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Building a Schoolwide Independent Reading Culture

Thank you for your interest in ASCD’s PD Online Sample Course, “Building a Schoolwide Independent Reading Culture.”

This course is made available to you for free as a demonstration of our reimagined self-paced online courses. Our updated online courses offer more interactive, engaging, and personalized content across all devices, including iOS and tablets. Aimed at educators and administrators who need professional development while on the move, each reimagined course is a self-paced asynchronous online course that, upon completion, will give you an ASCD certificate worth up to 20 clock hours!

In this course:

Developing habits for independent reading takes time, explicit instruction, and practice. This course is designed to help school and district leaders build or enhance a schoolwide culture in which independent reading of self-selected texts occurs daily in all classrooms and at home. You will

  • Explore the use of surveys and a classroom visit instrument to determine the status of independent reading throughout a school community and learn to synthesize these data to develop a plan to address needs.
  • Learn about and be able to apply resources to look-for implementation of instructional practices taught and discussed during professional learning.
  • Review what worked and set a course for next steps.

Sign up now for free 30-day access to ASCD’s course on building a schoolwide independent reading culture. If you don’t have time to begin the course now, download and save the detailed syllabus. Learn more about our courses and access the full PD Online course listing at

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