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Join Ruth Ayres as she leads educators in self-paced book clubs.  You will receive a copy of the book, access to a reflection portal, and virtual book club meetings.

Choose one, two or all three of the options below to read and reflect on these critical literacy topics. 

Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H. by Matt Renwick (for all literacy leaders)

Why Do I Have to Read This?  Literacy Strategies to Engage Our Most Reluctant Students by Cris Tovani (for middle school educators of all content areas)

Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates (for literacy specialists, primary teachers and instructional leaders)


Leading Like a C.O.A.C.H.: 5 Strategies to Supporting Teaching and Learning

Expand your leadership capacity to help your school reach its potential

All schools have the capacity for schoolwide instructional excellence. Schools with leaders who adopt a coaching stance as part of their practice are more likely to realize this success. Leaders achieve success with their teachers, their students, and their families, not alone.

Leading like a C.O.A.C.H. reframes the approach to schoolwide change from a leader acting alone to a leader working with a community in which each member contributes their strengths and ideas to improving instruction. Renwick, a well-known blogger and writer on literacy and leadership, encourages school leaders to embody five practices: 1. Create confidence through trust; 2. Organize around a priority; 3. Affirm promising practices; 4. Communicate feedback; and 5. Help teachers become leaders and learners. Throughout this practical guide, readers will find

  • Reflective questions
  • Activities
  • Indicators of success
  • Examples of leaders coaching teachers to excellence
  • Wisdom from the field     

This book provides new and veteran leaders with a practical approach and easily adoptable ideas for helping their schools realize their full potential.


Instructor: Ruth Ayres
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Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom

The current emphasis on the body of research known as the Science of Reading has renewed what some refer to as the reading wars and raised challenging questions for balanced literacy teachers about the best way to teach reading. Instead of fueling the debate, Jan Burkins and Kari Yates have immersed themselves in the research and produced this concise and practical guide to integrating effective reading strategies from each perspective. Each chapter of Shifting the Balance focuses on one of the six simple and scientifically sound shifts balanced literacy teachers can make to strengthen their approach in these areas:  reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, cueing systems, and text selection for early reading instruction.

 

  • PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION FOR PRIMARY GRADES: Whether your students are just learning to read or building more advanced reading comprehension skills, Shifting the Balance is designed to help teachers meet the instructional needs of K–2 students.
  • SIX MANAGEABLE SHIFTS: Each chapter focuses on a key shift that helps educators understand common misconceptions and adjust their thinking around some common instructional practices that teachers have been using for decades.
  • EVIDENCE-BASED INSTRUCTION: Jan and Kari offer busy educators a blueprint for integrating findings from brain research, cognitive science, and child development into their daily instruction, while keeping meaningful experiences with books a priority.
  • CLASSROOM APPLICATIONS: Shifting the Balance is full of sample activities and classroom vignettes that paint a picture of what these shifts look like in action with a roomful of learners.

The book has already helped countless educators by taking the guesswork out of how to blend best practices with the latest research while keeping students at the forefront of reading instruction. “We’ve written this book to support you in making sound decisions anchored in the best of science, the truth of responsiveness, and a relentless focus on providing all children learning experiences saturated with meaning,” the authors write.


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Why Do I Have to Read This? Literacy Strategies to Engage Our Most Reluctant Learners

In Why Do I Have to Read This? Cris Tovani shares her best secrets, lessons learned from big fails, and her most effective literacy and planning strategies that hook these hard to get learners. 

You will meet many of Cris’s students inside this book. As she describes some of her favorites, you may even recognize a few of your own. You will laugh at her stories and take comfort in her easily adaptable strategies that help students remove their masks of disengagement. Cris shows teachers how to plan by anticipating students’ needs. Her Curriculum You Anticipate structures of Topic, Task, Targets, Text, Tend to me, and Time will literally help you anticipate your curriculum. 

Inside Why Do I Have to Read This? readers will find:
 

  • literacy strategies for all content areas that support and engage a wide range of learners so they can read and write a variety of complex text 
  • reference charts packed with small bites of instructional shifts that coaches and teachers can use to quickly adjust instruction to re-engage students 
  • planning strategies that show teachers how to connect day-to-day instruction so that no day lives in isolation 
  • versatile thinksheets that are reproducible and adaptable to different grade levels, content areas, and disciplines

Above all, Cris gives teachers energy to get back into the classroom and face students who wear masks of disengagement. She reminds us of the importance of connecting students to compelling topics, rich text, useful targets, and worthy tasks. She reminds us of the importance of tending to students’ basic needs and helps us consider how to best structure instructional time. After reading this book, teachers will have new ways to connect with students in a deep, authentic way. Written in a humorous, compassionate, and wise voice, Why Do I Have to Read This? will provide answers to the pressing questions we have when we try to teach and reach all of our students.


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