1703 North Beauregard St.
Alexandria, VA 22311-1714
Tel: 1-800-933-ASCD (2723)
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday
Local to the D.C. area: 1-703-578-9600
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Developing habits for independent reading takes time, explicit instruction, and practice. This course is designed to help school and district leaders build or enhance a schoolwide culture where independent reading in self-selected texts occurs daily in all classrooms and at home. You will learn about and use surveys and a classroom visit instrument to determine the status of independent reading throughout a school community. Then, you will synthesize these data to develop a plan to address needs. Additionally, you will learn and be able to apply resources to look-for implementation of instructional practices taught and discussed during professional learning. Finally, you will review what worked and set a course for next steps.
Module 1: What Is an Independent Reading Culture?Module 2: Determining the Status of Independent ReadingModule 3: Conducting Classroom VisitsModule 4: Devise an Annual Independent Reading PlanModule 5: Evaluating Professional LearningModule 6: Evaluate and Extend an Independent Reading Culture
(ASCD online course, 2016)