Family & Community

Our ultimate list of links and resources on family engagement (and a giveaway!)

Alexandra Wladich  October 30th, 2014 

Family and Community Engagement is on my mind this week as we get close to the kickoff of the fourth annual National Family and Community...

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The read-aloud: Paper or pixels?

Lois Bridges  October 14th, 2014 

Paper or pixels? What’s best for the read-aloud? Increasingly, that’s the question both parents and teachers are asking as beloved picture books navigate to the screen....

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8 tips for the smoothest field trip ever

Hope Crocker  October 13th, 2014 

I heard the other day that October is National Field Trip Month. (It seems like they have a month dedicated to almost everything these days, doesn't it?) I thought it...

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School librarians helping to facilitate global connections

Colleen Graves  October 9th, 2014 

A couple of months ago, I was scanning my Twitter feed and came across International Dot Day. I become curious: What is Dot Day? Will my middle school students want to...

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Are we doing enough to create a climate of kindness in schools?

Judy Goldberg  October 8th, 2014  Comments • 2

Here’s a question for all of you who are reading this (as well as for myself!): Are we really doing enough to...

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One school librarian's goal for the year: Empower student voice

Andy Plemmons  October 1st, 2014 

Empowering student voice. These words are so important to me that they have become a designated goal for the current school year. Each moment that students are able to...

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Talking tech with Lewisville ISD: How one district is building and scaling a 1:X device initiative

Jessica Warren  September 25th, 2014 

While some districts are struggling with 1:1 technology initiatives that aim to provide technology for every student, Lewisville Independent School District is forging...

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Let's think about apps

Hope Crocker  September 24th, 2014 

The new school year is off and running, and technology, as always, is on the minds of educators, leaders and news pundits as well.  As WBUR's Tom Ashbrook points out: "At...

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Do you remember when you were 11?

Alexandra Wladich  September 12th, 2014 

Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.

In New York City, a push for pre-K

Suzanne McCabe  September 9th, 2014 

On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.

Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...

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Practical tips for teachers: Strengthening relationships with parents

Tyler Reed  September 8th, 2014 

Educators know very well the importance of having strong partnerships with parents, yet building these can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Scholastic...

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You CAN learn that!

Hope Crocker  September 3rd, 2014 

It's a new school year! How are you approaching the "productive struggle" of learning?

Consider the importance of expectations. When we expect a task to be easy, it...

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Back-to-school book recommendations for kids

Tyler Reed  August 27th, 2014 

The experts at Scholastic Instructor magazine have curated a great list of "Back-to-School Reads" for the latest issue. The list includes books for kids in grades PreK-8...

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Back to school ideas and a sweepstakes!

Hope Crocker  August 25th, 2014  Comments • 13

Great teachers take time at the beginning of the year to create classroom communities. Each new group of students brings with them divergent interests, abilities, cultures...

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Things to consider for this school year

Alexandra Wladich  August 22nd, 2014 

As Teacher Week @ Scholastic comes to a close, NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña leaves us with some valuable “C” words to consider during this school year.