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An innovative teacher, writer, and speaker, Allison Behne empowers educators to think outside the box and critically examine their instructional practices by asking, “What is best for my students?” She is the co-author of the expanded second edition ofThe CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction.
In the course of her professional career, Allison has taught students of all ages—preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th, and 12th grades, at the university level, and adults. She has been a classroom teacher and an instructional coach, and is currently a writer, presenter, online seminar instructor, and developer with The Daily CAFE company. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Education at Upper Iowa University, leading The Daily 5, CAFE, and Math Daily 3 graduate courses.
Allison is a major contributor to practice innovations in education, specifically within The Daily 5 framework and CAFE literacy system. She is the author of the Parent Pipelines, and many other online resources. Her most recent work includes The Daily 5 and CAFE Essential Elements, a collaboration with Gail Boushey.
She finds inspiration from the teachers and students she works with in classrooms year-round.
Allison, her husband Carl, and her two children, Samantha and Nathan, live in Iowa. She is a “soccer, baseball, football, basketball, track, dance, and choir mom,” and spends a lot of time on bleachers and in auditoriums. She will tell you that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Allison and her family enjoy traveling and attending concerts and sporting events together. Reading is another one of her passions, and you will often see at least five books (personal and professional) on her nightstand.
For the past ten years, Gail Boushey and Allison Behne worked with hundreds of teachers and students nationwide to gain insights into the best practices for reading instruction. Using their findings, they developed The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction to share what their research has proven - that reading instruction is not about the setting or the book level, but rather effective reading instruction is based off of what the student needs in that moment.
With the release of The CAFE Book in 2009, the CAFE system (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary) has been implemented in classrooms all over the world. It changed the way educators assess, teach, and track student information and has positively impacted the way students learn, practice, and talk about reading.
TheCAFE Book, Expanded Second Editionbuilds on the same research-based, student-centered foundations, but now includes:
Seven Steps from Assessment to Instruction to plan data-driven classwork
The Instruction Protocol – a framework to guide your teaching and planning
CAFE's Essential Elements resource to guide your understanding of student-focused instruction
A revised CAFE menu and a checklist of skills vital for emerging readers
Ready Reference Guides that include when to teach the strategy, options for differentiating methods, and partner strategies
Significant resources to help with lesson planning, assessments and goal setting, and parent involvement
New and improved forms for both online conferring notebook and a pencil/paper notebook to support more effective conferring with students
The CAFE Book, Expanded Second Edition offers a variety of tools to structure your literacy block and create an environment where your students are engaged readers and writers with resources that set them up for success. The CAFE system is all you need to support, guide, and coach your students toward the strategies that will move them forward.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion