Professional Development Center for Educators


PDCE is pleased to support school-wide implementation of Bookworms Reading and Writing, an open-access reading curriculum for kindergarten through grade 5.  The Bookworms curriculum operates with three 45-minute blocks: shared reading, interactive read-aloud or writing, and small-group, differentiated skills instruction. Students learn phonemic awareness, word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension through highly interactive lessons in very brief instructional segments. This format provides more time for knowledge building

Bookworms was originally authored by University of Delaware’s Sharon Walpole, Professor in the School of Education and Director of PDCE, and the late Michael C. McKenna, University of Virginia’s Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Reading.  Sharon Walpole continues to refine the work thanks to a charitable contribution from the nonprofit Open Up Resources. The Bookworms curriculum is currently available through Open Up Resources’ website.

PDCE is a one-stop shop for ongoing Bookworms professional learning. First we provide training in districts and schools so teachers can start strong. Next we provide coaching for teachers, instructional coaches, and district and school leaders as they refine their understanding. This combination of training and then coaching is a powerful system for building both teacher confidence and student achievement.

In 2018, the Center for Research in Education & Social Policy completed a case study report evaluating the implementation of Bookworms in Delaware’s Seaford School District.

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