Evaluating the K-12 Literacy Curriculum: A Step by Step Guide for Auditing Programs, Materials, and Instructional Approaches

1st Edition

Colleen Pennell

March 4, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages - 36 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367203634 - CAT# K418681

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As your school district undertakes the process of evaluating its K-12 reading program, literacy curriculum, or literacy instructional practices, this book will be your go-to resource. Pennell offers a step-by-step guide for educators, school leaders, or professional learning communities to evaluate high-quality instructional materials and standards-aligned literacy practices. It includes a wealth of tools such as timelines, full meeting agendas, stakeholder surveys, and evaluation rubrics.

Chapters cover key topics, including:

  • Literacy leadership team meetings
  • Reviewing foundational skills
  • Comprehension and vocabulary
  • Evaluating writing
  • Selecting new materials
  • Implementing new literacy materials
  • Supporting educators through instructional coaching and professional learning

Pennell provides a straightforward framework for how educators can work together collaboratively to analyze, reflect, and ultimately evaluate their school district’s literacy program. Each chapter is grounded in salient research on the why of literacy teaching and learning, and helps you understand how instruction can be meaningfully aligned with current standards. The research and theory that support effective literacy instruction—including culturally responsive practices—are explained in an accessible and pragmatic manner.

The practical tools in this book are essential for administrators and educators tasked with evaluating literacy programs and practices, as well as graduate students who must learn how to audit a literacy curriculum. Whether you’re a school administrator, teacher, or reading specialist, this book will ensure all your students can reach success in literacy.


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