Building Classroom Libraries

Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy

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This series of courses was created by a subgroup of the ISD Early Literacy Coaching Network to provide support to district literacy leadership teams focused on building and supporting classroom libraries within their school. The courses are aligned with the Essential Instructional Practices in Early and Elementary Literacy.


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Part 1 - Importance of Classroom Libraries

This course will introduce the importance of setting up high quality classroom libraries. This is a helpful starting point for elementary school staff that have a collective focus on establishing and building strong classroom libraries within their school. Enroll today at this link - Classroom Libraries Part 1 - Importance of Classroom Libraries.

Part 2 - Classroom Library Inventory and Needs

After learning about the importance of classroom libraries in part 1, this course will cover how to inventory classroom libraries in your school and how to use the ABC's of classroom libraries to determine classroom library needs. Enroll today at this link - Classroom Libraries Part 2 - Classroom Library Inventory and Needs.

Part 3 - Building and Sustaining Classroom Libraries

Once you have inventoried your classroom libraries to determine needs, you will need a plan to build and sustain robust classroom libraries. This course will explore different approaches to planning for classroom libraries as well as share ideas on how to fund those libraries. Enroll today at this link - Classroom Libraries Part 3 - Building and Sustaining Classroom Libraries.

Part 4 - Organizing Classroom Libraries

In the final course of the classroom library series, we will look at how teachers can create a welcoming classroom library space that provides access and choice to books for every student in their classroom. We will share text organization strategies, procedures and considerations for keeping your library organized, and tips to increase student engagement and motivation. Enroll today at this link - Classroom Libraries Part 4 - Organizing Classroom Libraries.