Half of Alabama Middle and High Schools Adopt Lit Program


Glencoe/McGraw-Hill has announced the company’s reading and language arts programs are being adopted in Alabama by more than 50 percent of the state’s middle and high schools for use in the 2008-2009 school year.

According to the announcement, Glencoe worked closely with teachers in Alabama to develop a program that fit their specific needs, providing differentiated instruction, and “integrated skill development.” The program, designed for grades 6 through 12, has also been aligned with Alabama state standards and, according to the company, is being used in a variety of districts, from large, urban areas to smaller rural school systems.

"Glencoe's literature program is thoroughly comprehensive and user-friendly from both a student's perspective and a teacher's perspective," said Linda Green, a sixth grade teacher for Shelby County Schools, in a prepared statement. "The layout is straightforward and enticing, and the story titles are intriguing and catch the attention of students, which isn't always easy to do with teenagers."

The company has also announced the development of a new program, designed specifically for the state of California. Similar to the Alabama program, Glencoe Literature: California Treasures is intended to engage students with quality literature, while teaching a variety of skills aligned to that state’s standards.

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