Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits by Stephanie Harvey,
Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits
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Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits

Implementing and Sustaining Comprehension Instruction Across the Curriculum

“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 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...

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“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 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.

Learn more about the Comprehension Toolkit series at ComprehensionToolkit.com

The Comprehension Toolkit series helps you teach nonfiction reading strategies in a variety of instructional settings.

Whole-Group Instruction
Grades K-2: The Primary Comprehension Toolkit
Grades K-2: The Primary Comprehension Toolkit Bundle (includes Trade Book Pack)
Grades 3-6: The Comprehension Toolkit
Grades 3-6: The Comprehension Toolkit Bundle (includes Trade Book Pack)

Small-Group Instruction
Grades K-2: Small-Group Lessons for The Primary Comprehension Toolkit
Grades 3-6: Small-Group Lessons for The Comprehension Toolkit

Short Nonfiction for Guided Reading and Independent Practice
Grades PreK-1: Toolkit Texts
Grades 2-3: Toolkit Texts
Grades 4-5: Toolkit Texts
Grades 6-7: Toolkit Texts

ELL Support
Grades K-2: Scaffolding The Primary Comprehension Toolkit for English Language Learners
Grades 3-5: Scaffolding The Comprehension Toolkit for English Language Learners

Staff Development
Staff Development with The Comprehension Toolkits

Resources for PLCs
Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms DVD
Inquiry Circles in Middle and High School Classrooms DVD

Save with Teacher Packs
The Primary Comprehension Toolkit Teacher Pack
The Comprehension Toolkit Teacher Pack

Contents

Introduction from Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis
Starting and Sustaining Toolkit Staff Development
Chapter 1: Comprehension Strategies
Chapter 2: Active Literacy
Chapter 3: Text Selection
Chapter 4: Gradual Release of Responsibility and Conferring
Chapter 5: Modeling: Think-Alouds and Demonstrations
Chapter 6: Assessment and Evaluation
Chapter 7: Content Literacy Across the Curriculum
Afterword: Growing a Toolkit Project

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Reviews

Third grade teacher Heather Smith sums it up best: “I really didn’t know how to teach comprehension. I’ve known for years that many of my third grade kids could read the words but often didn’t understand what they read, but I had no idea what to do about it. Now I have the Toolkit, and I know what to do and how to do it.  The Comprehension Toolkit has taught teachers how to teach comprehension, and our kids are reading, thinking, and understanding better than ever.”

 

The Comprehension Toolkit was a natural fit for our district as it was based on our district’s beliefs about literacy: the gradual release of responsibility, instruction built around real-world reading, collaborative learning and thinking, and the importance of understanding texts. Finding a resource that matched our beliefs was rare enough, but finding a resource that matched our beliefs and increased student achievement through increased teacher effectiveness was like hitting the lottery! -- Angela Butler, former District Reading Specialist, Hillsborough County, Florida

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Stephanie Harvey directly about professional development support.

Seminars

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Anne Goudvis directly about professional development support. Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Angela Butler directly about professional development support.