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Teaching Reading in a Title I School, K-3 / Edition 1

Teaching Reading in a Title I School, K-3 / Edition 1

by Nancy Akhavan, Denise Rea


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When linguistic diversity meets poverty in a Title I school, teaching reading can seem like an impossible task. It doesn't have to be, but you've got to be focused - on the children, on the standards, and on your own teaching. The Title I Teacher's Guide to Teaching Reading, K - 3 offers classroom-tested solutions to the unique challenges of Title I schools. You'll find methods for teaching reading that improve student performance without resorting to prescriptive interventions while meeting important state standards and successfully addressing funding-dependent federal mandates.

In The Title I Teacher's Guide to Teaching Reading, K - 3, Nancy Akhavan, a Title I principal, takes a pragmatic, goal-oriented approach to meeting reading benchmarks. She illustrates instruction that looks beyond the government's free-lunch label to see exciting possibilities for every child, showing how:

  • reading workshop and units of study can augment or supplement - yet not supplant - a textbook and improve children's reading
  • meaningful instructional routines foster good reading habits in students who don't come from homes with strong models of literacy
  • strategy-based instruction gives students the tools to move toward independence
  • careful scaffolding can help English learners raise their achievement
  • well-planned, well-sequenced instruction makes it easier for teachers to document their activities for administrators.

Throughout, Akhavan's encouraging, practical advice focuses on what's really important in helping struggling students, on finding doable solutions to instructional problems, and on connecting your professional learning to your students' learning.

You understand the obstacles, hurdles, and hoops of teaching in Title I classrooms. Now learn how to overcome them. Read The Title I Teacher's Guide to Teaching Reading, K - 3 and take the advice of a Title I veteran. You'll find proven ways to help your students grow into lifelong readers and to help your school exceed expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325010830
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 01/11/2008
Edition description: Teachers G
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nancy Akhavan is an educational leader and currently Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Division in Fresno Unified School District, a large urban district in California's Central Valley. She has worked as a principal, elementary school bilingual teacher, bilingual resource teacher, and professional developer for the past twenty years. Nancy is passionate about providing a high quality education for all children through authentic, purposeful instruction. She has provided staff development training to teachers grades K-12 on topics as Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English, English Language Development, literacy, and standards based instruction. She also has provided training to teacher leaders and administrators in systems and culture change, school reform, and classroom based professional development. Nancy was formerly Principal of Pinedale Elementary School in Clovis Unified School District, and Lee Richmond Elementary School in Hanford, California. Her books include: How to Align Literacy Instruction, Assessment, and Standards: And Achieve Results You Never Dreamed Possible (2004) , Help! My Kids Don't All Speak English: How to Set Up a Language Workshop in Your Linguistically Diverse Classroom(2006), The Title I Teacher's Guide to Teaching Reading, K-3 (2008), and The Teaching Writing in a Title I School, K-3 (2009). Nancy Akhavan is Heinemann Professional Development provider.

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