By Terry Tanner-Smith, Georgia Jordan, Marcia Kosanovich, & Connie Weinstein – RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction
This Participant’s Guide is part of the Principal’s Reading Walk-Through: Kindergarten—Grade 3 (PRWT: K–3) professional development module. The module also includes a Facilitator’s Guide, a PRWT: K–3 PowerPoint presentation, and a PRWT: K–3 Orientation PowerPoint presentation. The intended audience for this Guide is elementary school leaders; the Guide contains resources for use both during the professional development and during actual classroom walk-throughs.
Elementary school leaders who connect reading research, teacher practices, and student results create strong academic climates in their schools and prepare their students for the academic challenges ahead. Typically these leaders include principals, assistant principals, directors of curriculum and instruction, and district-level administrators, all of whom may benefit from using the PRWT: K–3. The PRWT: K–3 is intended to increase the frequency of classroom visits by administrators, intensify data gathering to drive school improvement decisions, and improve reading practices through explicit coaching. It encourages administrators to establish their presence in every elementary school classroom in order to promote research-based reading instruction.
Participants are assumed to have a working knowledge of reading terms. If you would like to strengthen your understanding of the foundations of reading, Leading for Reading: An Introductory Guide for K–3 Reading Coaches is a recommended resource. It is available for free download at: www.centeroninstruction.org.
|How to Use This Guide||3|
|Examples of Evidence of Classroom Indicators||5|
|Principal’s Trend Analysis||29|
|Glossary of Reading Terms||35|
|Sources for the Principal’s Reading Walk-Through: K-3||65|
|Appendix A: Reflection Questions||67|
|Appendix B: Checklists||69|