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Improving Literacy Instruction With Classroom Research

Improving Literacy Instruction With Classroom Research Author Theresa A. Deeney
ISBN-10 9781452294247
Release 2008-11-19
Pages 216
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The author details the classroom research cycle and provides tools and sample completed projects to help educators initiate their own research and improve literacy instruction.



Strategies and Lessons for Improving Basic Early Literacy Skills

Strategies and Lessons for Improving Basic Early Literacy Skills Author Bob Algozzine
ISBN-10 9781616085841
Release 2012
Pages 218
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Offers guidance for educators on using research-based strategies to teach literacy skills to students from kindergarten to the third grade, featuring assessment guidelines and reproducible worksheets.



Improving Adult Literacy Instruction

Improving Adult Literacy Instruction Author Committee on Learning Sciences: Foundations and Applications to Adolescent and Adult Literacy
ISBN-10 9780309219594
Release 2012-03-26
Pages 504
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A high level of literacy in both print and digital media is required for negotiating most aspects of 21st-century life, including supporting a family, education, health, civic participation, and competitiveness in the global economy. Yet, more than 90 million U.S. adults lack adequate literacy. Furthermore, only 38 percent of U.S. 12th graders are at or above proficient in reading. Improving Adult Literacy Instruction synthesizes the research on literacy and learning to improve literacy instruction in the United States and to recommend a more systemic approach to research, practice, and policy. The book focuses on individuals ages 16 and older who are not in K-12 education. It identifies factors that affect literacy development in adolescence and adulthood in general, and examines their implications for strengthening literacy instruction for this population. It also discusses technologies for learning that can assist with multiple aspects of teaching, assessment,and accommodations for learning. There is inadequate knowledge about effective instructional practices and a need for better assessment and ongoing monitoring of adult students' proficiencies, weaknesses, instructional environments, and progress, which might guide instructional planning. Improving Adult Literacy Instruction recommends a program of research and innovation to validate, identify the boundaries of, and extend current knowledge to improve instruction for adults and adolescents outside school. The book is a valuable resource for curriculum developers, federal agencies such as the Department of Education, administrators, educators, and funding agencies.



Building Literacy in Social Studies

Building Literacy in Social Studies Author Donna Ogle
ISBN-10 9781416605584
Release 2007
Pages 218
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Preparing students to be active, informed, literate citizens is one of the primary functions of public schools. But how can students become engaged citizens if they can't read, let alone understand, their social studies texts? What can educators--and social studies teachers in particular--do to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and motivation to become engaged in civic life? Building Literacy in Social Studies addresses this question by presenting both the underlying concepts and the research-based techniques that teachers can use to engage students and build the skills they need to become successful readers, critical thinkers, and active citizens. The authors provide targeted strategies--including teaching models, graphic organizers, and step-by-step instructions--for activities such as * Building vocabulary, * Developing textbook literacy skills, * Interpreting primary and secondary sources, * Applying critical thinking skills to newspapers and magazines, and * Evaluating Internet sources. Readers will also learn how to organize classrooms into models of democracy by creating learning communities that support literacy instruction, distribute authority, encourage cooperation, and increase accountability among students. Realistic scenarios depict a typical social studies teacher's experience before and after implementing the strategies in the classroom, showing their potential to make a significant difference in how students respond to instruction. By making literacy strategies a vital part of content-area instruction, teachers not only help students better understand their schoolwork but also open students' eyes to the power that informed and engaged people have to change the world.



Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction

Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction Author Barbara M. Taylor
ISBN-10 9781462519248
Release 2014-07-21
Pages 625
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"The intent of this handbook is to provide a comprehensive, forward-looking, research-based resource for teachers, teacher-educators, and researchers on the key, inter-connected components of effective literacy instruction. The book is designed so that it is a readily useable resource for pre-service and practicing teachers as well. Every chapter in sections I, II, III, and IV includes substantial suggestions for implementing research-based practices in the classroom and for engaging in professional learning to help teachers increase their effectiveness as literacy instructors. Every chapter in section IV also includes substantial suggestions for fostering collaboration among staff and, when applicable, parents within schools"--



Improving Classroom Reading Instruction

Improving Classroom Reading Instruction Author Gerald G. Duffy
ISBN-10 PSU:000031394109
Release 1993
Pages 512
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This is a core text for the Elementary Reading Methods course, sometimes referred to as Developmental Reading. It is distinguished by its heavy emphasis on reading instruction. Most reading texts are organized around what research says about learning to read. Improving Classroom Reading Instruction focuses more on teaching, i.e., on how teachers think and act in order to help students achieve literacy (the ability to read and write).



