Author Biographies

Dr. Rosalyn Shahid is a Literacy Consultant at Wayne RESA, adjunct professor at Madonna University, a member at large for the Michigan Council Teachers of English and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Reading Association.

Melissa Brooks-Yip is currently the Supervisor of Instruction at Washtenaw ISD and a doctoral student at Eastern Michigan University. Over 22 years in Michigan’s public education, she has also served as an ELA teacher, a K-12 literacy consultant, and a teacher education instructor at Michigan State University.


The Essential Instructional Practices for Disciplinary Literacy in the Secondary Classroom were presented to the educational community in 2016; in this article, we look back at history and ahead to classroom instruction to present the evolution of the purpose and practices of disciplinary literacies. By examining literacy as a civil right throughout history and the creation of the Essential Instructional Practices for Disciplinary Literacy, a path is revealed for educators to collaborate, differentiate professional learning, and implement classroom practices to engage students with content knowledge to foster real and relevant literacies for life.

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