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Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: Professional Development Guide to Fluency, A

By Nancy D. Padak, Timothy V. Rasinski

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 24, 2007


Learn to enhance your assessment and teaching of fluency!


Finally teachers have access to a professional development series, Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written specifically to guide them in sharpening their understanding of the five key components to Reading First—phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. This book focuses on fluency, but each volume in the five-part series addresses one key component and presents friendly tips and strategies that teachers can take right into the classroom.


How to make Fluency work for you!

  • Consider recommendations for incorporating appropriate reading materials, fostering productive home–school connections, and promoting students’ desire to learn to read and write.
  • Read about the findings of current key research studies and learn about their implications for classroom practice.
  • Discover how to evaluate your current practices and create concrete plans for change.
  • Start a learning community or book club and share your knowledge with colleagues.
  • Access useful resources and links to extend and enrich your own learning beyond the classroom.


Teachers rave about A Professional Development Guide to Fluency!

"This book is a godsend! The professional development section of each chapter encourages teachers to reflect upon their current practices and actually make an action plan for improving their practices…This book will make a great book study for literacy coaches to do with their teachers." 

                                                                            —Tracy Hendrix, Literacy Coach, Carnesville Elementary School, Carnesville, GA


Also available in the Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading series:

A Professional Development Guide to Phonemic Awareness

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45628-6

A Professional Development Guideto Phonics

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45630-8

A Professional Development Guideto Vocabulary

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45631-6

A Professional Development Guideto Comprehension

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45627-8

Table of Contents

Evidenced-Based Instruction in Reading:  A Professional Development Guide

Series Introduction

           The National Reading Panel Report

          Professional Development in Literacy

          Using the Books

          Overview of Book Contents


Introduction: Fluency


Chapter 1: Fluency:  What Does Research Tell Us?

          What is Fluency?

          Why is Fluency Important?

          How Can I Help Students Become Fluent Readers?

          Professional Development Suggestions


Chapter 2: Instruction

General/Guiding Principles for Instruction

      Professional Development Suggestion

      Strategy Suggestions

      Fluency Materials and Programs

Professional Development Suggestions


Chapter 3: Assessment

Big Ideas

Evaluate Your Current Assessment Practices

Ideas for Assessment

Plans for Change


Chapter 4: Beyond Strategies

          ELL Students and Fluency Development

          Fluency Activities at Home

          Reflection Protocol

          Professional Development Suggestions



Chapter 5: Resources

Web Sites 

Children’s Books Written in Script Format

Poetry Books for Children

Books about Readers Theater

Teacher Resource Books and Articles

Appendix A:   More Fluency Resources

Appendix B:   Readers Theater Scripts

Appendix C:   Book Club Ideas

Appendix D:   Notes




Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: Professional Development Guide to Fluency, A

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