Make Book Oases, Not Book Deserts

Dr. Tonya Leslie  August 29th, 2016 
In high-income communities, books are common. However, in high-poverty communities, there was about one book for every 300 children. Hence, the term “book desert”—a vast area... Read more

Nell Duke on Evaluating Websites as Information Sources

Julia Graeper  August 24th, 2016 

Author Nell K. Duke, Ed.D. (Information in Action), recently wrote a post for Edutopia all about how to help elementary students evaluate online sources as they conduct...

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Five Super Reader Commitments to Make the School Year Unforgettable

Pam Allyn  August 23rd, 2016 
I'm recommending five commitments we can all make, as teachers, families and administrators.

Independent Reading: A Reading Achievement Game-Changer

Laura Robb  August 19th, 2016 
Research is clear about the benefits of independent reading of self-selected books in elementary, middle, and high school.

Reading Roundup: A Few Great Articles on Books & Reading

Julia Graeper  August 16th, 2016 

There have been some terrific articles on books, reading and literacy recently. Among the topics covered are the benefits of reading aloud, how to motivate kids to read,...

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New Year, New School: Building a Culture of Literacy

Stephanie Brant  August 10th, 2016 
I created a space where students had more access to books and were more motivated to talk about the books they were reading.

How the First Family of Rhode Island Promotes Literacy

Andy Moffit  August 1st, 2016 
Like any other muscle, your brain needs regular exercise—especially in the summer when school is out—to grow and develop.

Creating a School Culture that Values Independent Reading

Evan Robb  July 29th, 2016 
As a principal, you can shape teachers' theories of education by being an instructional leader who brings best practices to your school.

Teacher Training Programs: How Can We Really Be Prepared?

Allison Tallman  July 27th, 2016 
Teachers should leave their programs with a toolbox of strategies that work and activities to try on the first day of school.

Learning Supports: Is it Really New?

W.L. 'Trey' Holladay  July 25th, 2016 
We know that we must support the whole child as we set goals for our students’ academic success.

School's Out! Time to Reflect, Plan, and Enjoy the Summer

Madeline Boskey  July 20th, 2016 
It can be a challenge to find just the right balance between letting go of routines and responsibilities, and being able to truly embrace the lack of structure.

What I Learned in My First Year as Superintendent

Dana West  July 18th, 2016 
I’m the first to admit I didn’t know what to expect from my first year as superintendent, but I have put together some reflections and lessons-learned from the last year.

Ten Tips from Laura Robb: Classroom Libraries & Access to Books

Laura Robb  July 13th, 2016 
A rich and diverse classroom library offers students the choices needed to self-select books they can and want to read.

10 Things Educators Can Do Before Day One to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum (and a Giveaway!)

Anne Sparkman  July 7th, 2016  Comments • 38

Today we have a guest post from Barbara Boroson, author of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Inclusive Classroom, How to Reach and Teach...

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Books for Babies: Creating a Culture of Community & Early Literacy

Cathy Whitehead  July 6th, 2016 
I knew I wanted to do something that would be fun for my class, use the reading, writing, and research skills we’d learned during the year, and involve our community.

The Compelling Why: Using Short Texts to Support Close Reading

Adria Klein  June 30th, 2016 
Using short informational texts can be a powerful instructional tool, but it’s not always clear exactly why we should use them…or how!

Fostering Independence: The Key to Small Group Instruction

Allison Tallman  June 22nd, 2016 
When it comes to small group instruction, you need successful systems out of your groups for things to work in your groups.

Tigers Read: Making Summer Learning a Team Effort

C.C. Bates and ...  June 21st, 2016 
Tigers Read! partners the nationally recognized Clemson University Football team’s head coach Dabo Swinney and his All in Team Foundation, Scholastic, and the CUTC in an... Read more

Creating Transformational Educational Leaders

Brian Smith  June 17th, 2016 

The superintendent position of any school district is an important role that all employees and students of the school system rely on, as well as the community as a whole....

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Hamilton 101

Wayne D'Orio  June 16th, 2016 
How the biggest show on Broadway teamed with two nonprofits to immerse high school students in American history—and challenge them to create their own performances.

Family and Community Engagement Is a Partnership

Michael Haggen  June 14th, 2016 
Effective family engagement is best achieved through a balanced and reciprocal partnership among schools, families and the community.

Reading Workshop: Thinking, Talking, & Learning

Maria Walther  June 13th, 2016 

I’m fortunate to be in a book club with a group of longtime friends, many of whom are retired teachers. On my drive home the other night, I was brimming with energy after...

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Storyworks Jr.: Differentiating Instruction with the Video Read-Aloud

Kara Corridan  June 9th, 2016 
We’re especially proud of our new approach to video, which we’re calling the Video Read-Aloud. We see it as a real game-changer for instruction.

Making Time for Science and Social Studies

Allison Tallman  June 1st, 2016 

Let’s face it—finding enough time to teach science and social studies can be a challenge. For example, as a first grade teacher, my schedule allows me only a single 30-...

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Making is a Community Event

Kristina Holzwe...  May 27th, 2016 
The maker movement has transformed the way students think and learn.

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