November 29, 2012The new and past participants in the Adolescent Literacy Project were treated with a visit from Dr. Anita Archer on October 15 and October 16. Dr. Archer is an educational consultant to school districts on the topic of explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and other contributions to the field of education. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Oregon in Eugene. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, and has presented in all 50 states. She has authored many professional articles Dr. Anita Archer: Dynamic Vocabulary Instruction and books addressing explicit instruction, reading, writing, and study skills.
Dr. Archer taught our ESU 10 teachers how to improve vocabulary instruction in the intermediate and secondary classrooms. She stressed the importance of vocabulary instruction and provided the research behind this notion. The participants learned the components of an effective vocabulary program and how to teach words explicitly. Dr. Archer modeled great engagement strategies that can transfer to the classrooms and will help teachers keep kids motivated and learning.
The goals of this project are to become familiar with and implement researchbased literacy strategies that will increase student achievement for adolescent learners. The project focuses on four research-based recommendations for improving adolescent literacy and Dr. Archer helped us with the first and fourth recommendation by training us to provide explicit vocabulary instruction, and increase student motivation and engagement in literacy learning at the secondary level. The ESU 10 staff will be continuing their work with schools in facilitating learning walks and we will be able to see the implementation of the strategies that Dr. Archer taught the participants.