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1 21 st Century Literacy Across Content Areas With Lin Kuzmich Senior Consultant Fall Symposium, Atlanta 2007

2 Kuzmich, Critical Questions for Today What are the 21 st Century Literacy demands that should guide our work? What does Math Fluency look like in the 21 st century? How will we use these demands and resources to focus our work?

3 Kuzmich, st Century Learners We want to prepare our children for life, work, and communication in tomorrow’s world. There are tools that can help students prepare for the 21 st Century.

4 Kuzmich, Changing Brains of Today’s Adolescents When learning something new, over 40% of adolescents need visual input and over 30% need kinesthetic. Only 17% need or respond to only auditory input. Speed of processing visually is higher in students exposed to multi-media. Relevancy and relationship are keys to enhancing long term memory and literacy.

5 Kuzmich, What is Literacy in the 21 st Century? Reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a variety of settings to establish personal meaning and sense Solving problems and creating solutions in unknown or unanticipated situations Adapting to change using information and communication Using multiple sources of information fluidly

6 Kuzmich, Relevance for the Future What is the big idea? What is the life long benefit? What is the thinking we need to make this work or useful? What is the real life application? Adapted from Pat Wolf NSDC Dec. 2005

7 Kuzmich, Report on Adult Literacy 43% of adults performing below basic levels of literacy on a national assessment were living in poverty, compared to 4% of those at the highest levels of literacy. Non-literate adults average $240 per week in wages and highly literate individuals $681 per week. 7 in 10 prisoners in the US performed at very basic or below basic levels of literacy. From the NAL Report 2003

8 Kuzmich, Skills of Literacy from NAL Non-Literate Individuals can perform: –Sign one’s name –Identify a country in a short article –Locate one piece of information in a sports article –Locate the expiration date information on a driver’s license –Total a bank deposit Cannot Perform: –Locate eligibility from a table of employee benefits –Locate intersection on a street map –Locate two pieces of information in a sports article –Identify and enter background information on a social security card application –Calculate the total costs of a purchase from an order form

9 Kuzmich, Four Parts to Literacy for Student Growth in Grades Functional Literacy Learning to read, write, speak and listen 2.Content Literacy Reading, writing, speaking, and listening to demonstrate content area learning 3.Technological Literacy Using reading, writing, speaking and listening in multimedia venues to create products and demonstrations of learning 4.Innovative Literacy Reading, writing, speaking and listening to do or solve something complex, invent something unique or produce something innovative From: Kuzmich and Gregory, 2005

10 Kuzmich, Connecting to Literacy Overall Focus on Literacy DVDs from Bill Leading for Literacy Kit Professional Development Offerings Functional Literacy Programs Such as Scholastic READ 180 Content LiteracyContent Area Reading Kits CTE Reading Kit Writing Kit Technological and Innovative Literacy Document, Technological and Quantitative Literacy Kit

11 Kuzmich, Innovative Literacy in a Constantly Changing World “Successfully intelligent people are flexible in adapting to the roles they need to fulfill. They recognize that they will have to change the way they work to fit the task and situation at hand, and then they analyze what these changes will have to be and make them.” (Sternberg, 1986) p.153

12 Kuzmich, Innovative Literacy and Mathematical Fluency Require Creativity 1.“Innovation and Creativity: entrepreneurial sense of thinking and acting, fluid and flexible in use of information and transformation of knowledge into new things, attitudes, solutions, products, and/or actions” (Gregory and Kuzmich, 2005)

13 Kuzmich, Innovative Literacy: Life Long Learning 2.Life-Long Learner Orientation: acquiring marketable skills over time, responding to anticipated need, and creating ways to assimilate and accommodate to change, regardless of speed of the change Gregory and Kuzmich, 2005

