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Story of SCORE: The MS Writing/Thinking Institute Takes on a Statewide Reading Initiative

By: Lynette Herring-Harris, Cassandria Hansbrough
Publication: National Writing Project At Work
Date: November 2002

Summary: Lynette Herring-Harris and Cassandria B. Hansbrough narrate the story of a Mississippi statewide secondary reading inservice that they developed, designed, and implemented for teachers of all subjects.


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This monograph is a realistic look at how a well-established National Writing Project state network broadened its teacher-consultant leadership capacity while taking on a state initiative and turning it into an opportunity to forge strong alliances with educational policymakers. It describes a professional development program for secondary reading that began as a passing comment in a staff meeting and grew into a statewide model for secondary reading instruction. The story of this inservice model includes site directors who trusted teacher-consultants and let teacher-consultants from across the state work cooperatively to develop a new model for professional growth, SCORE: Secondary Content Opening to Reading Excellence, that would stand up to the challenges of preparing secondary teachers to teach reading as well as content-area material.

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