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Motivating Students to Read®

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Overview / Abstract:

Create a community of engaged readers in your classroom with concepts and strategies provided in this graduate-level course dedicated to instilling a love of reading in students. Begin by exploring what factors affect reading motivation, and then examine how students’ success or failure at a task can impact their motivation to read. Review current educational practices to evaluate how these influence student motivation and watch examples of real teachers inspiring their young readers in their classrooms. You will also assess your own motivation as a reader to help better understand what interests readers. Reach students you never thought you could reach before, from struggling to reluctant and dormant readers, with practical, research-based strategies proven to increase reading motivation.

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Teaching Tangibles
Analyze the connection between general motivation theory and motivation to read
Identify and address the factors that contribute to a decline in reading motivation
Explore principles that contribute to motivation to read including choice, collaboration, self-efficacy, modeling, and environment
Review two exemplary classroom libraries, then evaluate your own classroom library
Prepare a lesson plan that integrates technology into reading instruction
Investigate ways to increase parent involvement in motivating students to read


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D.

Dr. Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University, where she serves as principal investigator for the School Redesign Network and is a director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute. She was the founding executive director of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, which produced the widely cited 1996 blueprint for education reform, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future. Dr. Darling-Hammond’s work focuses on educational policy, teaching and teacher education, school restructuring, and educational equity. Among her more than 200 publications is The Right To Learn, which received the 1998 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association, and (as co-editor) Teaching as the Learning Profession: A Handbook of Policy and Practice, which was awarded the National Staff Development Council’s Outstanding Book Award in 2000.

Linda Gambrell, Ph.D.

Dr. Gambrell is professor and director of the School of Education at Clemson University. She was a principal investigator at the National Reading Research Center, where she directed the Literacy Motivation Project. Dr. Gambrell received the International Reading Association’s (IRA) Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award. She has written extensively on reading instruction and literacy motivation and is the author of Lively Discussions: Fostering Reading Engagement.

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Canter and Associates, LLC

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