14 Kuzmich, Innovative Literacy: Adaptive Thinking 3.“Practical and Adaptive Thinking: scenario-based thinking and responses to real life situations, interpreting new information, inquiry, consumer skills that are self selected based on desired result; adapting the information or interactions to make decisions or plans for the present and the future” Gregory and Kuzmich, 2005

15 Kuzmich, Innovative Literacy: Influential Communication 4.“Influential Communication: communicating to convince others of a point of view, applying rational, ethical, and congruent logic that supports creative, positive solutions and conclusions” Gregory and Kuzmich, 2005

16 Kuzmich, Does Your Literacy Program Result in Adaptive Response? Our students will encounter: Unknown personal situations Unknown jobs Unknown technology Unknown global impact Unknown future

17 Kuzmich, Adults and Literacy “ Adult literacy requires the ability to creatively reason through and use multiple information sources in order to formulate an adaptive response to the unknown.” DTQ Literacy, ICLE, Kuzmich, 2007

18 Kuzmich, Criteria for Looking at Tools to Support Innovative Literacy Supports: Rigor and Relevance Questions we ask: beyond Bloom’s Scenario-based, problem or project based learning: making it real Creative use of information: fluid and flexible Influential communication: ethics and persuasion Practical problem solving: adapting to change Prose and non-prose literacy

19 Kuzmich, Strategies Across Content Areas Fix-up Strategies Activating prior knowledge Predicting Searching to identify unknown words Rereading, adjusting the rate Self-monitoring Inferring Interacting with unfamiliar formats Forming mental pictures Learning Strategies Essentials Outlining Note-taking Highlighting Underlining Summarizing questioning

20 Kuzmich, Writing Writing to learn Technical writing Electronics use Infusion into content Short Constructed Response and Quick Writes Essay and other longer formats Templates, strategies, and tools

21 Kuzmich, Leadership Literacy tasks include: –The type of reading material being encountered –The purpose of the reading task –The demands of that type of content –Strategies that are available for the reader to use Literacy Leadership: –Monitors these tasks in every classroom –Plans for focus on literacy –Plans for the “toolkit” of every teacher in order to meet diverse student needs

22 Kuzmich, Adapted from: Mosenthal, Kirsch, Guthrie, deGeus, Reitman, and Kuzmich Three Aspects of Document, Technological, and Quantitative Literacy 1. Previewing the Document or Source 2. Understanding the Task 3. Completing the Process Document, Technological, and Quantitative Literacy Skills These 3 aspects are comprised of 14 Core Skills for DTQ Literacy

23 Kuzmich, st Century Focus on Literacy and Math Fluency How will you implement what you learned? What are your next steps? Thanks! Lin Kuzmich

24 Kuzmich, May Your Moments be Many! “Educators are addicted to the moment when a student’s eyes light up, when the teaching becomes learning. May your days be filled with such moments.” Philip Patrick Horenstein

25 Kuzmich, Excerpts, references, and information in this presentation are from: Gregory and Kuzmich (2005b) Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Student Growth and Achievement in Grades Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Sessoms and LaRocca, Strategic Reading in the Content Areas – Boosting Achievement in Grades 7-12, Rexford, NY: International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) Kuzmich, Redefining Literacy in Grades 7-12: Strategies for Document, Technological, and Quantitative Literacy, Rexford, NY: ICLE LaRocca, Strategic Writing Across the Curriculum in Grades 7-12, Rexford, NY: ICLE McBride, Fitzgerald, and Fitzgerald, Leading with Reading, Rexford, NY: ICLE Lucey, Hurwitz, Peterson, and Zimmerman, Algebra Mastery Through Relevant Applications in Grades 6-10, Rexford, NY: ICLE Miles, Reading Strategies for Career Academies and Career-Technical Education, Rexford, NY: ICLE Quick, Informational Writing — Writing That Gets the World's Work Done, Rexford, NY: ICLE

26 Kuzmich, Thank You! Lin Kuzmich, Senior Consultant ICLE/SPN (cell) International Center for Leadership in Education Phone (518)


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