Time to Act

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success pinpoints adolescent literacy as a cornerstone of the current education reform movement, upon which efforts such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act must be built. The report’s recommendations intersect with the $4.35 billion “Race to the Top” competitive grant guidelines, with their emphasis on standards and assessments, data systems, great teachers and leaders, and re-engineering struggling schools.

Time to Act is the capstone report of Carnegie Council for Advancing Adolescent Literacy. Since 2004, under the direction of Council Chairperson Catherine Snow, professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Council has gathered knowledge and ideas from experts nationwide on topics ranging from linguistics to the social science of teaching.

At the report’s launch event, in September 2009, Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian stated, “Today, let us set ourselves the task of helping all American students to become wealthy in knowledge and understanding by improving their literacy skills.  And, as Andrew Carnegie said, one of the jobs of a patriot is ‘...the dispelling of ignorance and the fostering of education.’ Hence, as patriots and as parents, teachers, leaders of business and government—and as Americans—let us commit ourselves to being good ancestors to the generations who follow by ensuring that each and every student can ‘read to learn.’” 

The report is accompanied by five corresponding reports, which delve deeper into how to advance literacy and learning for all students, including such topics as the cost of implementing adolescent literacy programs and reading in the disciplines.

Download Time to Act below, or order a print copy (one per user) via email from Valerie Vitale, vv(at)carnegie.org.

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