Language- and Literacy-Driven Social-Emotional Learning Program
Voices Literature & Writing is a supplemental, social-emotional-learning, and character-education resource delivered through a unique, integrated language arts approach. Six powerful themes anchor Voices Literature & Writing instruction.
Each program theme builds over the grade levels, K–6, with distinct grade-level themes that address theme content in age-appropriate ways. It is the content of these themes that
engages students in learning in new ways.
connects social development, social and emotional learning (SEL), character education, language, and literacy to promote positive classroom climate and increase achievement.
Voices Literature & Writing complements existing character-education and anti-bullying initiatives already in place in schools and districts. The program supports or aligns to other organizations’ approaches to SEL, including
the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Core Competencies.
the Character Education Partnership 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) schoolwide interventions framework.
Catherine Snow, Ph.D., Senior Author
Catherine Snow, Ph.D., is the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on children's language and literacy development, focusing on how oral language skills are acquired and how they relate to literacy outcomes. Snow has collaborated on three major longitudinal studies of language and literacy skills among low-income children, one of which focused primarily on how low-income bilingual learners transfer these skills from first to second language.
Robert L. Selman, Ph.D., Senior Author
Robert L. Selman, Ph.D., is the Roy Edward Larsen Professor of Education and Human Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. His practice-based research on children's social and ethical development focuses on diversity issues for elementary students, school-based support and prevention programs for middle school students, and curricula for high school students.
Patrick C. Walker, Ph.D., Senior Author
Patrick C. Walker, Ph.D., helped develop a neighborhood-wide drug and violence prevention coalition in Boston that is the foundation of Voices Literature & Writing. Armed with research on effective, culturally appropriate prevention programs, Walker proposed a far-reaching solution: a school-based program that uses culturally diverse literature to promote literacy, social development, and drug and violence prevention.
Cynthia Tyson, Ph.D., Consulting Author
Cynthia Tyson, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University where she has conducted research and taught courses in children's literature and social studies education. Her work has primarily addressed the social, cultural, and critical issues of our times through the use of multicultural children's books. Tyson has authored many articles and books on children’s literature, social studies/ multicultural education, and teaching for social justice.
Maria Carlo, Ph.D., Consulting Author
Maria Carlo, Ph.D., ELL Specialist, is currently an Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education at the University of Miami. An expert in the area of English-language learning and bilingualism, her research focuses on the cognitive processes that underlie reading in a second language. Carlo has authored several articles on reading development, vocabulary instruction, and the cross-language transfer of academic skills.
Ernest Morrell, Ph.D., Consulting Author
Ernest Morrell, Ph.D., Writing Specialist, is Professor of Arts and Humanities and the director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Recognized for his commitment to teaching and service, Dr. Morrell shares a vision of powerful literacy practices in urban education that provide youth the skills they need to succeed academically and function more powerfully as citizens in our democracy.
Sonya L. Whitaker, Ed.D., Senior Consultant
Sonya L. Whitaker, Ed.D., is Superintendent for Fairmont School District 89, in Lockport, Illinois. As Superintendent, former Director for Academic Improvement, educational consultant, workshop facilitator and teacher, Dr. Whitaker is passionate about ensuring that all students experience academic success. She is a published author and has recently released a professional development DVD entitled The Culturally Responsive Teacher: How Understanding Culture Positively Impacts Instruction and Student Achievement.
The new Voices Literature & Writing offers everything you need to enrich your literacy instruction.
A Teacher Guide for each theme provides activities and instruction for the theme's Teacher Read-Alouds, writing minilessons, Correlation to the Common Core State Standards, and a Theme Poster.
Teacher Read-Alouds are the core of this program. These culturally diverse trade books provide equal access to shared content and are the springboard for discussion and writing. In each theme, five books are included in Grades K—3, and three books are included in Grades
Read-Aloud CD contains complete audio recordings of each Teacher Read-Aloud that model fluent reading and allow individualized listening opportunities.
Teaching Masters includes a CD-ROM with printable resources for minilesson support, student partner activities, and school-to-home connections. A printed answer key is also included.
Theme Poster, included within the Teacher Guide, introduces the Central Question and provides a visual focal point for discussion of the Teacher Read-Aloud.
Background Building Videos DVD includes one short, three-minute nonfiction video for each Teacher Read-Aloud and provides students with the necessary background to access the literature.
Social Development Research contains independent research articles by Roger Weissberg, Robert Selman, Catherine Snow, and others about social development's impact on achievement and literacy.
Voices Literature & Writing's new technology solutions engage students and support teachers in daily reading instruction.
Digital Resources for Voices Literature & Writing is easy-to-use and saves teachers time. Compatible with any interactive whiteboard brand (or for use with any computer projection system). Provides a fluid, intuitive user experience for teachers and students. Includes:
Lesson Resources for vocabulary development, discussion activities, and writing models.
Writing prompts and rubrics.
Background Building Videos (also available on DVD).
Delivered online, access to Digital Resources is provided for one year in the Theme Packages and six years in the Complete Sets and can be renewed for one or six years.
Renewal licenses for this product can be ordered by contacting Technical Support at 800.377.0824.
Voices Literature & Writing systematically involves students in far-reaching themes and activities for character and social development that address the main goals and indicators of the Character Education Partnership’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
Tracy Elizabeth, M.A.T., Ed.M., and Robert L. Selman, Ph.D., review educational policy shifts from the past 25 years that have influenced the teaching of social development in schools. The authors also discuss how to integrate teaching academic-content knowledge and social awareness in a way that supports the Common Core State Standards. This white paper has been reposted with permission from its publisher, Saperstein Associates.