Educational Design and Technology


Students have high levels of reading literacy and become independent, life-long readers

Reading is a window to the world. Reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and in life. As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings.

[From: Standards for the 21st Century Learner. www.ala.org/aasl/standardsexternal link ]

Additional Reading                                                                       Children's storytime in library

Blachowicz, Camille and Ogle, Donna. Reading Comprehension: Strategies for Independent Learners. 2nd Ed. New York: Guildford Publications. 2008.

Research-based approaches to comprehension instruction, designed to help K-9 students compare and evaluate print and online sources, build study skills, and become motivated readers.

Farstrup, Alan E., Samuels, S. Jay. 2002.
What Research has to say about Reading Instruction.

International Reading Association, 2002.

International Reading Association (IRA)

Nnonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.  IRA supports literacy professionals through a range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.  Members promote literacy for all by:

  • Improving the quality of reading instruction
  • Disseminating research and information about reading
  • Encouraging the lifetime reading habit

http://www.reading.org/General/Default.aspxexternal link


Marcoux, E., and D. Loertscher. The Role of a School Library in a School's Reading Program.Teacher Librarian 37.1 (2009): 8-14.

Moreillon, Judi. Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact. Chicago, Ill.:  ALA 2007.

Research shows that collaboration between classroom teachers and teacher-librarians improves overall effectiveness in increasing student's reading comprehension and achievement. This resource shows how to develop these co-teaching strategies.

Moreillen, Judi. Position Yourself at the Center: Co-teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies.Teacher Librarian 35.5 (2008): 27-33. 

New York State English Language Arts Core Curriculum (2005)

(Prekindergarten-Grade 12)

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/ela/elacore.pdf pdf document(1006 KB)

Web Resources

American Association of School Librarians. Position Statement on the School Library Media Specialist’s Role in Reading.2009. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/positionstatements/roleinreading.cfm .

American Association of School Librarians. School Library Media Specialist's Role in Reading Toolkit. 2009. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslissues/toolkits/slmsroleinreading.cfm .

Adolescent Literacy Walk-Through for Principalsexternal link pdf document(PDF 307 KB)

(A Guide for Instructional Leaders)

Expanding the Definition of Literacy

Web site looks at three categories of literacy; visual, media, and information literacy. Children are exposed to imagery that they must constantly process and interpret. Literacy has come to mean much more than the ability to read. http://ccb.lis.illinois.edu/Projects/youth/literacies/lit_home.htmlexternal link

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) guide presents practical
strategies that classroom teachers and specialists can use to help
students in grades 4 to 12 refine and build upon their reading skills.
Practice Guide: Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and
Intervention Practices
http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/adlit_pg_082608.pdfexternal link PDF file icon (1.45MB)

Intervention Central - multiple grade levels, multiple subjects, resource for progress monitoring, RTI interventions and differentiated instruction;

www.interventioncentral.orgexternal link

Let’s blog: Settles Bridge Elementary School Media Centerexternal link.

Janie Cowan involves students and teachers in discussion about books and reading.  Recent topics include, what book are you reading now?  How do you choose a book to read?  What did you like best about an author’s visit to our school?  Should books be made into movies? Why or why not?

New York State Reading Resource Center

The mission of the New York State Reading Resource Center is to ensure the consistent use of scientifically based reading research and instruction through the dissemination of accurate information, statewide, on current research and best/effective/evidence-based practices in reading instruction. The Center will also assist in the planning and implementation of professional development across the State on current research and evidence based practice.

http://nysrrc.monroe.edu/ external link  

Reading Next: A Vision For Action and research in Middle and High School Literacy: A Report to the Carnegie Corporation of New York

http://www.all4ed.org/files/ReadingNext.pdf external link  PDF file icon (1.97 MB)

Reading Rockets: Web tools to support elementary, reading;

www.readingrockets.org external link

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success
Resources for Educators

Carnegie Corporation of New York

http://www.carnegie.org/literacy/resources_audience.html#1 external link

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to improve Writing off Adolescents in Middle and High Schools: A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York

http://www.all4ed.org/files/WritingNext.pdfexternal link PDF file icon (373 KB)

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Last Updated: September 29, 2010