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Katie Walther loves to read! In fact, she’s kept track of every book she’s read since fourth grade. This passion for reading led Katie to pursue a career in education. She began her career as a seventh-grade Language Arts teacher in Schaumburg, Illinois where she earned the Outstanding Early Career Educator Merit Award presented by Illinois Those Who Excel. In 2016, Katie moved to sunny Colorado and continued to teach seventh-grade Language Arts at Fox Ridge Middle School. While teaching, Katie earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on reading and writing from the University of Colorado: Denver. Katie enjoys learning alongside her colleagues at state and local conferences. She also shares sessions with teachers that include practical strategies for creating positive reading communities in their own classrooms. After nine years of teaching, Katie’s enthusiasm for collaborating with teachers led her to transition to an instructional coaching role in the Cherry Creek School District.
Katie is excited about the publication of A Year for the Books. This book and podcast project co-authored with her mother, Maria Walther, walks K-8 teachers through the routines and mindsets for creating a student-centered reading community. You can find Katie on Instagram @ayear4thebooks.
With a focus on fostering a deep love for reading and prioritizing student growth, A Year for the Books: Routines and Mindsets for Creating Student-Centered Reading Communities is a must-have for educators from kindergarten through middle school. Discover a teacher-friendly resource crafted by Katie Walther, esteemed educator, and respected veteran teacher Maria Walther that will take you behind the scenes and through the school year as they share simple, practical strategies to design learner-centered literacy experiences.
Starting with the first few weeks of school, each chapter highlights multiple ways to embed literacy experiences across the entire year that prioritize learners and literacy. To support you in your decision making, the classroom-tested ideas in each chapter are arranged around five grounding principles:
Actionable strategies for launching and sustaining a vibrant reading culture
Clear processes to define and communicate community beliefs
Creative structures for establishing and maintaining reading routines
Innovative ideas for cultivating an inclusive reading community
Equitable techniques for partnering with families and caregivers
Within each chapter you will also find nuggets of wisdom from the Walthers' collective years of teaching, practical ideas about how to keep it simple, and several book suggestions. As an added bonus, this book features companion podcasts or PDCasts where you can hear the authors tackle authentic classroom dilemmas and share their decision-making process.
Whether you’re a novice or seasoned educator, you’ll want A Year for the Books by your side as you advocate for your student readers and promote independent reading in your classroom all year long.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion