2nd Edition

Best Practices of Literacy Leaders
Keys to School Improvement

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ISBN 9781462542284
Published June 9, 2020 by Guilford Press
447 Pages

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Book Description

This authoritative text and practitioner resource has now been extensively revised and expanded with 70% new material covering new topics and standards in literacy leadership. Prominent experts present research-based methods for improving instruction, assessment, and professional learning experiences in PreK-12. The distinct roles of teachers, reading/literacy specialists, literacy coaches, special educators, and principals are explored, with an emphasis on fostering a culture of collaboration. Chapters highlight the standards that apply to each component of a schoolwide literacy program, give examples of what they look like in schools, and share implications for classroom practice and professional learning. Pedagogical features include guiding questions, case examples, vignettes, engagement activities, and annotated resources for further learning.

New to This Edition
*Now copublished with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and grounded in ILA's updated Standards 2017; expanded grade range includes PreK.
*Chapters on new topics: writing instruction, sustaining schoolwide improvements, and collaborative leadership.
*New chapters on core topics: the principal’s role, assessment, middle and high school literacy programs, special education, and culturally responsive instruction.
*Vignettes from leaders in diverse roles, “Think About This” questions for discussion/reflection, and end-of-chapter annotated resources.

Table of Contents

I. Roles
1. Literacy Leadership in a Culture of Collaboration, Rita M. Bean
2. Teachers as Literacy Leaders, Allison Swan Dagen, Aimee Morewood, & Christina Glance
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Katy Carroll)
3. The Reading/Literacy Specialist: Still a Multifaceted Role, Rita M. Bean
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Susan Porter)
4. Literacy Coaches as Literacy Leaders, Jacy Ippolito & Joanna Lieberman
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Michael P. Henry)
5. The Principal’s Role in Literacy Leadership, Lori Helman & Katie Pekel
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Melissa Sonnek)
6. PreK-12 Literacy Programs: Moving from Curriculum to Collaboration to Collective Efficacy, Sharon Walpole & Megan N. Vitale
II. Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
7. Using Literacy Assessment to Improve Student Learning, Virginia Goatley, Cheryl Dozier, & Jaime Puccioni
8. PreK/Primary Schoolwide Literacy Programs, Anne McGill-Franzen & Natalia Ward
9. Literacy Leadership in the Elementary/Intermediate School Reading Program, Janice A. Dole, Sheree E. Springer, & Kerry A. Herman
10. Middle and High School Literacy Programs: Attending to Both Instructional and Organizational Challenges, Jacy Ippolito, Christina L. Dobbs, & Megin Charner-Laird
11. Differentiated Literacy Instruction, Jennifer Jones Powell, Lisa Aker, & Heidi Anne E. Mesmer
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Sheri Vasinda)
12. Fostering Effective Writing Instruction across the Grades, Sarah J. McCarthey & Carrie L. James
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Mellinee Lesley)
13. Literacy and Leadership in the Digital Age, Jill Castek & Carolyn B. Gwinn
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Justin Aglio)
III. Contexts of Schooling
14. Literacy Leadership in Special Education, Donna M. Scanlon, Virginia Goatley, & Kathleen Spring
15. Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction, Doris Walker-Dalhouse & Victoria J. Risko
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Valerie Kinloch)
16. Academic Language and Literacy Development for English Learners, MaryEllen Vogt
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Celia Banks)
17. Developing Effective Home–School Literacy Partnerships, Jeanne R. Paratore, Lilly M. Steiner, & Susan Dougherty
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Shawna Zervos)
18. Enactment of Reading Policy: Leading and Learning for Literacy and Equity, Sarah L. Woulfin & Britney Jones
- Vignette: Literacy Leadership in Action (Sean Kottke)
19. Sustaining Literacy Practices That Transform Teaching and Learning, Lori DiGisi, Julie Meltzer, Lynn Schade, & Stephanie Maze-Hsu
20. Schools as Places of Learning: The Powerful Role of Literacy Leaders, Allison Swan Dagen & Rita M. Bean

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Allison Swan Dagen, PhD, is Professor in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University, where she also serves as Program Coordinator for the Literacy Education/Reading Specialist graduate program. Her research interests include effective professional learning for literacy educators, reading specialist/literacy coach preparation, teachers’ literacy leadership, National Board Teaching Certification, and emergent literacy practices. Dr. Swan Dagen was a member of the Standards Revision Committee 2017 of the International Literacy Association and serves on the editorial board of Reading and Writing Quarterly.

Rita M. Bean, PhD, is Professor Emerita in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as director of the Reading Center for 25 years. Prior to joining the university, she taught at the elementary school level and also served as a reading supervisor for grades K-12. Dr. Bean has developed elementary and middle school reading curriculum materials and has published numerous articles and book chapters on reading curriculum, assessment and instruction in reading, professional learning, and the role of reading specialists and literacy coaches. She served as a researcher on several large grants, including Reading First in Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, a former board member of the International Literacy Association (ILA), and served as chair of the ILA's Commission on the Role of the Reading Specialist. Dr. Bean also served as co-chair of the ILA committee that developed the Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017. She is a recipient of the University of Pittsburgh’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Service Awards, as well as awards from the Keystone State Reading Association, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, The ILA, and the Pennsylvania branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


"Swan Dagen and Bean have put together the definitive book on literacy leadership. The book explains the key roles of formal and informal leaders in initiating, supporting, and sustaining instructional improvement. It provides educators with powerful, research-based ways to enhance literacy learning for all students. The second edition explicitly recognizes that literacy instruction is an important part of children's entire educational trajectory--from PreK through the secondary grades--and features new chapters on issues and challenges at different levels of the system. It also presents a deeper treatment of the culturally diverse children served in our nation’s schools. This book should be required reading in teacher preparation, teacher leadership, literacy specialist, and school leadership programs."--Cynthia E. Coburn, PhD, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

"Each chapter in the second edition takes a close look at an essential topic through the lens of the literacy leader, using ILA's Standards 2017 as an anchor. Readers will be active from the start as they work their way through guiding questions, case examples, and engagement activities. This is my text of choice for learners in my graduate Leadership and Literacy course!"--Bethanie C. Pletcher, EdD, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Sciences, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi

"The go-to resource for today’s increasingly diverse schools and classrooms. This book is required reading for educators seeking to improve their understanding of the complex and nuanced roles of literacy leaders and to enact change in their school contexts. Written in an accessible style, the second edition covers hot topics ranging from culturally responsive instruction to literacy leadership in the digital age. Highly recommended!"--Evan Ortlieb, PhD, School of Education, St. John’s University

"This stimulating, timely, and actionable book is a 'must read.' Swan Dagen and Bean’s fully revised second edition will inspire and aid countless literacy specialists, coaches, principals, classroom teachers, and teacher educators, guiding them wisely toward improving students' literacy learning."--Patricia A. Edwards, PhD, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University; past president, International Literacy Association-