Dr. Douglas L. Ragland
Retired Superintendent of Schools
My reflection on the Instructional Leader's Role in Literacy Development is varied.
First and foremost, literacy applies to every facet of life in terms of content and it is not relegated to just reading or language arts as many may perceive. Literacy development can be in math, technology, career technical education, and the like. In achieving successful literacy development the teacher or leader must be familiar with his or her respective content or subject matter as well as have the expertise in successfully presenting this knowledge to the student in theory and or practice.
Secondly the goal of literacy development is to have students prepared to be successful in the content areas of study and in particular mastery of the College Career Readiness Standards which indeed serve as the measuring stick for success in school and the potential job market relevant to such skills.
Thirdly, literacy development success must comprise a vision by the leader and the staff collectively, collaborative decision making amongst teachers, staff and stakeholders, data driven results, professional development, and assessment of both staff and students. As I consult and give advice to others, I will always advocate collaboration and shared decision making as the best means to getting desired results
Professional development is a key component in literacy development and can be viewed as the most important because the success of a literacy development program will start with a very competent teacher who in turn must be willing to continue to grow professionally in enhancing his or her knowledge and skills, which ultimately make the students the beneficiaries in terms of gaining knowledge, understanding, and the ability to successfully put these factors in practice in society in terms of being productive citizens.
This is in essence my reflection the Instructional Leader’s Role in Literacy Development.