Western Canadian Centre for Deaf Studies

The Advancing Adolescent Reading Initiative (AARI)

In this project, we are developing a series of comprehensive, customized, and technology-supported Adolescent Reading professional learning modules for Alberta educators teaching in grades 7 – 12. The modules draw upon the research and teaching expertise of local, national and international adolescent literacy specialists.

The AARI learning modules have been piloted with two cohorts of teachers representing school jurisdictions from across the province. Evaluation and cohort feedback indicate that the AARI professional learning program is highly effective in supporting teachers in sustained use of research-based practices that deliver. This research and capacity building initiative supports school jurisdictions in their efforts to increase student literacy outcomes by putting proven methods of reading instruction into Alberta classrooms.

Research Team: Dr. Lynn McQuarrie, (Principal Investigator); Dr. Rauno Parrila (Co-Investigator, Director, JP Das Centre); Dr. Norma Nocente (Secondary Education); Dr. Caralyn Purvis (Post doctoral fellow).

Funding: Alberta Education

Check it out: http://aari.educ.ualberta.ca