Title

Ebedded Professional Development: Bringing Content Reading Strategies to Rural Appalachian Middle Schools

Location

Harborside Center

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

Often teachers struggle to find effective and intriguing strategies to engage and improve student academic achievement. Morehead State University, in Appalachian Kentucky, has a 23 county service region, meaning that many of our schools are physically located over 100 miles from the university. By bringing embedded professional development to three districts' middle schools, both teachers and students benefit. This grant funded project provided high poverty rural schools with with week long professional development, a virtual learning community, and onsite coaching and co-teaching.

This project meets Strand 1 as it is designed to promote acedmic achievement in reading.

This project addresses Strand 2 as it focuses on the specific comunnity and cultural needs of the school districts involved.

Brief Program Description

An increased focus on literacy across content areas inspired this project to provide on-site professional development and coaching to rural at-risk middle schools.

Summary

Often teachers struggle to find effective and intriguing strategies to engage and improve student academic achievement. Morehead State University, in Appalachian Kentucky, has a 23 county service region, meaning that many of our schools are physically located over 100 miles from the university. By bringing embedded professional development to the districts' middl schools, both teachers and students benefit. This grant funded project provided high poverty rural schools with with week long professional development, a virtual learning community, and onsite coaching and co-teaching.

Effective middle grades literacy methods and strategies will be shared.

Evidence

This presentation shares three years of completedresearch working with middle grades teachers.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Jody Fernandez, PhD., is an associate professor of literacy in the department of Midde Grades and Secondary Education at Morehead State University in rural Eastern Kentucky. Her interests including improving adolsecent literacy practices via engaging and effective activies and strategies.

Keyword Descriptors

literacy, content area, rural, Appalachian, at-risk

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-8-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

3-8-2016 5:30 PM

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Ebedded Professional Development: Bringing Content Reading Strategies to Rural Appalachian Middle Schools

Harborside Center

An increased focus on literacy across content areas inspired this project to provide on-site professional development and coaching to rural at-risk middle schools.