The Reading Specialist, Second Edition: Leadership for the Classroom, School, and Community

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A trusted resource for day-to-day guidance, professional development, and certification courses, this nuts-and-bolts text explains the varied roles and responsibilities of reading specialists in grades K–12. Rita Bean offers evidence-based best practices for working with struggling readers, supporting teachers, planning curricula, and collaborating with parents, community programs, and granting agencies. Useful features include discussion questions, self-reflective exercises, ...

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Overview

A trusted resource for day-to-day guidance, professional development, and certification courses, this nuts-and-bolts text explains the varied roles and responsibilities of reading specialists in grades K–12. Rita Bean offers evidence-based best practices for working with struggling readers, supporting teachers, planning curricula, and collaborating with parents, community programs, and granting agencies. Useful features include discussion questions, self-reflective exercises, and lively examples and vignettes.

New to This Edition

*Expanded coverage of middle and secondary school reading programs.

*Addresses the reading specialist’s role in a response-to-intervention framework.

*Additional chapter on literacy coaching.

*Suggested learning exercises and activities for each chapter are provided in an appendix.

*Many new or revised examples and reflection questions.

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"The Reading Specialist has become a staple of reading specialist certification programs nationwide, and in this new edition, Bean offers critical updates. Among other changes, the inclusion of new vignettes of reading specialists working with adolescents and middle/high school teachers mirrors the nationwide focus on adolescent literacy. This book is a key resource for both current and future reading specialists and literacy coaches, and I recommend it for all graduate-level courses addressing the roles of Language Arts professionals."--Jacy Ippolito, EdD, School of Education, Salem State College

"Reading specialists and coaches face many diverse challenges in today's schools. Practicing specialists, as well as those taking coursework to become certified or endorsed, will find this second edition useful and practical. It provides valuable knowledge and tips to help reading specialists achieve success in their varied roles."--Jerry L. Johns, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Department of Literacy Education, Northern Illinois University

"The first edition was excellent, and this new edition is even better! This book has everything you need to take on the challenge of improving reading in your school. With expanded coverage of coaching and up-to-date information on evidence-based practices and RTI, the book shows you how to lead. Indispensable as a text in reading specialist or literacy coach programs, this book is also a 'must have' for current specialists and coaches who want to enhance their effectiveness."--Mariam Jean Dreher, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park

"Bean has done a remarkable job of addressing current issues that affect the role of the reading specialist. She has expanded her discussion of the reading specialist as coach and has included a valuable section on RTI implementation. The beauty of this book is Bean’s ability to combine theory with pragmatic 'how-to' strategies. This is a valuable resource for current reading specialists and those entering the field. Because of its many examples of good practice, I would recommend this text as a vehicle for professional development at an individual, school, or district level. It also should be included in university courses devoted to the preparation of reading specialists."--JoAnne Schudt Caldwell, PhD, Literacy and Language Doctoral Program, Cardinal Stritch University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606234075
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/11/2009
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rita M. Bean, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, she taught at the elementary school level and also served as a reading supervisor for grades K-12. Dr. Bean has developed elementary and middle school reading curriculum materials and has published in many different journals and monographs on the topics of reading curriculum; assessment and instruction in reading; professional development; and the role of reading specialists and literacy coaches (K-12). Dr. Bean developed and directed a program at the University of Pittsburgh that places certified teachers in classrooms for a year to serve as reading specialist interns while they take the coursework required for the reading specialist certificate. She served as Director of the Reading Center at the University for 25 years. During the past 5 years, she conducted research on the role of literacy coaches in schools and their role in improving literacy instruction. Dr. Bean is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame and served as a member of the Board of the International Reading Association (IRA) from 2003 to 2006. She was Chair of the IRA’s Commission on the Role of the Reading Specialist, which resulted in a position statement approved by the Board; she also served as Chair of the IRA Standards 2010 Committee for Specialized Reading Professionals. Dr. Bean received the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the University’s Distinguished Service Award for her community and outreach efforts in improving literacy.

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Table of Contents

1. The Role of Reading Specialists in Schools, Classrooms, and Communities

2. An Overview of the Instructional Role

3. The Instructional Role: Initiating, Implementing, and Evaluating

4. Leadership of the Reading Specialist: What Does It Mean?

5. Professional Development

6. Coaching: Improving Classroom and School Literacy Instruction

7. What Coaches Do to Improve Instruction: Working with Individual Teachers

8. Developing a School Reading Program

9. Assessment of Classroom and School Reading Programs

10. School, Community, and Family Partnerships

11. Writing Proposals

12. The Reading Specialist as Lifelong Learner: Meeting Challenges and Changes

Appendix A. Sample Observation Form

Appendix B. Observation Protocol for Content Area Instruction

Appendix C. Preparation for Job Interviews

Appendix D. Ideas for Course or Workshop Instructors

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