Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits

  • Title:Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits: Implementing and Sustaining Comprehension Instruction Across the Curriculum
  • Author:Stephanie Harvey, Anne Goudvis, Angela Butler Schroden
  • Publication Date:December 2011
  • Grade Level:K-6
  • ISBN:9780325028842
  • Publisher:Heinemann

Teachers matter. Effective comprehension instruction is more than a handful of reading strategies. As critical as these strategies are, Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis have long held that it is the teacher who makes the difference. Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits 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.

Framed around five coaching structures—workshops, study groups, demonstration teaching, co-teaching, and one-to-one coaching—each of the seven core chapters describes how to plan staff development around the foundational ideas and practices that shape Toolkit instruction. The 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 Toolkit, the professional development practices in this resource serve as analytical tools and frameworks for enhancing teaching craft.


Author Bio

Anne Goudvis has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and university instructor. For the past fifteen years she has worked as a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition and currently does staff development in schools around the country. Recent interests include working in schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students and integrating reading comprehension instruction with content area topics in social studies and science.

Stephanie Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. After fifteen years of public school teaching, both in regular education and special education classrooms, Stephanie worked for twelve years as a staff developer for the Denver based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a partnership of leaders from education and business, who support innovation in public schools.

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