Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy

Conceptual Framework and The Ten Features

Conceptual Framework

The Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model uses literacy as a tool for measuring school improvement in four related areas: student learning, teacher perceptions, school climate, and school processes. The logo of the interlocking diamonds symbolizes the dynamic, continuous relationship between a school’s literacy program and the educational agencies and policies that influence school improvement. The first diamond represents the relationship of four essential components within the school: classroom literacy framework, school-embedded professional development, intervention programs for struggling learners, and accountability and research. The second diamond represents the relationship between four educational agencies: public school, university, state education department, and state legislators. The power of the PCL model is symbolized in a partnership design that acknowledges school change as a dynamic, continuous process that requires commitment and collaboration at many levels.

Ten Features of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Model

The ten features of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model provide a structure for implementing, coordinating, and assessing a comprehensive literacy design for continuous school improvement. The features are based on evidence from best literacy practices, effective school reform, school-embedded professional development, and research-based interventions.

Feature 1: A Framework for Literacy uses a workshop approach for meeting the needs of all students, including a balance of whole group, small group, and individual conferences within an integrated, inquiry-based curriculum.

Feature 2: Coaching and Mentoring uses contingent scaffolding, coaching cycles, and a gradual release model for increasing teacher efficacy.

Feature 3: Model Classrooms are constructivist settings where teachers meet together to apprentice one another in implementing the literacy framework.

Feature 4: High Standards are based on state, national, and professional standards that align with specific benchmarks along a literacy continuum.

Feature 5: Comprehensive Assessment System includes a school-wide, seamless assessment system with multiple measures for evaluating success, including formative and summative assessments, student portfolios, intervention assessment walls, and school reports.

Feature 6: System Interventions are structured within a Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM) that includes two waves of literacy defense. The first wave is K-3, including Reading Recovery and small group interventions; and the second wave is 4-12, including classroom interventions and supplemental group interventions.

Feature 7: Collaborative Learning Communities are embedded into the school climate, including literacy team meetings, professional learning communities, teacher book clubs, peer observations, cluster visits, teacher conferences, and demonstration lessons.

Feature 8: Well-Designed Literacy Plan is developed and revised for continuous school improvement, including short and long-term goals with specific benchmarks for progress monitoring.

Feature 9: Technology and Research is naturally embedded into teaching and learning contexts. Students use technology to seek information, conduct research, and produce projects. Teachers use technology for professional learning, collaboration, and research.

Feature 10: Spotlighting and Advocacy are techniques for disseminating information on the model, including news releases, research articles, school reports, conference presentations, and other advocacy efforts.