SREB’s Powerful Literacy
Instructional Practices help teachers build meaningful,
literacy-based assignments that align with standards and engage
students in deeper learning.
When fully integrated into planning, instruction and assessment,
these practices create literacy-based classrooms that are built
on deep student understanding rather than coverage of material.
What Do the Practices Look Like?
Literacy Instructional Practices Rubric offers examples of
teacher and student behaviors and learning artifacts found in
classrooms that embrace these practices:
- The literacy-based assignment includes an authentic written
product in which students cite evidence from reading complex
texts that are aligned to the depth of knowledge of the
- The lesson sequence supports or scaffolds the learning of
literacy and content standards through explicit instruction.
- Clear and measurable learning targets are established and
communicated to the students and assessed by the teacher.
- Literacy strategies or mini-tasks involving reading, writing,
speaking and/or listening are embedded into lessons to support
the learning of skills and content.
- Student discourse is integrated to support student ownership
- Formative and summative assessments are used in all aspects
of the learning process.
Customizable Design and Delivery
We offer professional learning support that is never
SREB’s leadership and instructional coaches partner with
district- and school-based leaders to conduct an initial
instruction review or consultation to inform the scope and
sequence of a customized professional learning plan.
In a typical implementation, districts or schools undertake a
cycle of professional learning and face-to-face or virtual
coaching. After each cycle, SREB’s coaches work with school
leaders to review and revise the professional learning plan based
on classroom observations, teacher and principal conversations,
and other data.
Our approach builds capacity and sustainability by developing
local expertise to spread the practices to new and existing