Content-Area Literacy Professional Learning

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



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.