The objective of this course will be to focus on the foundations of content literacy and the literacy design principles as they impact teaching practices and student learning. Participants will familiarize themselves with literacy practices which connect to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Participants will explore, analyze, and discuss literacy practices through a series of readings and written responses and observe model lessons taught in major content areas. Participants will interact as learners as they work together in a small group format to plan units and lessons. Participants will use literacy practices in connection with the local school district lesson development materials provided to guide and deepen their knowledge of the district curricula and to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.