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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, 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.

Author Biography

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.

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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