Strategies and Information Literacy
through Classroom-Library Collaboration
and Author Visits/Storytelling Workshops
Reading Comprehension Strategies and
Information Literacy Workshops:
I begin by facilitating discussions about the opportunity for teacher-librarians
to engage in explicit instruction in reading comprehension strategies
- with an emphasis on classroom teacher and specialist and teacher-librarian
collaboration. Using think-aloud protocols, the workshop experience provides
opportunities to strengthen participants' understanding of reading comprehension
strategies while improving their instructional practices. I integrate
children's and young adult literature, research-based instructional strategies
and information literacy into the work. Materials for participants include
bibliographies, graphic organizers, and rubric assessments.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Synthesize the research related to reading comprehension strategies
and effective instructional practices.
2. Design sample lesson plans and library programs that directly address
reading comprehension strategies and information literacy for pre-K-12th-grade
3. Develop strategies to strengthen and increase the impact of collaboration
between librarians, classroom teachers, and families to support reading
4. Identify specific opportunities for sharing these practices in the
school learning community.
List of presentations and
workshops from 2007 to the present:
For my presentations related to coteaching reading comprehension strategies,
please see information on the Collaborative Strategies for Teaching
Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact invited
Author Visits and Storytelling Workshops:
Make It Real --- Fun! - This all-day elementary school
author visit involves sharing oral stories and my book Read to Me with
primary children and sharing oral stories and the process of writing and
publishing Sing Down the Rain with intermediate students. This
day can be extended to include a one- to two-hour after school workshop
for educators focusing on storytelling in the classroom and library.
Storytelling: Building Classroom Communities - This half-day workshop
for educators focuses on how to use story to develop a classroom or a
school learning community. The premise is that sharing our stories builds
bridges for empathy, understanding, and growth.
StoryTeller, StoryWriter - This half-day workshop for educators
focuses on how to use storytelling to develop students' writing skills.
By internalizing story elements and the narrative frame, students have
the tools they need to be more effective authors.
- Tucson Area Reading Council
- Ocotillo East Reading Council
- Arizona Reading Association
- Arizona State Museum
- The Extended University, University of Arizona
- Huachuca Area Reading Council
Updated: 12 September 2015