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“This is a timely and much-needed volume that will be a catalyst for improving classroom practice and student learning. Bean and Swan Dagen provide evidence-based information about the power and importance of effective literacy leadership. The book is very practical, yet soundly based on good theory. The core message is that literacy leadership should be shared by many and functions most effectively in a culture of collaboration. The contributing authors are luminaries in the field who provide excellent case examples and engagement activities that will make this a sought-after text for graduate literacy courses.”
Linda B. Gambrell, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University

“Bean and Swan Dagen have brought together a list of literacy professionals that reads like a 'who's who' of literacy instruction, and have provided a vision of leadership and a chapter format that make this book an outstanding tool for learning. Guiding questions, case examples, engagement activities, and a research review are part of each chapter. The case examples allow readers to make immediate connections between research and practice. This will be the book of choice for professionals who want to combine sound content knowledge with leadership savvy.”
Cathy Roller, PhD, former Director of Research and Policy, International Reading Association

Best Practices of Literacy Leaders provides a significant contribution to the professional development literature. It engages educators in rich visions of schools as change agents for both teachers and students.”
Victoria J. Risko, EdD, Professor Emerita, Vanderbilt University

“This book is truly state of the art for those who are, or want to become, knowledgeable leaders of sensible literacy reform in PreK-12 schools. The book is extremely well researched and links to the most current standards, including the Common Core and those of several professional associations. The chapters are written by noted literacy experts with broad understandings of the field. Bean and Swan Dagen have provided the field of literacy leadership and school reform with an important gift that can help us create better schools. We will be digesting and implementing ideas from this book for years to come.”
Nancy Shanklin, EdD, Department of Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching, University of Colorado Denver

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Rita M. Bean
Allison Swan Dagen

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