There is no debate among teachers and principals: access to books and time for reading are important for their students’ learning. To promote literacy, educators employ a variety of strategies, many of which differ by grade, both inside and outside the classroom.
- The overwhelming majority of teachers and principals agree that “providing year-round access to books at home is important to enhancing student achievement” (96%) and that “students should have time during the school day to read a book of their choice independently” (94%).
- In school, teachers are most likely to promote reading by talking with their students about literacy and the books they read, as well as encouraging use of the school library.
- Outside of school, teachers are most likely to encourage summer reading and make books available to take home during the year. Principals are more likely than teachers to host or participate in a book fair and make books available for students over the summer.
- Each activity to promote reading among students is more likely to occur in elementary schools and many are more likely to occur in high-poverty schools.