Young children's early experiences with literacy learning are critically important to their later success in school. How can preschool and primary teachers make sure that those experiences are the best they can be?
This collection of 14 articles (published originally in IRA's influential The Reading Teacher) highlights what outstanding early literacy instruction looks like in preschool and early elementary classrooms. You'll read about
Distinguished educator Dorothy Strickland introduces the collection with a discussion of the challenges facing teachers today, a summary of trends and research in early literacy, and suggestions for how these articles can be used in professional development settings. Included with each article are reflection questions to spark discussion in school-based professional learning communities or teacher education classrooms.
Strickland is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
Book Features:Chapters written by experts who have years of experience working in schools. Real-life examples demonstrate how theories have been applied. Reflective questions and project assignments in each chapter allow readers to relate ideas to their own situations. Connections across chapters and directions for future considerations help summarize and synthesize information.
Contributors: Moises Aguirre, Kathryn H. Au, Rita M. Bean, M. Susan Burns, Jill Castek, Patricia A. Edwards, Douglas Fisher, Elena Forzani, Nancy Frey, Jennifer L. Goeke, James V. Hoffman, Barbara Kapinus, Clint Kennedy, Julie K. Kidd, Diane Lapp, Donald J. Leu, Maryann Mraz, Jeanne R. Paratore, Taffy E. Raphael, Kristen D. Ritchey, Adrian Rodgers, Emily M. Rodgers, Misty Sailors, Elizabeth V. Strode, Jacquelyn S. Sweeney, Jo Anne L. Vacca, Richard T. Vacca, Jaime Madison Vasquez, Jean Payne Vintinner, MaryEllen Vogt
“Only the most valuable of academic texts gets to a fifth edition. . . . If I were to do a column ‘What’s Hot in Literacy/Reading Texts,’ this volume would undoubtedly be at the top of the list.”
—From the Foreword by Jack Cassidy, past president, International Reading Association
“This fifth edition is a timely and most welcome addition to my professional library. This book is a ‘must’ in a time when it is essential for literacy leaders to keep up with the fast pace of what is happening in the field of reading. Wepner, Strickland, and Quatroche are exceptional educators and researchers who bring together some of the leading literacy experts to address issues that are so critical in this age of common core state standards. This is a ‘must-have’ book for anyone involved in overseeing literacy programs at school, district, and state levels.”
—Linda Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University and co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly
Shelley B. Wepner is a dean and professor in the School of Education of Manhattanville College. Dorothy S. Strickland is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education, emerita, at Rutgers University. Diana J. Quatroche is a professor and chair of the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education in the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University.