Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Implementing Denver Public School's Literacy Studio Course at Morey Middle School: Education Reform in Action

Chrisanne LaHue, Valeri Kershaw, Nicole Saab, Trish Harder, Kristin Waters.

Morey Middle School teachers, in Denver, Colorado, experienced their ups and downs during the first two years of implementing literacy education reform under the direction of Denver Public School's distict wide reform initiative. The team of teachers, including the newly created literacy coach, worked through the transition from absolute autonomy in teaching English language arts to a shared culture of reading and writing instruction. Moving from didactic to inquiry method, from traditional to workshop structure, from linear learning tasks to holistic learning tasks, and from conventional assessment to progressive assessment, the implementation called on flexibility, commitment and intensely hard work on the part of all team members. Socialized learning now dominates the academic rigor in the English classroom at Morey. This is the story of how it happened.


Chrisanne LaHue  (United States)
Teacher/Literacy Coach
Morey Middle School
Denver Public Schools

Valeri Kershaw  (United States)

Nicole Saab  (United States)

Trish Harder  (United States)

Kristin Waters  (United States)

  • Literacy Education Reform
  • Teacher's Work Changes During Reform Efforts

(90 min. Colloquium, English)