Building Knowledge for a Lifelong Love of Reading

Choosing new reading resources for classroom and curriculum use is a big decision for any district. In addition to robust skill building, young readers also need coherent texts that are rich, compelling, and accessible. 

For guidance and ideas on how to evaluate reading resources that support an equitable, content-rich, culturally and linguistically responsive classroom, download Building Knowledge Now: A Guide for Choosing Reading Resources for Today’s Objectives.

You’ll find checklists with recommendations on:

  • Knowledge-building content that invites deep thought and discourse 
  • Culturally authentic content and instruction that supports an asset-based mindset
  • Scaffolds that hold the promise of grade-level reading and high learning expectations for all


About the Author

Elizabeth Bassford is associate vice president of content and implementation at Curriculum Associates, with a fruitful tenure in teaching, research and development. Focused solely on literacy for the majority of her 40-year career, Elizabeth consults with districts nationwide as they advance their implementation of high standards toward equity. Elizabeth has contributed to a number of goldstandard core and intervention programs with an emphasis on the transformative power of data and speaks nationally on trending topics of import to the education community. Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Education from New York University and an M.S. in Education from Fordham University.