Growing Readers

Growing Readers Author Kathy Collins
ISBN-10 9781571103734
Release 2004-01-01
Pages 278
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Primary-grade teachers face an important challenge: teaching children how to read while enabling them to build good habits so they fall in love with reading. Many teachers find the independent reading workshop to be the component of reading instruction that meets this challenge because it makes it possible to teach the reading skills and strategies children need and guides them toward independence, intention, and joy as readers. In Growing Readers, Kathy Collins helps teachers plan for independent reading workshops in their own classrooms. She describes the structure of the independent reading workshop and other components of a balanced literacy program that work together to ensure young students grow into strong, well-rounded readers. Kathy outlines a sequence of possible units of study for a yearlong curriculum. Chapters are devoted to the individual units of study and include a sample curriculum as well as examples of mini-lessons and reading conferences. There are also four “Getting Ready” sections that suggest some behind-the-scenes work teachers can do to prepare for the units. Topics explored in these units include: print and comprehension strategies; reading in genres such as poetry and nonfiction; connecting in-school reading and out-of-school reading; developing the strategies and habits of lifelong readers. A series of planning sheets and management tips are presented throughout to help ensure smooth implementation. We want our students to learn to read, and we want them to love to read. To do this we need to lay a foundation on which children build rich and purposeful reading lives that extend beyond the school day. The ideas found in Growing Readers create the kind of primary classrooms where that happens.



Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy

Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy Author Nancy Dean
ISBN-10 9781412979801
Release 2010-02-26
Pages 230
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Directly linked with overall student achievement, graduation rates, and success in higher education, literacy is essential for reaching academic goals in a school or county. Adolescent literacy has become the focus of many school improvement efforts to meet the needs of secondary and high school students. Without the requisite expertise in literacy, administrators and other school leaders charged with literacy improvement initiatives need a systemic and sustained approach for improving student literacy and learning. Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy presents a concrete, user-friendly, and practical guide to developing, implementing, and monitoring a schoolwide or county-wide literacy action plan. Readers will find rubrics, tools, and processes developed and field-tested by the authors over more than 10 years of close work with schools across the country.



Effective Literacy Instruction

Effective Literacy Instruction Author Judith A. Langer
ISBN-10 0814112943
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 197
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Focuses on middle and high school literacy programs that effectively support student learning in an era of national and state standards and high-stakes testing. Offers a programmatic vision, a set of principles, and real-life examples to guide educators who wish to inform their practice with research-based knowledge in order to best help their students become more highly literate.



Teaching Early Literacy

Teaching Early Literacy Author Diane M. Barone
ISBN-10 1593851065
Release 2005-01-01
Pages 246
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Grounded in cutting-edge theory and research about literacy development, this book is filled with practical assessment and instructional ideas for teachers of pre-K through grade 3. Engaging vignettes show how everyday conversations and activities offer rich opportunities both for evaluating children's current level of knowledge and for helping them progress toward more sophisticated and rewarding interactions with reading and writing. Throughout, the book highlights ways to work effectively with English language learners and their families, a theme that is the exclusive focus of two chapters. Other timely topics covered include creative uses of technology and ways to incorporate popular culture into the classroom. Over two dozen reproducible assessment tools and handouts enhance the utility of this volume as an instructional resource, professional development tool, or graduate-level text.



A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators

A Practical Guide to Action Research for Literacy Educators Author Glenda Nugent
ISBN-10 0988234904
Release 2012-09-15
Pages
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This manual has been developed to enhance the professional capacity of educators in the area of Action Research. Filled with practical information, examples, and worksheets, the manual is based on training modules developed by the Professional Development program of USAID/ESRA in cooperation with the International Reading Association. The manual will serve as a starting point for enhancing the literacy instruction capacity of teachers around the world to improve the quality of education.



Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction

Literacy Strategies for Improving Mathematics Instruction Author Joan M. Kenney
ISBN-10 9781416602309
Release 2005
Pages 113
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Provides teachers with classroom-proven ways to prepare students to be successful math learners by teaching the vocabulary and comprehension skills needed to understand mathematics.



Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults

Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults Author Susan McShane
ISBN-10 LCCN:2006415655
Release 2005
Pages 169
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Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults book for free.



