As noted in a previous post, we (our instructional leadership team) are loosening up the reins a bit this year with professional development. Instead of a scheduled set of PD days with pre-determined agendas, we are making time for ourselves to engage in self-directed studies with a reading instruction resource of choice. We pick the resource which determines who we will collaborate with for the next three months to discuss the information and our reflections.
The question I pose here is: What resources would you recommend for these study groups? We have developed a list, yet I am confident this is not exhaustive.
- The Comprehension Experience (Hammond & Nessel, Heinemann, 2011)
- Conferring with Readers (Serravallo & Goldberg, Heinemann, 2017)
- From Striving to Thriving (Harvey & Ward, Scholastic, 2017)
- Minds Made for Stories (Newkirk, Heinemann, 2014)
- Passionate Readers (Ripp, Routledge, 2017)
- Readicide (Gallagher, Stenhouse, 2009)
- Reading Essentials (Routman, Heinemann, 2003)
- Reading in the Wild (Donalyn Miller, Jossey-Bass, 2014)
- Reading with Meaning (Debbie Miller, Heinemann, 2012)
- What are the Rest of my Kids Doing? (Moses, Heinemann, 2017)
- What Really Matters for Struggling Readers (Allington, Pearson, 2011)
If you feel there is an essential resource missing from this list, please share in the comments! In a later post, I will describe in more detail the process we are using for facilitating these professional study groups. -Matt