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Building a Community of Readers in After School Programs

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Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia)

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Research indicates that reading practice is a keystone of success in school and in life. Participants explore their own relationship to reading while learning best practices for choosing books that they can read and understand, reading in depth about a topic, and making critical responses. Reading is higher order thinking. Participants learn the how to become an advocate for establishing the reading habit by providing a dedicated period for personal reading in their Out-of-School Time programs, communicating with parents, and providing individual coaching using books youth self-select. Learn how to develop youth reading stamina needed for high school and college. Session includes current research on independent reading, strategies for building a community of readers, record keeping, finding high interest materials, and using electronic sources.

Course Objectives. Participants will:

  • Explore our relationship to reading
  • Explore relevant research about independent reading
  • Identify opportunities for independent reading
  • Learn reading strategies to teach youth
  • Identify independent reading resources
  • Build ideas for creating an engaged community of learners

Target Audience: Group Leaders, Teachers, Site Directors, Curriculum Developers, Parent Leaders serving students in grades K-8

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Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia)

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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