The Essential Guide to Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs


Peter Dewitz, Susan B. Leahy, Jennifer Jones, and Pamela Maslin Sullivan

This groundbreaking, innovative resource is what every school using or planning to use a core reading program absolutely must have. This one-of-a-kind guide takes an objective look at the skills, texts, and assessments included in the most commonly used programs to first help you evaluate and select an effective program and then implement that program. Whether you are a teacher, a principal, a reading specialist or coach, a school leader, or an administrator, you will learn how to

  • Make the most effective use of—and improve on—what core programs provide
  • Incorporate elements like motivation and oral language development into your instruction, which core programs tend to neglect
  • Analyze the intervention programs for struggling readers and ELLs that now accompany most core reading programs
  • Critique the program’s assessments and construct an effective assessment system.

The free Guide to Program Selection (GPS) will help you evaluate the texts, the instruction, and the assessments in core reading programs, taking you through many of the procedures described throughout the book.

You will discover that while there is most likely no one best program, there may be a few programs with the right texts and enough well-crafted lessons that will help your students learn to read with purpose, curiosity, and excitement.

© 2010 | 360 pp.
ISBN 13: 978-0-87207-707-2

The Essential Guide to Selecting and Using Core Reading Programs

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