• BOYS College is based on the premise that literacy is power, and that struggling and non-struggling readers and writers can achieve exponential growth when there is a combination of powerful literacy teaching and powerful texts. Therefore, BOYS College provides support to parents, teachers, school administrators and policy makers who continue to grapple with methods and approaches to move African American boys to advanced levels of reading and writing in the elementary grades.
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  • While it can be difficult to teach reading or identify the aspects of reading and writing that will support children, parents will find the lessons and lesson format useful as they support their children at home. They will also learn effective ways to support students as they complete their homework. More importantly, however, they will be able to reinforce reading skills and strategies students often learn in their classrooms. Students will view parents as partners in their literacy development.
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  • The Literacy Impact Project is designed to have teachers rethink what is possible with literacy development in the elementary grades. They will find that increasing students’ experiences with a wide range of texts across academic disciplines and topics that are not regularly taught in the elementary grades will yield meaningful exchanges with texts for both students and teachers. They will experience the joy of nurturing interdisciplinary readers, thinkers and writers.
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  • Increasingly, principals are asked to become literacy leaders in their schools. The Literacy Impact Project provide a model for text selection, instructional supports, and assessments for significantly advancing students’ reading, writing, and intellectual development. The Literacy Impact Project also frames aspects of effective professional development principals can provide for teachers. Lastly, the Literacy Impact Project gives principals, teachers, and parents common language to talk and think about reading and writing.
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For more information on BOYS College or to become involved in the movement to advance the reading, writing, and intellectual development of African American boys in the primary grades,

please contact: Dr. Alfred Tatum