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Literacy leaders and coaches know that routinely developing knowledge and skills models for students that learning is important. Join hosts Mark Raffler (Literacy Consultant) and Sarah Shoemaker (Early Literacy Coach) for five exclusive interviews each school year with local and national literacy ex… read more

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A Dialogue About Disciplinary Literacy Essentials with Jenelle Williams and Dr. Darin Stockdill

In this episode, we (Mark Raffler and Sarah Shoemaker) chat with Jenelle Williams and Dr. Darin Stockdill about the Essential Literacy Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction:  Grades 6-12.  We’ve spent a great deal of time over the past five years facilitating learning around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy:  Grades K-3.  We now have essential practices for ages birth through twelfth grade, so we decided to take this opportunity to highlight another piece of this literacy tool.

A little bit about our guests today:  Jenelle Williams is a Literacy Consultant within the Leadership and Continuous Improvement unit at Oakland Schools ISD in Oakland County, Michigan.  Dr. Darin Stockdill is the Instructional and Program Design Coordinator for the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research at the University of Michigan.

Here is a quick unpacking of our conversation:

Darin introduces the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom:  Grades 6-12 by telling us a bit about the document, its history, and the work that has been done to share the Essentials with educators around the state of Michigan.

Mark and Darin discuss the differences between the terms “Disciplinary Literacy” and “Content Literacy.”

We learn from Darin about the important starting points when first familiarizing oneself with the Disciplinary Literacy Essentials.  “When engaging with the document, please read the Purpose Statement… This is about teacher learning...  You have to have a systematic approach to supporting teachers in this process… We want teachers to recognize what they already do.”


Jenelle talks about resources to support educators as we work to implement the Essential Instructional Practices at the secondary level.

We hear from both Darin and Jenelle about potential surprises or barriers that teachers might encounter in implementing the Disciplinary Literacy Essentials.

We wrap up this episode by reminding listeners that your voice matters!  Please visit bit.ly/LLCNtopics to tell us what you want to future podcasts to focus on in relation to literacy.

All resources in this LLCN Brief (and future podcasts) can be found at:  bit.ly/LLCNresources2122  

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