Sally Brown is a graduate assistant and doctoral student in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. With approximately eight years experience as a classroom teacher working with at risk students and seven years experience in a supervisory role for preservice teachers, Sally has seen first hand the needs of struggling readers. She has successfully developed curriculum for students with mild/moderate disabilities, youth at risk in an alternative high school, and culturally diverse student populations in comprehensive high schools. Sally received her Master of Education degree in Special Education with endorsements in learning disabilities and emotional disturbance from the University of Virginia. Working under Dr. Nicole Pyle, her current research focuses on literacy interventions designed to improve outcomes for struggling readers in secondary education.
L-ACT (Literacy for Access to College and Texts): Utah Alternative High Schools College Readiness Partnership Participants will learn about a state-funded project to support alternative high school students to become college ready. The Utah Alternative High Schools (AHSs) College Readiness Partnership is a collaboration between Utah State University and three AHSs in Utah to increase the number of underrepresented juniors and seniors who achieve ACT college-readiness benchmarks, read more proficiently, apply for college, and complete FAFSA by participation in ACT online tutorials, reading/content intervention sessions, college application and FAFSA events, and a college tour. The creation of an AHS State Leadership Team aims to improve AHS students’ college readiness by recommending effective strategies to prepare for and enroll in college, and developing an effective model for AHSs to implement for program sustainability. In Spring 2016, we implemented this project at one pilot AHS. In the Fall, the project will be implemented at three AHSs. Preliminary data from the pilot project will be presented and discussed along with a review of challenges and successes currently being implemented in the three AHSs.
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