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BOOKS
PRODUCT OVERVIEW
Schoolwide has 20 years of experience supplying books, book collections, and classroom libraries to the educational community. We have established relationships with over 90 publishers and have access to hundreds of thousands of titles. Titles are selected and collections are developed by our highly qualified pedagogical staff. Our expert staff collectively possesses over 200 years of experience in Pre K–12 Language Arts education and instruction, including but not limited to:
  • Reading Foundational Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Workshop
  • Grammar and Conventions
  • Writing
  • Content Area Literacy
  • Spanish Language/Bilingual Instruction and
  • LEP/ELL/ESL Instruction

Schoolwide's Methodology
For Developing Book Collections And
Classroom Libraries
  1. Establish collection goals and parameters
  2. Create a pool of potential titles to match collection goals and parameters
  3. Evaluate and assess individual titles
  4. Select highly rated titles for inclusion in collections
  5. Conduct peer and customer reviews of potential collections
  6. Revise or modify collections if necessary
  7. Present collections to the marketplace
  8. Conduct periodic sales reviews and surveys to assess customer satisfaction

How Schoolwide Develops Book
Collections To Meet The Demands Of
The Common Core Learning Standards

The CCLS demands that the majority of instruction be spent on the careful examination of specific texts; including close reading of texts, writing in response to and about texts, and conversations (speaking and listening) about texts (e.g. responding to text dependent questions). Students are required to draw evidence and knowledge from the texts.

Classroom texts should include a balance of informational and literary texts, from a range of disciplines (e.g. domain-specific texts in science and social studies), and representing diverse, genres, cultures, and time periods; with an increased emphasis on informational texts including literary/narrative nonfiction in the upper grades.

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Text Complexity: Book Leveling
And Methodology

Schoolwide uses the Lexile leveling system and the Fountas & Pinnell leveling system to level texts.

Quantitatively, text complexity is typically measured by sentence length, proportion of less-frequent words, frequency and variety of words with multiple meanings, text cohesion and other factors. Schoolwide, uses the Lexile leveling system to ascertain this quantitative dimension of text complexity as quantitative factors are more efficiently measured by computer programs and difficult for human readers to evaluate. Read More

In addition to the aforementioned quantitative measures, Schoolwide considers qualitative dimensions such as: knowledge demands, text structure, levels of meaning, vocabulary, sentence complexity, content, sophistication of themes, and language when selecting titles and determining text complexity. We use the Fountas & Pinnell system to determine these qualitative factors. In order to identify Fountas & Pinnell levels we subscribe to the Fountas and Pinnell Official Leveled List Database. This frequently updated, subscription-based, on-line list contains 44,414 books submitted by over 300 publishers. Books are meticulously reviewed and leveled by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in conjunction with their team of hand-selected levelers using the F&P Text Level Gradient™


Schoolwide's Current Publishers List

Albert Whitman & Co.
American Girl Publishing, Inc.
Applewood Books
Arte Publico Press
ASCD
Barefoot Books
Barrons
Bearport Publishing Company, Inc.
Black Rabbit Books
Boyd's Mill Press
Cambridge University Press
Candlewick Press
Capstone Publishing
Carson Dellosa
Charlesbridge
Children's Book Press
Child's Play International
Chronicle Press
Cinco Puntos Press
Communication Project
Crabtree Publishing
Creative Teaching Press
Dawn Publications
Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.
Dorling Kindersley
Dramatists Play Service, Inc

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