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The Reading Specialist has become a staple of reading specialist certification programs nationwide, and in this new edition, Bean offers critical updates. Among other changes, the inclusion of new vignettes of reading specialists working with adolescents and middle/high school teachers mirrors the nationwide focus on adolescent literacy. This book is a key resource for both current and future reading specialists and literacy coaches, and I recommend it for all graduate-level courses addressing the roles of Language Arts professionals.”
Jacy Ippolito, EdD, School of Education, Salem State College

“Reading specialists and coaches face many diverse challenges in today's schools. Practicing specialists, as well as those taking coursework to become certified or endorsed, will find this second edition useful and practical. It provides valuable knowledge and tips to help reading specialists achieve success in their varied roles.”
Jerry L. Johns, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Department of Literacy Education, Northern Illinois University

“The first edition was excellent, and this new edition is even better! This book has everything you need to take on the challenge of improving reading in your school. With expanded coverage of coaching and up-to-date information on evidence-based practices and RTI, the book shows you how to lead. Indispensable as a text in reading specialist or literacy coach programs, this book is also a 'must have' for current specialists and coaches who want to enhance their effectiveness.”
Mariam Jean Dreher, PhD, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park

“Bean has done a remarkable job of addressing current issues that affect the role of the reading specialist. She has expanded her discussion of the reading specialist as coach and has included a valuable section on RTI implementation. The beauty of this book is Bean’s ability to combine theory with pragmatic 'how-to' strategies. This is a valuable resource for current reading specialists and those entering the field. Because of its many examples of good practice, I would recommend this text as a vehicle for professional development at an individual, school, or district level. It also should be included in university courses devoted to the preparation of reading specialists.”
JoAnne Schudt Caldwell, PhD, Literacy and Language Doctoral Program, Cardinal Stritch University

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