Becoming a Literacy Leader Supporting Learning and Change

ISBN-10: 1571104194
ISBN-13: 9781571104199
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jennifer Allen
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Description: Becoming a Literacy Leader chronicles the work of Jennifer Allen, an elementary teacher who moved to a new school and a new job as a literacy specialist, and found herself tackling everything from teacher study groups to state-mandated assessment  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.67
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Becoming a Literacy Leader chronicles the work of Jennifer Allen, an elementary teacher who moved to a new school and a new job as a literacy specialist, and found herself tackling everything from teacher study groups to state-mandated assessment plans. The book is rooted in Jennifer's belief that teachers know what they need when it comes to professional development in literacy, and the best literacy leaders are those who listen to and respect the educators in their midst. Grounded in research but thoroughly practical, Jennifer shares advice on:organizing a literacy room with resources for classroom teachers, including book lists, bins of children's books tied to craft and strategy lessons, bulletin board ideas, and files with instructional materials; developing intervention classrooms for struggling readers and writers built on collaboration between teachers and literacy specialists; setting up assessment notebooks for teachers, and preparing new and veteran teachers for student assessments across grades; creating model programs for dealing with schoolwide problems like reading fluency, and then moving from the pilot to implementation in many classrooms; coaching new and veteran teachers in the latest literacy practices, without taking on the role of expert; analyzing and using books, videos and journals in professional development programs; infusing routine staff meetings with discussions of new literacy curricula; leading teacher study groups using a variety of formats; finding and budgeting money for professional development programs in literacy; protecting time and scheduling priorities, to ensure the literacy specialist position doesn't become a "catch-all" for the random needs of teachers or administrators. At a time when all administrators are urged to be literacy leaders, this insider's view helps to define what leadership looks like and shows how to create an environment that fosters professional development. Jennifer Allen shares the balance leaders struggle with, as they strive to support and honor the fine practices of teachers, even as they nudge colleagues to improve their literacy instruction. Ultimately, Becoming a Literacy Leader is a hopeful book, an optimistic and realistic portrait of life in schools among teachers committed to doing their jobs well.

Jennifer Allen is a freelance journalist and the author of the story collection Better Get Your Angel On. She has contributed pieces to numerous magazines including Rolling Stone, Mirabella, and The New Republic. Allen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the author Mark Richard, and their son, Roman.

Introduction
A room of one's own for literacy
"My life in seven stories" : a model for a required in-service program
Study groups : developing voluntary professional development programs
Helping kids on the bubble : the literacy intervention classroom
Coaching in classrooms
The fluency awareness project : piloting reform initiatives
Support for assessment
Scheduling and budget

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