What resources would you suggest for professional book studies on reading instruction?

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.

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

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

8 thoughts on “What resources would you suggest for professional book studies on reading instruction?”

  1. The Notice and Note books by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst are essential. (Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, 2012, Heinemann; Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note Stances, Signpoints, and Strategies, 2015, Heinemann). They also wrote Disrupting Thinking, which is motivational and has some good ideas.

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    1. I second this suggestion. The Notice and Note strategies are the most helpful I’ve used in nearly 30 years of teaching reading instruction. Highly recommend adding these titles to your list.


  2. Hi, Matt! Not sure how grammar/convention work is rolling your school but Patterns of Power by Jeff and Whitney was a big game changer for helping us align curriculum and to get everyone to speak the same language.


  3. Misguided Reading and Who’s doing the Work are nice to generate discussion about best practices in guided reading, especially under the current RtI/SLD qualification climate.


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