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Professor’s Textbook ‘All Children Read’ Published

Publisher promoting textbook as Allyn and Bacon's main offering in the literacy field this year

(Nov. 22, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart and William Smith Colleges Education Professor Charles Temple's book “All Children Read: Teaching for Literacy in Today's Diverse Classroom,” was recently released by Pearson/Allyn and Bacon. The textbook was written for undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses on literacy. It is co-written with Donna Ogle, of National Louis University; Alan Crawford, of California State University Los Angeles; and Penny Freppon, of the University of Cincinnati.

“All Children Read” combines basic methods of literacy instruction with discussions of cultural issues in the schools and coverage of English as a second language and remedial instruction techniques. Pearson is promoting it as imprint Allyn and Bacon's main offering in the literacy field this year.

The book responds to some urgent concerns in American schools. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of U.S. fourth graders can't read grade level text with reasonable ease and basic comprehension (for African American and Latino children, the figure is two-thirds). And nearly one child in 10 in American schools is more proficient in another language than in English. The past decade has seen the largest influx ever of English learners in the schools: a 105 percent increase since 1991, compared to a 12 percent rise in the total K-12 population. English language learners are now dispersed across the country, and no longer concentrated only in California, Texas, and New York.

The author team includes Ogle, a prominent expert in teaching for comprehension, Crawford, a renowned specialist in teaching English as a second language, and Freppon, a successful teacher and researcher who works with children in urban schools.

Temple has worked with and written about diagnostic and remedial reading education for 25 years. Temple received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. (curriculum studies) and his Ph.D. (reading education) from the University of Virginia. Temple co-founded and directs the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project, in association with the International Reading Association.

The authors came together in the RWCT Project, an offering of the Soros Foundation.