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The Reading Specialist: Leadership for the Classroom, School, and Community


reviewed by Susan Randow — 2005

coverTitle: The Reading Specialist: Leadership for the Classroom, School, and Community
Author(s): Rita M. Bean
Publisher: Guilford Press, New York
ISBN: 1572309822, Pages: 213, Year: 2004
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I was very excited to read and review Rita Bean’s book on the leadership of reading specialists in schools. In my three year, grant position as a reading specialist in a public middle school, identified at risk students struggled to succeed in the program developed for the grant. People in supervisory positions who lacked knowledge and expertise in reading development and pedagogy designed this program for at risk students without input from district reading specialists and reading teachers. In those years, the school failed to implement an effective middle school reading intervention program. The reading specialist role was only to identify, evaluate, and implement district chosen interventions (appropriate or not to the needs of the identified students) and support and develop the knowledge and skills of the classroom teachers in strategies for improving reading in the content areas. Bean’s book attempts to address this duel role. I hoped that the book would be a great research based resource to help to improve that program and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1561-1562
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11412, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 11:09:34 AM

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  • Susan Randow
    Queen Anne's County Public Schools
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    SUSAN RANDOW is a teacher specialist in Queen Anne's County, MD, and an adjunct education professor at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. She wrote a 2004 Maryland ASCD Journal article on collaboratively looking at student work to improve instruction and is currently conducting action research on development a professional learning community using Dufour's model of PLC's at Work.
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