FW: [library-media] Reading Promotions/Reading Strategies

Rich Finlinson RFINLINSON@media.utah.edu
Tue, 16 Dec 2003 11:22:36 -0700

Here's a list from the Reading is Fundamental.org site. 

Q: Are there any specific strategies to help older students become
better readers? 

A: Yes, indeed. Educators have developed specific teaching strategies
to meet the needs of older struggling students. 

Jack Humphrey, director of the Middle Grades Reading Network in
Evansville, IN, has been a leading advocate in reforming approaches to
middle school literacy education. He offers 12 administrative strategies
that, while written for middle schools, apply equally well to high

1. Encourage teachers to read and discuss books and ask questions about
reading habits when interviewing prospective teachers. 
2. Encourage reading teachers and librarians to participate in
professional development activities. 
3. Provide more time for reading. 
4. Protect the school librarian from nonlibrary duties such as study
halls, and encourage the librarian to promote voluntary reading among
the students. 
5. Purchase two books per student per year for the school library media
6. Emphasize classroom collections of books and other reading
7. Create a student-operated paperback bookshop. 
8. Seek Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Chapter I help
from the local school district, and ensure selection of qualified
teachers who are eager and trained to work with nonproficient readers. 
9. Sponsor a practical parent program that emphasizes reading and
discussing books at home. 
10. Encourage teachers to make contacts with parents about the reading
interests of their students. 
11. Work closely with public libraries and other youth-service groups
within the school community to support nonschool reading opportunities.
12. Feature the importance of reading throughout the school. 

more at:

Rich Finlinson, 801-585-7271
Utah Education Network, http://www.uen.org