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Catching Schools: An Action Guide to Schoolwide Reading Improvement

Catching Schools: An Action Guide to Schoolwide Reading Improvement

by Barbara M Taylor, Nell K Duke


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Based on her work over the last decade with more than 100 schools and visits to more than 5000 classrooms, Barbara Taylor shares her School Change in Reading (SCR) reform model in Catching Schools. At the heart of the reform model is the belief that student learning improves when teachers are supported with research-based, effective reading instruction and are given a way to work alongside one another to hone their teaching abilities. The end result: a collaborative school community, motivated teachers, and students who are successful, engaged readers.

Taylor's action points to schoolwide reading improvement include:

  • research-proven practices for teaching reading
  • a model to put these practices into action for schoolwide reform in reading
  • assessment practices to inform teaching
  • collaborative meeting strategies and professional learning activities; including 100+ reproducibles for teachers and administrators.

PLUS! Video clips show lessons, coaching techniques, and staff discussions in action.

Catching Schools provides processes around which other reforms can be carved. Improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness as you build a strong school community. With Catching Schools you'll be sure to catch your school before it falls behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325026589
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 01/26/2011
Edition description: Book and DVD
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 806,780
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Barbara Taylor has been active in reading research and outreach to schools throughout her career as a professor at the University of Minnesota. In addition to developing the Early Intervention in Reading model, Taylor has published widely on reading comprehension, effective reading instruction, and successful school-wide reading improvement in journals, including Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, and The Reading Teacher. In 2010 she was awarded the Oscar Causey Award for Distinguished Contributions to Reading Research from the National Reading Conference, the latest in a long line of awards.

Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., is a professor of language, literacy, and culture and faculty associate in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke received her Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Duke's work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Duke is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, the Literacy Research Association Early Career Achievement Award, the International Reading Association Dina Feitelson Research Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, and the International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Award. Nell is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as the books Reading and Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades: Research-Based Practices; Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to Five; Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent's Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5; and her most recent book, Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K - 8 Classrooms. She is also editor of The Research-Informed Classroom book series, co-editor with Ellin Keene of the Not This But That book series, and co-editor of the book Literacy Research Methodologies. Duke teaches preservice, inservice and doctoral courses in literacy education, speaks and consults widely on literacy education, and is an active member of several literacy-related organizations. She has served as author and consultant on a number of educational programs, including Buzz About IT, iOpeners, National Geographic Science K-2 and the DLM Express. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S. Nell is currently overseeing IRA's Literacy Research Panel blog, which you can follow here:

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