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Building student achievement is at the top every principal's list. At the elementary school level, the lion's share of focus goes to building achievement in reading. The articles below from Education World's archive share stories and practical tips for principals who are looking for creative ways to develop reading skills and scores.

Principals' Favorite Read-Aloud Books: 2008
Do you love to read aloud to students? If so, you understand that modeling a joy of reading is one of the most valuable things you can do. So what is the book you most love to share? Here are our "Principal Files" principals' favorites. Please add yours.


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

The Reading Room

Language Arts Center

Make Book Week Special

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

Principals' Classrooms Visits Help Build Better Readers
When principals and literacy coaches understand what students are learning and teachers are teaching -- and participate in literacy lessons -- they set a positive tone for the school that can lead to improvement in reading, says author and educator Dr. Beth Whitaker.

One Book, One School, One Community: A Singular Reading Experience
Driven by the desire to enhance literacy skills and bring together generations, these three schools organized "One Book" community reading activities. Is this something your school might do? Included: Tips for choosing the right literary selection for a community to read.

Principals Promote Reading Aloud With Special Award
Are you a principal who is looking for a special way to recognize Children's Book Week this year? You can share your love of reading and set a great example for students by reading aloud the five books nominated for the 2008 Principal's Read Aloud Award.

Principals' Feats Fuel Fabulous Reading
What would students do to see their principal throw cow chips, spend a night on the roof, or get slimed? It turns out that they will do a great deal -- of reading! Principals everywhere are capitalizing on their students' desire to see them perform wacky stunts.

Teachers, Parents, Kids Bond Over Books
Inviting parents to participate in a book discussion group with teachers has led to better relationships between teachers and parents and a deeper understanding of current education and child-rearing issues. Included: Tips for starting a group at your school.

Summer Reading Picks
What's on your summer reading list? Members of the Education World Teacher and Tech Teams share their favorite books for professional development, personal information, and pure pleasure.

America's Battle of the Books: Dueling Readers Spar About Literature
Students choosing to read meaningful literature and avid readers from different schools working together as teams: does it sound too good to be true? America's "Battle of the Books" combines literature and friendly competition. Included: Start a "battle" at your school.

Getting Kids to Read By Keeping Their Eyes on the Prize
Educators know that children who read and are read to are more likely to become life-long readers. That's why many schools are using reading incentives -- from reading honor rolls to "prize patrols" -- to encourage kids.And kids are reading more as a result.

Morphing Your Elementary School Into a Literacy Academy
We used to call them grammar schools. Now we call them elementary schools. I propose a new definition of our schools -- especially those that service the primary grades. We need to shift our mindset and rename them as "literacy academies."

Breakfast Book Club: Feeding Bodies and Minds
Every school wants to foster a love of reading in students, but how can schools fit another reading activity into a packed educational day? Some schools are inviting kids to join in book discussions as they eat breakfast. Included: How to organize a breakfast book club.

Family Reading Nights Create Avid Readers
For administrators looking to increase student reading at school and at home and improve parent involvement, family reading nights have proven successful for many schools. Included: Practical suggestions for initiating a family reading night program.

School Book Club Gets Kids and Adults Involved
Beyond social activities and fund-raising, parents at Northwood Elementary get involved in school academics by participating in a school book club that promotes fun and a love of reading. Included: Tips and resources for starting a book club in your school.

Outdated School Libraries: What Can You Do to Update Yours?
In Baltimore, library coordinator Della Curtis keeps examples of outdated books from the county's school libraries on a "shelf of shame." Curtis spearheaded a drive in Baltimore that led county officials this year to fund $10.5 million for the purchase of new books.

Strong Libraries Improve Student Achievement
Results of a study show that students at schools with strong media centers scored significantly higher on standardized tests than students at schools with less-well-equipped and staffed libraries.

Thirteen Strategies to Improve Reading Performance
How have some Chicago schools improved student reading performance? Leadership is essential -- leadership and 13 practical strategies to nurture concrete, measurable gains in reading. Included: How do they do it?

Simple Things You Can Do to Help All Children Read Well...
This free online booklet from the U.S. Department of Education provides ideas for involving community groups, local companies and universities, the media, and others in achieving your school's reading goals.

Principals Share Favorite Read-Aloud Books
Education World asked our Principal Files principals to share their favorite books to read aloud to students. The result is a list of books -- some popular and familiar, others obscure -- that should be on every principal's reading list. Included: More than 20 titles. (2001)

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Last updated 06/26/2008