Early Reading First and Beyond helps preschool teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators understand and implement Early Reading First legislative initiatives and enhance the early language and emergent literacy skills of preschool children. The first chapter explains Early Reading First initiatives and current legislation from the U.S. Department of Education and No Child Left Behind. Subsequent chapters provide detailed explanations on each of the essential domains of early literacy development. The text summarizes current research and shows educators how to promote early literacy and pre-reading skills and how to create preschool programs of excellence.
The author discusses the key elements of Early Reading First:
- Partnering with parents
- Designing preschool educational programs of excellence
- Oral language development
- Phonological awareness
- Print awareness
- Alphabetic knowledge
- Developing early metacognitive thinking
Susan E. Israel is an independent researcher, writer, and literacy consultant and currently serves as President and Director of Reading Alliance for Catholic Education in Indiana, where she works with small and large corporations to enhance literacy products. Her special research interests are in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, and child-mind development as it relates to literacy processes. Israel served as assistant professor at the University of Dayton, and in 2005 she was awarded the University's Panhellenic Council Outstanding Professor Award. She has also served on the national faculty at the University of Notre Dame Summer Program, where she taught reading and language arts methods. A former elementary teacher, she was awarded the 1998 teacher-researcher grant from the International Reading Association (IRA). Having been an active member of the IRA for over a decade, she has served on a number of IRA committees and interest groups and recently was president of the History of Literacy Special Interest Group. In addition, she has been active with the National Reading Conference. Israel has authored, coauthored, or edited over 15 books and volumes and is the senior editor of the recently published comprehensive volume, Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (Israel & Duffy, 2008). Other recent publications include Teachers Taking Action: A Comprehensive Guide to Teacher Research (with Cynthia Lassonde, 2008), Reading First and Beyond (with Cathy Collins Block, 2005), Collaborative Literacy (2006), Shaping the Reading Field (2007), Poetic Possibilities (2006), and Quotes to Inspire Great Reading Teachers (2006).