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Promoting Early Reading: Research, Resources, and Best Practices
     

Promoting Early Reading: Research, Resources, and Best Practices

by Michael C. McKenna
 

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Bringing together leading scholars, this book describes proven ways to enhance early literacy skills in 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those from low-income families. Presented are scientifically based methods and approaches that are being applied in Early Reading First programs around the country. Important topics include promoting oral language and phonemic

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Bringing together leading scholars, this book describes proven ways to enhance early literacy skills in 3- and 4-year-olds, especially those from low-income families. Presented are scientifically based methods and approaches that are being applied in Early Reading First programs around the country. Important topics include promoting oral language and phonemic awareness, conducting read-alouds, setting up effective classroom environments, meeting the needs of English language learners, providing effective preschool coaching, using assessment to plan instruction, and helping students transition to kindergarten. Contributors also share lessons learned about evaluating and sustaining high-quality programs.

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"This outstanding resource makes rich connections between the research base and instructional practices for preschoolers. It provides the tools to assess children and to plan appropriate lessons. The chapter on language development is very powerful. The case studies take you through the implementation of effective teaching strategies and document their impressive results."--Elaine Merritt, EdS, literacy coach, Johnson County Elementary School, Wrightsville, Georgia

"Wow--this book is a 'one-stop shop' for early educators! It explains the benefits of establishing a nourishing reading environment for young learners and offers research-based strategies for designing and implementing effective programs. The instructional suggestions are realistic and easy to follow. The case studies of successful classrooms are a testament that we can’t afford not to provide relevant classroom instruction to preschool-age children."--Nacole S. Guyton, EdS, Head Start and Early Head Start Director, Economic Opportunity Authority, Savannah, Georgia
 

"McKenna, Walpole, and Conradi have assembled an outstanding group of early literacy scholars, who admirably address key issues in early reading instruction. This excellent volume will be useful in graduate-level teacher education courses in both reading and early childhood programs. I recommend it highly."--Dorothy S. Strickland, PhD, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education Emerita, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606236864
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/05/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
3 - 4 Years

Meet the Author


Michael C. McKenna, PhD, was Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Reading in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia until his death in 2016. He authored, coauthored, or edited more than 20 books, including Assessment for Reading Instruction, Third Edition; How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction, Second Edition: Resources for Grades K–3; and Organizing the Early Literacy Classroom; as well as over 100 articles, chapters, and technical reports on a range of literacy topics. Dr. McKenna also served as Series Editor, with Sharon Walpole, of The Essential Library of PreK–2 Literacy. His research was sponsored by the National Reading Research Center and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. He was a corecipient of the Edward B. Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association and the Award for Outstanding Academic Books from the American Library Association, and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.
 
Sharon Walpole, PhD, is Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She has extensive school-based experience designing and implementing tiered instructional programs. Dr. Walpole has also been involved in federally funded and other schoolwide reform projects. Her current work involves the design and effects of schoolwide reforms. She has coauthored or coedited several books, including How to Plan Differentiated Reading Instruction, Second Edition: Resources for Grades K–3; The Literacy Coach’s Handbook, Second Edition; and Organizing the Early Literacy Classroom. Dr. Walpole is also Series Editor, with Michael C. McKenna, of The Essential Library of PreK–2 Literacy. She is a recipient of the Early Career Award for Significant Contributions to Literacy Research and Education from the Literacy Research Association and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Delaware.
 
Kristin Conradi, MEd, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia. She has taught literacy at several grade levels in high-poverty, inner-city schools; has worked as a K–3 reading specialist and a K–2 mentor and coach; and has served as a clinician at the McGuffey Reading Clinic. Ms. Conradi has planned and implemented extensive professional development programs in literacy for elementary faculty and has worked with Early Reading First projects as an assessment specialist.

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