Literacy Unleashed

Literacy Unleashed Author Bonnie D. Houck
ISBN-10 9781416622338
Release 2016-08-09
Pages 175
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In Literacy Unleashed, Bonnie D. Houck and Sandi Novak explain why ensuring high-quality reading instruction is one of school leaders’ most important jobs and introduce their Literacy Classroom Visit (LCV) Model. Meticulously researched and refined through years of application in the field, the LCV Model enables administrators to evaluate and improve literacy instruction in their school or district. The authors—both seasoned literacy and leadership experts—share processes and practices to help you * Identify the elements of effective literacy instruction and establish common beliefs, practices, and language within the education community. * Convene a team to conduct classroom observations and pinpoint common patterns that indicate your school or district's areas of strength and need. * Provide targeted professional development and resources that reduce unnecessary budget expenditures. * Implement the LCV Model across your entire school—ncluding all grade levels and content areas—or district. * Ensure that all students are mastering grade-level standards and expectations. This comprehensive guide includes a repertoire of tools, checklists, and templates to support you on the LCV journey, along with scenarios and videos of real schools and practitioners to illustrate what the model looks like in action. With both academic standards and 21st century jobs requiring higher-level literacy skills, quality reading instruction is more important than ever. This book provides everything you need to create a culture of literacy, reflective practice, and continual learning among staff and students alike.



Assessment for Reading Instruction Third Edition

Assessment for Reading Instruction  Third Edition Author Michael C. McKenna
ISBN-10 9781462521050
Release 2015-06-23
Pages 324
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This trusted teacher guide and widely adopted text provides a comprehensive conceptual framework and hands-on practical tools for reading assessment. The authors present a clear roadmap for evaluating K-8 students' strengths and weaknesses in each of the basic competencies that good readers need to master. Teachers learn how to select, administer, and interpret a wide range of formal and informal assessments, and how to use the results to improve instruction. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 30 reproducible assessment tools. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials. New to This Edition *Chapter on assessing vocabulary. *Additional instruments, including the Informal Decoding Inventory and the Motivation to Read Profile--Revised. *Links to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been added throughout. *The latest research and more instructional strategies in every area. See also Reading Assessment in an RTI Framework, which offers systematic guidance for conducting assessments in all three tiers of RTI.



Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children

Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children Author Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children
ISBN-10 9780309517744
Release 1998-07-06
Pages 419
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While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive, technology-driven society. This book explores the problem within the context of social, historical, cultural, and biological factors. Recommendations address the identification of groups of children at risk, effective instruction for the preschool and early grades, effective approaches to dialects and bilingualism, the importance of these findings for the professional development of teachers, and gaps that remain in our understanding of how children learn to read. Implications for parents, teachers, schools, communities, the media, and government at all levels are discussed. The book examines the epidemiology of reading problems and introduces the concepts used by experts in the field. In a clear and readable narrative, word identification, comprehension, and other processes in normal reading development are discussed. Against the background of normal progress, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children examines factors that put children at risk of poor reading. It explores in detail how literacy can be fostered from birth through kindergarten and the primary grades, including evaluation of philosophies, systems, and materials commonly used to teach reading.



Preparing Teachers

Preparing Teachers Author Committee on the Study of Teacher Preparation Programs in the United States
ISBN-10 9780309128056
Release 2010-06-25
Pages 234
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Teachers make a difference. The success of any plan for improving educational outcomes depends on the teachers who carry it out and thus on the abilities of those attracted to the field and their preparation. Yet there are many questions about how teachers are being prepared and how they ought to be prepared. Yet, teacher preparation is often treated as an afterthought in discussions of improving the public education system. Preparing Teachers addresses the issue of teacher preparation with specific attention to reading, mathematics, and science. The book evaluates the characteristics of the candidates who enter teacher preparation programs, the sorts of instruction and experiences teacher candidates receive in preparation programs, and the extent that the required instruction and experiences are consistent with converging scientific evidence. Preparing Teachers also identifies a need for a data collection model to provide valid and reliable information about the content knowledge, pedagogical competence, and effectiveness of graduates from the various kinds of teacher preparation programs. Federal and state policy makers need reliable, outcomes-based information to make sound decisions, and teacher educators need to know how best to contribute to the development of effective teachers. Clearer understanding of the content and character of effective teacher preparation is critical to improving it and to ensuring that the same critiques and questions are not being repeated 10 years from now.