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This Is Balanced Literacy, Grades K-6
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Chapter 1 - Defining Balance, Finding Balance Chapter 2 - Whole Class Reading Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning Chapter 3 - Whole Class Writing Instruction: High-Level Support for Learning Chapter 4 - Collaborative Reading and Writing: Learning in the Company of Peers Chapter 5 - Small Group Reading Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning Chapter 6 - Small Group Writing Instruction: Targeted Support Through Guided Learning Chapter 7 - Independent Reading: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning Chapter 8 - Independent Writing Instruction: Practicing, Applying, and Extending Learning Chapter 9 - Assessment and Intervention in the Balanced Literacy Classroom: Noticing and Responding to Students' Needs References

About the Author

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He has served as a teacher, language development specialist, and administrator in public schools and non-profit organizations, including 8 years as the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Collaborative, a time of increased student achievement in some of San Diego's urban schools. Doug has engaged in Professional Learning Communities for several decades, building teams that design and implement systems to impact teaching and learning. He has published numerous books on teaching and learning, such as Assessment-capable Visible Learners and Engagement by Design. Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She has been a special education teacher, reading specialist, and administrator in public schools. Nancy has engaged in Professional Learning Communities as a member and in designing schoolwide systems to improve teaching and learning for all students. She has published numerous books, including The Teacher Clarity Playbook and Rigorous Reading. Nancy Akhavan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Fresno State. She has held numerous positions as teacher, principal, and district office leader. She has lead literacy programs for schools K-12. She currently consults with teachers, as well as school and district leaders to implement effective reading and writing instruction to close the achievement gap and increase reading achievement for all students. Nancy is the author of numerous professional books, including The Nonfiction Now Lesson Bank (Corwin Literacy, 2015)

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These authors (if more than you!) have brilliantly synthesized evidence-based best practices for quality instruction - breaking down the complexities of a balanced literacy classroom and aligning excellent instruction with formative assessment to meet the needs of all learners. This resource exemplifies the distinguished practices of Danielson's framework and makes it digestible as a tool for classroom teachers in planning and implementing a balanced literacy approach sure to yield tangible achievement results!
-- Lura A. Hanks
"Balanced literacy means different things to different people. In This Is Balanced Literacy, Fisher, Frey, and Akhavan take a research-based, best-practices look at what balanced literacy can and should be. Readers will leave with loads of practices and ideas to fine-tune every aspect of their balanced literacy curriculum to truly maximize student learning!" -- Wiley Blevins, Author

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