Professional Development Library

The following materials are available for loan from the central office. 

Language Arts – Elementary Grade Levels

1.   When Students Write; Fletcher and Portalupi; Set of three DVDs that cover topics such as
writing workshop, writers’ notebook, writer’s conference, revision, and the role of literature.
2.   6+1 Traits of Writing; Culham; Set of four VHS tapes and study guide that cover the topics
of ideas and organization, voice and word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and
presentation.
3.   Bridges to Independence; Stead; A set of three DVDs that demonstrate teaching reading
with nonfiction.
4.   Bringing Reading to Life, Instruction and Conversation for Grades 3-6; Sibberson and
Szymusiak; A set of three DVDs that address whole class lessons, individual reading, mini
lessons, conferences, discussion techniques, reading notebooks, small groups, and writing
extensions.
5,   Stepping Up with Literacy Stations; Diller; A set of two DVDs for grades 3-6.
6.   Launching Literacy Stations; Diller; A set of three DVDs for grades K-3.
7.   Small Group Reading Instruction, A differentiated Teaching Model for Beginning and
Struggling Readers
; Tyner; A set of four DVDs from the International Reading Association.
The series cover topics including the emergent reader, the beginning reader, the independent
reader, and includes lesson plans and reproducibles.

8.   Spotlight on Small Groups; Diller; The set of one DVD covers balancing whole group and
differentiated instruction, inferring, vocabulary, guided practice and more.

Language Arts – Middle School and High School

1.   Comprehending Content; Tovani; A set of three DVDs in which the author demonstrates in
her classroom how to improve reading skills in different disciplines. A good book to
accompany this DVD series is Do I Really Have to Teach Reading ?, written by Tovani.

All Levels

Mentoring, Guiding, Coaching, and Sustaining Beginning Teachers., Niday and Boreen; A 45 minute DVD with a viewing guide booklet.

Books for All Levels

1.   A Path to Follow; Learning to Listen to Parents; Edwards and Franklin; This short paper
back uses stories, and anecdotes to relate to parents the types of home activities that make a
positive difference in early literacy.
2.   Best Practice, Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classroom; Zemelman,Daniels,
and Hyde; This paperback book addresses technology in the classroom, special education,
reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and more.

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