ERIC Number: ED422643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
The Principal's Guide to Raising Reading Achievement.
McEwan, Elaine K.
Reading achievement and instruction receive wide attention in the popular press. Ways in which principals can increase reading levels in their schools are offered here. The text emphasizes the fact that principals have the power to create a "school of readers"; it offers current research in reading instruction and shares eight components needed to achieve this goal. The text opens with an explanation of why most students cannot read as well as they should and suggests that faculty concentrate only on things that can be changed. Chapter 2 summarizes the running debate between proponents of phonics and whole language and argues why reading cannot be an "either or" proposition. Chapter 3 then lays out the eight components needed for a reading school: (1) instructional leadership; (2) shared decision making; (3) planning to change; (4) instructional effectiveness; (5) parental involvement; (6) an articulated, balanced curriculum; (7) assessment and accountability; and (8) the 5-year plan. In chapter 4 the essential learning that needs to occur at each instructional level is detailed, and chapter 5 covers the topic of remedial reading and what principals can do to help the at-risk and learning-disabled child. The last chapter presents "30-plus" things that administrators can do immediately to raise reading achievement in a school. An 8-section resource list describes how to choose materials, how to teach cognitive strategies, and other information. (Includes an index and approximately 185 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Learning Strategies, Phonics, Principals, Reading Achievement, Reading Attitudes, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Standardized Tests
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2219; web address: www.corwin.press.com (cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6627-X; $49.95; paper: ISBN-0-8039-6628-8; $21.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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