Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement
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Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement

by Cynthia McCallister
     
 

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Unison Reading engages students as they read content aloud in small, diverse groups. Results include increased equity, social engagement, collaborative learning, and student achievement.  See more details below

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Unison Reading engages students as they read content aloud in small, diverse groups. Results include increased equity, social engagement, collaborative learning, and student achievement.

Editorial Reviews

Dolores M. Hennessy
"This book’s strong research base, as well as the knowledge that a school can use this method with success, speaks volumes to the success rate of using Unison Reading."
Curt Dudley-Marling
"This book offers the promise of an effective approach to reading instruction based on sound theory and substantial research. It is a powerful antidote to the hyper-focus on low level reading skills."
Shelley Harwayne
“Cynthia Mc Callister reminds us to stop labeling children and to begin listening to them and learning from them. Above all, the author highlights the importance of camaraderie, respect and support as children learn to read in the company of their peers.”
Kerry Rutishauser
"As the principal who collaborated with Mc Callister to pilot the implementation of Unison Reading on a PK-8 schoolwide basis, I have witnessed firsthand its true power to dramatically raise reading achievement. Growth of students in all grades outpaced the national norm, and our lowest performing students' achievement rateshave been even more dramatic. Unison Reading, if brought to a larger scale, can close the achievement gap.”
John S. Mayher
“Cynthia Mc Callister’s Unison Reading boldly proposes and shows how to achieve a deep change of theory and practice in the acquisition and development of reading. It promises to live up to its subtitle and build socially inclusive classrooms producing equity and achievement. And, most exciting of all, this uncommon sense approach will banish boredom and bring joy and excitement back to the reading class."
Susan Kirch
“Unison Reading enables educators to deliver the kind of attention to individual performance that is normally only attained through one-on-one instruction. As a science education researcher I've used Unison Reading to hear students co-construct and talk about scientific words, claims, and evidence and found it to be a powerful tool to design transformative instruction.”

Susan Lytle
“Mc Callister and her colleagues in schools have spawned an enormously generative idea that creates a lively and inclusive learning environment. This approach provides a remarkable opportunity for teachers who want a very rich context for observing students' comprehension and interests."
Joshua Aronson
“Mc Callister has developed one of the most exciting and important educational innovations I have ever seen. In an era where schools are forced into a Faustian choice between time spent on academic skills and time spent on social, moral, and character development, along comes this theoretical and practical breath of fresh air, which elegantly does it all at the same time. This book should be read by anyone interested in improving education.”
Kenneth J. Gergen
“Thank you, Cynthia Mc Callister, for this remarkable contribution to practices of collaborative learning. The concept of Unison Reading reminds us that learning is fundamentally a social process. Most helpfully, we are introduced to the fine details of how this process can increase motivation, attention, mutually supportive relationships, and reading mastery. I am very impressed, and we should all be grateful.”
Susan B. Neuman
"This could be the most innovative approach to reading instruction I've come across in the last 20 years. It has the potential to transform classroom practice, enabling students to meet the highest quality standards of reading instruction. A must-read."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412986649
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Mc Callister is the creator of Unison Reading, a method for group reading instruction that conceives of reading first and foremost as a form of social activity through which particular skills and competencies develop. Cynthia developed Unison Reading over two decades in her roles as a teacher-practitioner and a scholar. During her early professional life as a teacher of young children, Cynthia became intrigued by how readily children mastered reading and writing in the context of activities that made literacy engaging and playful. And throughout her experiences as a mother of three children in New York City public schools, a K-5 teacher (in rural Maine and New York City), a teacher educator, staff developer, and school reformer with extensive involvement in a wide range of culturally- and linguistically-diverse Pre-K-8 schools, Cynthia has come to understand that learning for every child depends on engagement, curiosity, a personal commitment to the objects of learning, and an opportunity to acquire new ideas in the company of others.

Cynthia is Associate Professor at New York University where she is founding Director of the program in Literacy Education. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Maine in 1995.

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