ERIC Number: EJ855945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 3
Literacy Committee: Creating a Community of Readers
Preddy, Leslie B.
School Library Monthly, v26 n1 p43-47 Sep 2009
In many schools, the school librarian is solely responsible to ensure the implementation of the school's reading program, technology plan, and information skills training. It may be a worthy goal to be a superhero, but school librarians should understand that they don't have to do all this alone. A school Literacy Committee can be a tremendous help. The Literacy Committee is made up of members from across content areas and the school librarian. Its primary responsibility is to build a school community of readers. The committee's activities help keep people motivated with reminders throughout the year. They model reading and ways to motivate reading in the classroom through sustained silent reading (SSR), during homeroom, or any other appropriate place. The Perry Meridian Middle School Literacy Committee is a good example of how a literacy committee can effectively implement these components. This committee was a welcome byproduct of an action research project, "SSR with Intervention," undertaken in the spring of 2004. Local data was needed to prove that SSR served as a valuable addition to the instructional day. According to the data collected, SSR, with teacher interventions, improved reading comprehension and had a positive impact on reading attitudes, contributing to lifelong readers and improving state standardized test scores. This article offers several suggestions on the successful implementation of a Literacy Committee.
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Motivation Techniques, School Libraries, Advisory Committees, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Effective Schools Research, Program Implementation, Reading Motivation, Communities of Practice
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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