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Great Habits, Great Readers: A Practical Guide for K-4 Reading in the Light of Common Core

buy nowBy Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Aja Settles, and Juliana Worrell

Great readers are not made by genetics or destiny but by the habits they build—habits that are intentionally built by their teachers. The early formal years of education are the key to reversing the reading gap and setting up children for success. But K-4 education seems to widen the gap between stronger and weaker readers, not close it. Today, the Common Core standards further increase the pressure to reach high levels of rigor. What can be done?

Great Habits, Great Readers includes the strategies, systems, and lessons from the top classrooms that bring the habits of reading to life, creating countless quality opportunities for students to take one of the most complex skills we as people can know and to perform it fluently and easily. The book offers:

  • Clear teaching strategies for teaching reading to all students, no matter what level.
  • An abundance of practical content such as 40+ video examples from real classrooms, Common Core lesson plans, and tips on text selection for guided and independent reading.
  • Professional Development resources--including a comprehensive guide for school leaders and instructional coaches on how to support and develop teachers to make them effective instructors of reading. Also includes PD agendas, activities, scripts, and presentations.
  • Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, bestselling author of Driven by Data and Leverage Leadership and his co-authors, Aja Settles and Juliana Worrell, founding principals of the award-winning North Star Academy’s West Side Park and Fairmount Elementary Schools, both part of the Uncommon Schools network.


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About Great Habits, Great Readers

What does it take to make all of our students great readers? The Great Habits, Great Readers workshop answers this question and many more. The reading model presented in this workshop is structured around the habits that consistently produce outstanding reading results—actions that have been perfected by the most successful early reading instructors in the nation, but can be replicated in any school, by any teacher. It’s not just about finding the right texts (though we’ll cover that); it’s not just about making discussions more text-dependent (though we’ll address that, too.) At its heart, the Great Habits model is about using that moment when a child gets something wrong to teach them the strategies they need to get it right.

Workshop Goals

By the workshop’s conclusion, all participants will be able to:

  • Teach rigorous standards via text-dependent guided reading lessons.
  • Analyze reading data to make every lesson count by teaching exactly what students need.
  • Select challenging narrative and informational texts and design lesson plans that allow students to read those texts effectively.
  • Lead powerful conversations around reading through writing tasks, charting, and targeted questioning.


Differentiated Workshops

Participants will be able to choose workshops that address the following:

  • Coaching teachers in making the Reading-by-Habit model happen in their classrooms
  • Teaching strong read-aloud and reading comprehension skills lessons in grades K-2 (Lexile Range of 50L -500L)
  • Teaching strong shared reading lessons that use close reading techniques in grades 3-4 (Lexile Range of 500L-900L+)


In addition to expert training, participants will receive:

  • A copy of the book Great Habits, Great Readers
  • Access to 200+ video clips that capture the most effective reading teachers in action
  • Full-length guided reading prompting guides for both narrative and informational texts organized by Lexile levels
  • All the professional development materials you’ll need to turnkey this training in your own schools


Cost of Attendance

  • Training: $1,000 per person which includes the 2-day workshop, breakfast, and lunch.
  • Site license: In addition to the individual training fee, each school must be covered under a site license. The First Time Site License is $1,000.00 per school if they have not yet attended this workshop before and includes access to all videos and training materials at your school site.