"This staff development resource helps coaches and administrators maximize teacher effectiveness through collaborative and collegial staff development."
—Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, and Angela Butler Schroden
Teachers matter. Effective comprehension instruction is more than a handful of reading strategies. As critical as the strategies are, Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis have long held that it is the teacher who makes the difference. The learning environment the teacher establishes, the texts the teacher chooses, and the methods the teacher uses to engage and support students directly impact how well students learn to understand and learn from nonfiction texts.
Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkit builds on this understanding in a unique collaboration with Angela Butler Schroden, the district reading specialist who helped implement The Comprehension Toolkit series across Hillsborough County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the United States. Designed for literacy coaches, reading specialists, and administrators, this multimedia resource offers an insider's view of how Angela and others in her district supported teachers as they launched comprehension instruction and sustained active literacy practices.
- Each chapter is framed around five coaching structures—workshops, study groups, demonstration teaching, co-teaching, and one-to-one coaching.
- Seven core chapters describe how to plan staff development around the ideas and practices that shape Toolkit instruction.
- An accompanying CD-ROM provides all the tools you'll need to implement effective coaching sessions, including three customizable PowerPoint presentations.
While providing a collaborative forum to explore the "whats and whys" of The Comprehension Toolkits, the professional development practices in this resource serve as analytical tools and frameworks for enhancing teaching craft.