Closing the Circle: A Practical Guide to Implementing Literacy Reform, K-12 / Edition 1

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Praise for Closing The Circle

"Sean Walmsley has written a K–12 framework for literacy learning that articulates the missing big picture and provides a new way to look at the teaching of English Language Arts. This text is a must-read for district administrators, curriculum leaders, teachers, and parents who want to revolutionize the current state of literacy instruction."
—Cathleen Kral

Instructional Leader for Literacy, Boston Public Schools

"Walmsley's attributes framework for language arts is brilliant in its simplicity. The book is rich with practical ideas based in a framework that makes sense of language arts instruction. It will help educators look beyond a skills approach to the wider and broader view of literacy."
—Susan Lenski

professor of education, Portland State University

"Walmsley provides a powerful framework for thinking about the literacy lessons offered in every school. In this new book he takes the reader on a journey that will have you changing your literacy lessons. He carefully discusses his comprehensive literacy instruction and assessment tools, and the next thing you notice is that you are wondering. Wondering about the adequacy of the lessons and the assessments. Wondering why this has not occurred to you before."
—Richard Allington

professor of education, University of Tennesee and

past president, International Reading Association

"Dr. Walmsley's literacy framework serves to focus curriculum development, enrich professional conversations and provides a comprehensive lens with which to examine, assess, and support learners and their unique interaction with all forms of receptive and expressive language. I highly recommend this book to administrators and practitioners alike as a highly usable and important tool for pursuing a systemic approach to literacy development."
—Louis N. Wool

superintendent of schools, Harrison Central School District,Harrison, New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996376
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean A. Walmsley is professor and chair of the Reading Department, State University of New York at Albany. A former teacher, he has published numerous articles in professional journals, written several books related to language arts, and is co-editor (with Richard Allington) of No Quick Fix: Rethinking Literacy Programs in America's Elementary Schools. He works with schools and districts nationally in implementing literacy and language arts reforms.

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Table of Contents


Preamble: Rethinking Literacy Expectations.

The Author.


1. A New Language Arts Framework.

2. Literacy Attributes.

3. Instructional Contributions.

4. Organizing Language Arts Instruction.

5. Instructional Support for Struggling Students.

6. Language Arts Assessment.

7. Reporting Literacy Progress.

8. Analyzing Data to Inform Instruction.

9. Implementing the Framework.

10. The Promise and Challenge of Literacy Reform.



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