ERIC Number: ED286287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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An Administrator's Overview for Teaching Reading.
Nufrio, Ronald M.
Reading programs in elementary and secondary schools are often ineffective because principals have not had adequate preparation to assume leadership roles in such programs and are therefore unable--or unwilling--to take control of the reading program. Successful reading programs are characterized by leadership, direction, and support from principals, who should work with their teachers to provide public relations, establish teacher assistant programs, implement needed inservice, and improve reading environments. Accordingly, this paper provides school administrators with the background information they need to create such an improved learning environment and become effective, innovative curriculum leaders for reading instruction. Principals are advised to learn the basic components of a successful reading program and to evaluate each teacher's ability to individualize instruction, motivate students, use questions to stimulate comprehension, and encourage enrichment or follow-up activities. Principals also need to know the primary methods used in teaching normal students how to read, including the basal reading series, phonics methods, language-experience approach, and initial teaching alphabet. The report concludes with a discussion of two special groups of students: the learning disabled and the gifted. A selected bibliography is included. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Gifted, Instructional Leadership, Learning Disabilities, Principals, Reading Instruction, Reading Programs, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Reading Teachers, Special Education, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Supervision
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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