Although a wide range of abilities often are represented in any cohort of students in a juvenile justice facility, a substantial number experience gaps in skills at the basic levels of phonological processing, oral reading fluency skills, and low levels of comprehension.
This webinar highlighted NDTAC’s recently released Meeting the Literacy Needs of Students in Juvenile Justice Facilities Second Edition. Author Dr. Terry Salinger provided an overview of the Adolescent Literacy Guide and presented the four research-based recommendations and the associated action-oriented strategies for increasing opportunities for students to improve their literacy skills and life-long literacy outcomes including:
- Ensuring facilities have necessary infrastructure,
- Using data for decision making,
- Providing comprehensive literacy programs, and
- Structuring intensive interventions.
This webinar also featured educators from a the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Adobe Mountain School who are implementing one or more of the recommendations and strategies found in the guide as well as provided a list of resources for additional support.