Teachers from Eastern Kentucky met at Morehead State for literacy.

The Adolescent Literacy Project is designed to improve teachers’ literacy instruction across Kentucky through intensive professional development for middle and high school educators--and administrator--with research-based practices.

The ALP and its leaders Alison Hruby, Brandie Trent and Leslie Workman met with Kentucky teachers in ADUC on September 17 to help finalize their Literacy Action Plans.

“The model is that the teachers come with the questions and the projects that they want to work on. We give them the tools and the support to do that,” said Hruby, MSU’s ALP director.

The ALP is funded through the Center for Collaborative Literacy Development at the University of Kentucky as a grant yearly. There is an ALP site at every public university in Kentucky.

“We make sure it’s based on the best research that we know works with readers. They’re using years and years of the best most rigorous research that’s known to work with those kids,” Hruby said. 

Alora Chesney, a Fleming County English teacher, was invited by Hruby and Trent to attend the meeting after she learned about the ALP. 

“Especially where I teach, kids aren’t exposed to a whole lot of things until they get into college and then they don’t know what to do,” said Chesney. “My hope is to give them the tools they need.”

She believed that the ALP would provide students with methods to help them analyze and interpret in school and the outside world.

“The hope is that through all of this my students are just stronger readers, writers, observers, listeners, so that they can be better citizens in the real world and be able to take care of themselves,” said Chesney.

The LAPs are lessons that teachers create to promote the literacy of students. Hruby has looked forward to the teachers implementing their LAPs.

“There’s so many cool things going on, like working with the gaming in literacy and letting students choose their own books to read. Just hearing what the teachers come up with, the creativity is exciting.”

Chesney said she would recommend the ALP to other Kentucky teachers and would want to join other projects like this.

“We have math teachers in here. We’ve had science teachers to this project,” said Chesney. “It benefits students in every area because every student needs to know how to listen, how to observe how to read, how to write, how to talk, they need those skills in the real world.”

Hruby said anyone could come attend the meetings for free, and education majors at MSU are encouraged to join.

Those who are interested in the project can reach Hruby at a.hruby@moreheadstate.edu.