Press Release

Adolescent Literacy Model Included in Learner Variability Project’s Navigator
Whole child movement gains new momentum with this evidence-based web app

November, 6, 2019 | ​ Washington, D.C. ​  –  ​        Digital Promise Global has added an adolescent​ literacy learner model to its free and open-source web app, the Learner Variability Navigator (LVN). Learner models for reading and literacy now extend from PreK-12, with math models from  PreK-grade 9. Each learner model is based on a whole child framework that includes evidence-based factors of learning and strategies that reflect content, cognitive abilities, social and emotional considerations, and student background.

“In this fast-paced global economy, advanced literacy and critical thinking skills are even more important to acquire,” said Karen Cator, president and CEO of Digital Promise. “One of our goals at Digital Promise is to help teachers and product developers infuse research on adolescent literacy, and other areas, into their product and practice,” she added. “The Learner Variability Project and its web app, the Navigator, make the complex world of learning science research accessible to all.”

Several research-based factors of learning and related strategies included in the new adolescent literacy model are:

  • Students’ Reading Fluency

Factor:  These skills mature during adolescence to become more automatic and  accurate; however, students are still developing the ability to parse longer; and more complex text.

Strategy:  Reading aloud with students continues to help them understand how to process complex syntax and read with the appropriate prosody and expression.

  • Developing Critical Literacy

Factor:  Adolescents need strong Critical literacy skills to consider issues of power and bias in the texts they encounter in school and beyond in a complex world.

Strategy:  To build these skills, students can create their own counter-texts, which may motivate them to give voice to perspectives that may not have originally been present in texts or historical accounts.

  • Access and Effective Use of Technology

Factor:  The use of technology can expand learning opportunities for reading and writing; adolescents’ literacy environments include many types of digital media, which can be spaces to find and compose personally meaningful texts.

Strategy:  Educators can also use multimedia texts to layer different sources and prompt students’ awareness and information literacy skills.

LVN also has a new look, is more user friendly, and has more interactive workspace features, including a public work space to make collaboration more efficient and effective. For example, here is a public workspace with resources for supporting culturally responsive practices. ​LINK

“With the launch of our adolescent literacy model and new workspace supports for practitioners and product developers, the LVN is now one of the most robust evidence-based whole child supports in real practice,” said Vic Vuchic, chief innovation officer at Digital Promise and head of the Learner Variability Project.

Press Contact:
Rachael Brown 
Digital Promise


 About Digital Promise

Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digita​l Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.

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