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Arguing that our democratic society needs citizens with advanced language and thinking skills, this paper invites readers to take part in a Literacy Compact in their communities. It first discusses what a Literacy Compact is, describing it as a pact between students, English language arts teachers, parents, school administrators, and communities to work together to improve English language arts learning in their schools. It then briefly discusses the Standards for the English Language Arts defined by the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association, and the broad goals it holds for students. The next section offers a model Literacy Compact that outlines specific pledges of action for students, English language arts teachers, parents, school administrators, and communities. Two resources to help start a Literacy Compact are noted at the end of the document. (SR)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Language Arts, Literacy, National Standards, Parent Participation, Politics of Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship

National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 800-369-6283 (Toll Free). For full text: http://www.ncte.org/positions/compact.html.









Autor: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7617&id=ED450383







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