Literacy Matters: Strategies Every Teacher Can Use

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Robin Fogarty

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    Acknowledgments

    I want to acknowledge three people who have had significant impact on my thinking about the meaning of reading and about “literacy matters” in general: Dr. Christine Rauscher, Dr. Nelda Hobbs and Cynthia Nesselroade. They helped me immensely with their fellowship as caring educators.

    I remember, as though it were yesterday, the question Dr. Rauscher asked me years ago in Palatine, Illinois, School District #15, where she serves as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. She said, simply, “What is reading?” In the simplicity of this question lies its complexity. What is reading? My answer: Reading is a window to the world. Of course, there are lots of other more technical answers, but that's the answer that makes the act of reading so compelling and an urgent educational concern.

    When I lamented to my friend, Dr. Hobbs, that I couldn't find a citation for the SQ3R strategy, she casually said, “It's Robinson.” How did she know that off the top of her head? She knew that because she knows reading. After thirty plus years with the Chicago Public Schools, she knows this: If kids can't read, they can't do anything else. And she dedicates her work, in retirement, to helping teachers help kids to read.

    And finally, last, but not least, I want to thank Cynthia for her comradeship during my year of literacy coaching in her native state of West Virginia. Her expertise and our conversations served me well. I will be forever grateful.

    Thanks to these three educators for their knowledge, expertise, and uncommon commitment to “literacy matters.”

    RobinFogarty Chicago, IL

    Corwin Press gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following individuals:

    • David B. Cohen, MA Ed., NBCT
    • English / Reading Teacher
    • Palo Alto High School
    • Palo Alto, CA
    • David Barringer
    • English Teacher/Forensics Coach
    • Oregon City High School
    • Oregon City, Oregon
    • Brigitte Ness
    • Literacy Coach
    • Bennett Elementary School
    • Bennett, Colorado
    • Gayla LeMay
    • 8th Grade Middle School Teacher
    • Radloff Middle School
    • Duluth, Georgia
    • Cristen L. Krugh
    • English Teacher
    • Edgewater High School
    • Orlando, Florida

    About the Author

    Robin Fogarty, PhD, is President of Robin Fogarty and Associates, Ltd., a Chicago-based, minority-owned educational publishing/consulting company. Her doctorate is in curriculum and human resource development from Loyola University of Chicago. A leading proponent of the thoughtful classroom, she has trained educators throughout the world in curriculum, instruction, and assessment strategies. She has taught at all levels, from kindergarten to college, served as an administrator, and consulted with state departments and ministries of education in the United States, Puerto Rico, Russia, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Singapore, Korea, and the Netherlands. She has published articles in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Journal of Staff Development. She is the author of numerous publications, including Brain-Compatible Classrooms; Ten Things New Teachers Need; Literacy Matters; How to Integrate the Curricula; The Adult Learner; A Look at Transfer; Close the Achievement Gap; Twelve Brain Principles; Nine Best Practices; and most recently, with Brian Pete, From Staff Room to Classroom: Planning and Coaching Professional Learning.

    Dedication

    To the science teacher, the math teacher, the social studies teacher, the art, music, P.E., and special needs teacher.

    While not the reading teacher, Each is a teacher of literacy.

    RobinFogarty
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    Corwin Press

    The Corwin Press logo—a raven striding across an open book—represents the union of courage and learning. Corwin Press is committed to improving education for all learners by publishing books and other professional development resources for those serving the field of PreK–12 education. By providing practical, hands-on materials, Corwin Press continues to carry out the promise of its motto: “Helping Educators Do Their Work Better.”


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