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Coming Together as Readers
Building Literacy Teams

Second Edition

July 2007 | 224 pages | Corwin

"Perfect for teachers and school administrators looking to bridge the reading gap between the school and community. Provides many useful and relevant suggestions."
Ken Schofield, Principal
Chaparral Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ

"I absolutely enjoyed the text. The amount of studies and research-based decision-making strategies make this resource invaluable for schools working on school improvement plans. This book could be used as a textbook for reading improvement!"
—Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Sandcreek Middle School, Idaho Falls, ID

Create a community-supported culture of reading that fosters students' lifelong cognitive development!

Based on the premise that student growth in literacy is strengthened when all stakeholders are involved, Coming Together as Readers, Second Edition, helps educators forge community collaborations to build successful reading at all grade levels. Drawing on her experience as a teacher, professor, and former president of the International Reading Association, literacy expert Donna Ogle offers creative strategies for using university partnerships, teacher collaboration, and family involvement to help shape, inform, and support reading habits beyond the primary grades.

The author also provides an easy-to-administer survey for diagnosing a school's reading culture, and demonstrates how to identify priorities and create a vision, encourage shared discussion and study, and move toward positive change that promotes ideal conditions for developing literacy. Aligned with national reading initiatives and standards, this updated, research-based edition includes:

  • A new chapter about gaining support from libraries
  • Protocols for teacher groups reviewing student work
  • Examples of teachers sharing their own personal reading with students
  • Web sites and tips for working with government and professional organizations

This reader-friendly guidebook is ideal for helping young students expand their reading strategies to establish the cognitive foundation for advanced learning.


 
Foreword by Dorothy Strickland
 
Author's Foreword
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. Beginning to Share Literacy
 
2. Teachers Working Together
 
3. Building a Literacy Community in the Classroom
 
4. Working Together With Students' Families
 
5. Working Together at the School Level
 
6. Collaborating With State Departments of Education by Eunice Greer
 
7. Working Together With Communities, Cultures, and the World
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"This book is perfect for use by teachers and school administrators looking to bridge the reading gap between the school and community. The book has many useful and relevant suggestions."

Ken Schofield, Principal
Chaparral Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ

"I absolutely enjoyed the text. The studies and research-based decisions make the text valuable for schools that are working on their school improvement plans. This book could be used as a textbook for reading improvement!"

Lyndon Oswald, Principal
Sandcreek Middle School, Idaho Falls, ID

"The author holds background as not only a teacher and professor but also former president of the International Reading Association, and provides creative ideas for using university partnerships and family involvement alike to shape reading habits at all levels of education."

The Bookwatch, September 2007
Key features
  • Suggests ways to include parents
  • Provides protocols for teachers examining student work together
  • Shows how teachers can share their own personal reading with students
  • New chapter looks at how to gain greatest support from libraries and librarians

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