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Instructional Resources

Series Info

Episodes: 24

Length: 30 min.

Grade Levels:
Kindegarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learning, Professional Development

Professional Development

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Reading is Fundamental: Exchange

These Reading is Fundamental Professional Development Programs are designed especially for all of you — teachers, administrators, childcare providers, librarians, and other professionals — to support you in your efforts to help children become lifelong readers. Be in the know!

Check the Web Resources link for resources and materials on a variety of literacy topics to help you prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly.

Episode Guide

1. Reading Aloud for a Lifetime — Features practical strategies for reading aloud presented by reading experts. This episode inspires children and families to enjoy reading as a lifelong activity. Literacy experts and authors discuss ways to support reading aloud in school and at home.

2. Storytelling: A Pathway to Literacy — Provides a look at the elements of good storytelling and features practical ideas and tips from storytelling experts. Professional storytellers and other experts demonstrate practical ways that storytelling can support children’s language and literacy development.

3. Supporting 2nd Language Learners — Provides educators with the tools to teach children whose first language is not English. Education experts provide strategies for supporting the unique needs of second -language learners in their literary development. Visit multicultural programs across the country to hear how they involve parents in overcoming the challenges facing second-language learners.

4. Fathers Roles/Mens Voices — Focuses on strategies for engaging men in children’s literacy initiatives. Fathers and significant male figures play an important role in a child’s education.

5. Poetry, Fun with Words — Focuses on the power of poetry and how it can assist young readers. Educators and poets explore the educational benefits of poetry and recommend ways to integrate poetry activities into the classroom and the daily routines of children. See how poets in New York, California, and New Jersey are using poetry to expand reading and writing skills in young people.

6. Reading Beyond the Classroom — Focuses on reinforcing and encouraging reading in nonacademic settings. Reading outside the formal classroom setting helps children discover the pleasure of reading. See how innovative literacy programs in camps, libraries, clinics, and after-school programs are motivating children to read. (#206)

7. Multicultural Books — Focuses on a variety of books from and about various cultures. In this episode, authors, educators, and publishers discuss the richness of multicultural literature and offer suggestions for selecting books that celebrate diversity.

8. Community and Literacy — Increases awareness of the benefits that community involvement with literacy education provides to both the children and the community, identifies real-life practical examples, identifies a four-step model of building community collaboration and partnerships and recognizes the importance of celebration in involving the community in literacy education.

9. Literacy and the Arts — Shows how visual and performing arts motivate kids to read and learn. Watch this show and you will: Gain an awareness of how the arts enhance education and literacy development for learners of all ages, identify exciting and innovative programs that incorporate theatre, visual arts, multimedia, and music across the curriculum and identify simple approaches to integrating the arts and literacy into both the classroom and/or the home.

10. Nonfiction: Reading to Learn — Shows the extensive role nonfiction literature plays in developing and strengthening literacy skills, identifies practical strategies for introducing and implementing nonfiction literature into the curriculum. You will obtain suggestions for selecting quality nonfiction literature.

11. Older Students and Literacy: How Can We Transform Older Kids Into Readers? — Identifies strategies educators and parents can use to help motivate older students to continue reading and become lifelong readers, factors that make students resistant to reading, innovative approaches used by teachers, librarians, and parents to enhance literacy development for older readers and practical advice from experts and learn about innovative literacy activities for kids!

12. Sharing and Extending Books — Explores model literacy programs and reveals: How to involve parents in sharing and extending books, how older students can get younger kids excited about books, and how community-wide book-sharing can foster children’s love of reading as well as exposes practical advice from experts and learn innovative literacy activities for kids! (#306)

13. RIF Works Special — Highlights a number of exemplary RIF programs from across the country. The show features RIF volunteers in a variety of settings including schools, Head Start centers and even hospitals. These volunteers are all working hard to turn reading from humdrum to fun.

14. First Steps Toward Literacy — Shows how reading aloud to children is correlated not just with success in reading, but success in school in general.

15. Literacy: a Family Matter — Learn ways parents, grandparents, and siblings can work together to encourage reading. See how parents in St. Louis, Missouri and Santa Ana, California, are getting involved with literacy.

16. Inspiring Young Readers — Highlights opportunities to read for curiosity, knowledge, and involvement. Reading researchers recognize that in order to create lifelong readers, endowing children with proficient reading skills are not enough. Children also need to have internalized motivation.

17. Reading to Learn — Hear ways educators can support literacy in many areas of learning.

18. Including Readers with Special Needs — See how communities, schools and families are helping all children achieve the goal of reaching high standards in their reading potential.

19. Summer Reading: A Bridge to Literacy — Summertime reading highlights the conundrum faced by parents and teachers as to how much of summer vacation time should be set aside for reading.

20. Beyond the Book Special — Highlights how special RIF events and contests provide children with exciting literacy-based activities year round. Learn how RIF’s National Poster Contest, Community Reading Challenge, and National Reading Celebration add new and fun ways to encourage the love of reading. See how these literacy-rich opportunities can enhance your RIF program. (#501)

21. Picture Perfect: the Art of Illustration Illustrations in children’s books make reading fun by bringing the words on a page to life. Vivid images of a character or place add to the magic of a story and allow children to expand their imagination. Hear interviews with popular children’s illustrators as they discuss the basic elements of illustrating a book and find out how to incorporate art into your literacy activities.

22. Writing Matters: Children as Authours Children learn to do their best writing when they know it is for an audience. Techniques such as Writers’ Workshops encourage students to become involved in the writing process by using their own topics and writing for their own reasons.

23. Literacy: A Parent Primer, Pt 1: Pre-school Literacy is learned in big and little ways, through direct instruction and through modeling, at school and at home. Parents—no matter what their own literacy skills may be—have a major role to play in helping their children become good readers and writers.

24. Literacy: A Parent Primer, Pt 2: School-age — Parental attitudes and beliefs about literacy—and reading in particular—affect children’s attitudes about reading throughout the school years. Moreover, parents who stress the entertainment value of reading, rather than its value as a survival skill, seem to instill a more positive attitude about reading in their children.

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