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Early Literacy Materials Selector (ELMS)
A Tool for Review of Early Literacy Program Materials



October 2012 | 120 pages | Corwin
Your all-in-one guide to selecting the very best early literacy materials!Learning to read and write is too important to be left to chance, so it's absolutely critical that the early literacy curriculum and literature you use in PreK and kindergarten environments reflect the very best research and instructional practices. But, with the proliferation of new products, what's the best way to start? What criteria should the curriculum meet? Which research-based best practices should be represented? Early Literacy Materials Selector (ELMS)ùthe first dedicated evaluation tool for early childhood literacy materialsùprovides all the answers.Step by step, this one-of-a-kind toolkit will help you:Recognize the characteristics of high-quality literacy materialsWork in teams or individually to evaluate your resourcesUnderstand the importance of the research baseEstablish a baseline against which new literacy materials can be comparedAll in all, there's no better resource to ensure we put our youngest students on the right path to school readiness and success.'Teachers, administrators, and curriculum directors will appreciate the clear guidance for conducting a systematic review of core program materials. A highly effective tool for examining the quality of early literacy materials, ELMS is the first of its kind, and will be a welcome resource.'ùSusan B. Neuman, ProfessorUniversity of Michigan'A much needed resource for considering features of curriculum materials in a systematic way. I know of no other tool like it for early childhood materials.'ùJudith A. SchickedanzBoston University
 
Foreword by Carol Vukelich
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. An Introduction to ELMS
 
2. Planning a Review
 
3. More Than a Simple Review of Materials
 
4. Taking Inventory of Teaching Materials
 
5. Examining the Quality of Curriculum Material
 
6. Analyzing the Guidance Provided in Curriculum Materials
 
7. Arriving at the Final Rating
 
8. Technical Information
 
Resource A. ELMS Tool: A Tool for Early Literacy Program Materials Review
 
Resource B. Glossary of Terms
 
Resource C. Example of Completed Part II: Quality of Curriculum Materials
 
Resource D. Example of Completed Part III: Analysis of Guidance
 
Resource E. Organizers for Planning and Facilitating Reviews
 
Resource F. Case Study Example of a Team Review
 
References
 
Index

"This tool provides a much needed resource for considering features of curriculum materials in a systematic way. I know of no other tool like it for early childhood materials. Even if a user wishes to tweak in a place or two, by broadening the research considerations, the overall framework and processes would still be extremely useful."

Judith A. Schickedanz
Boston University

"Early Literacy Materials Selector (ELMS) provides a tool for choosing the right literacy program that will glean high level results for your students. It provides a roadmap for choosing a program that supports the instructional components and needs of beginning teachers to seasoned veteran educators."

Toni Jones, Superintendent
Falls Church City Public Schools, Falls Church, VA

"The purpose of this book is useful for any professional that needs to examine and evaluate educational materials for early literacy programs. I feel this book serves its purpose. It is highly organized, efficiently designed coupled with an effective layout to make good use of time and energy. Meanwhile, it contains a valuable rationale and direction. This book would not only be useful but purposeful enough to give direction and clarity to the educational materials that it seeks to evaluate."

Julie Frederick, Teacher
Seattle Public Schools , Seattle, WA

"Learning to read and write is too important to be left to chance. Roskos and Lenhart have created a highly effective tool for examining the quality of early literacy materials. Teachers, administrators, and curriculum directors will appreciate the clearly-written guidance for conducting a systematic review of core program materials. It's the first of its kind, and will be a welcome resource for those who evaluate materials."

Susan B. Neuman, Professor, University of Michigan
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary & Secondary Education

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Kathleen A. Roskos

Kathleen Roskos teaches courses in reading assessment and instruction at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Formerly an elementary school reading teacher, Dr. Roskos has served in a variety of educational administration roles, including director of federal programs in the public schools, department chair in higher education and director of the Ohio Literacy Initiative at the Ohio Department of Education. She has developed and coordinated numerous educational grants, most recently an online literacy specialist endorsement program. Dr. Roskos established one of the first public preschools in Ohio (Bridges and Links). She has been... More About Author

Lisa A. Lenhart

Lisa Lenhart is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Akron. She is currently the Director of the college’s Center for Literacy and is PI on numerous grants. For the past several years, she has been engaged in creating online professional development for teachers. She has co-authored several books including Oral Language and Early Literacy in Preschool with Kathleen Roskos and Reading and Learning to Read, a popular textbook. Prior to her work at The University of Akron, Lisa taught in Ohio’s schools for more than 10 years. In her free time Lisa likes to read, bake and hike. She is married to Matt and the mother of... More About Author

Brandi L. Noll

Dr. Brandi Noll is an Assistant Professor at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio where she teaches literacy courses. She is a former teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach. Dr. Noll earned her masters of Reading at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and her PhD in Elementary Education with a focus in Literacy at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Noll has presented both locally and nationally at a variety of literacy related conferences including the International Reading Association’s National Conference. She has also published articles in a variety of journals and online sites. Dr. Noll lives near Canton, Ohio with her... More About Author

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