Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact

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Time-strapped educators wonder whether partnering with school librarians can realistically improve students' scores, but studies show that collaboration improves overall effectiveness in increasing students' reading comprehension. Moreillon, a veteran teacher-librarian, updates Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension to draw on cutting-edge research in instructional strategies, offering a clear, rigorous roadmap to teaching reading comprehension in a proven collaborative process. Incorporating the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Moreillon presents

  • Strategies for improving reading comprehension, complete with updated graphic organizers, sample lesson plans, and technology-centered examples
  • Practical steps for streamlining the coteaching lesson-planning process, boiling it down to three levels of literacy development
  • Techniques for strengthening collaborative partnerships through flexible design and delivery 
  • Guidance for incorporating library programs into research-driven teaching practices

As part of the U.S.-wide drive to improve test scores and build a nation of readers, Moreillon's book offers proven teamwork tools to accomplish both goals.

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  Acknowledgments Introduction  1 : Collaborative Teaching in the Age of Accountability2 : Maximizing Your Impact3 : Reading Comprehension Strategy One: Activating or Building Background Knowledge4 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Two: Using Sensory Images5 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Three: Questioning6 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Four: Making Predictions and Inferences7 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Five: Determining Main Ideas8 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Six: Using Fix-up Options9 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Seven: Synthesizing ReferencesIndex

Judi Moreillon

Judi Moreillon is a literacies and libraries consultant, adjunct associate professor, and the recipient of the 2019 Scholastic Publishing Award. She a staunch advocate for the leader and instructional partner roles of school librarians. A 2017-2019 mentor for the Lilead Project, Judi served for thirteen years as a coteaching school librarian at all three instructional levels. As a school librarian, she collaborated with classroom teachers, specialists, and principals to ensure that educators practiced effective instructional strategies and integrated library resources into the classroom curriculum.

In addition, Judi has taught graduate students in library science for more than 20 years. She has developed and taught courses including librarians as instructional partners and conducted research related to the school librarian’s leadership and instructional partner roles. Judi has also served as a district-level school librarian mentor, a literacy coach, a classroom teacher, and a preservice classroom teacher educator. She currently chairs AASL’s Reading Position Statements Task Force and serves as the co-chair of the Teacher Librarian Division of the Arizona Library Association.

Her books for ALA include Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact (2007), Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2012), Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (2013), and Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy. Judi’s homepage is She blogs at and tweets @CactusWoman with #schoollibrarianleadership and #buildingconnections4learning.

"Want teachers to work with you? With the huge emphasis in Common Core on reading, you will want to first read then share Judi Moreillon's Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact ... In addition to her excellent explanations, Moreillon gives numerous detailed lesson plans tying them to standards, and covering the process for each day. By reviewing these and implementing them, you will soon be creating your own and be the partner teachers need you to be."
--The School Librarian's Workshop