson, Logistics of Systemic Change: The Reading Academy. J. Moore, Mentoring Teacher Change: Even Cinderella Had a Coach. B. Mathews, Coaching the Coaches: Challenges of Implementing the Lead Teacher Concept. L. Walker, Teaching the Teacher: Reflections of a Reading Academy Laureate. J. Zimny, Creating a Balanced Literacy Curriculum: One Elementary School Principal's Perspective. K.S. Cooter, Marry Well…Divorce Less: Helping Principals Choose Effective Literacy Programs. J.H. Perkins, Addressing the Literacy Needs of African-American Students and Their Teachers. Part IV: Summary and Conclusions. R.B. Cooter, Jr., Reflections of a Reading Czar.