Family & Community
Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...Read more
This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...Read more
There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a...Read more
Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...Read more
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...Read more
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....Read more
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...Read more
Colleen Graves of Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September...Read more
Here’s a question for all of you who are reading this (as well as for myself!): Are we really doing enough to...Read more
Andy Plemmons of David C. Barrow Elementary School in Athens, GA was named a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in...Read more
While some districts are struggling with 1:1 technology initiatives that aim to provide technology for every student, Lewisville Independent School District is forging...Read more
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...Read more
Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
As part of Teacher Week at Scholastic, Dr. Julie A.
Monday, August 18, marked the start of Teacher Week @ Scholastic. This year's speakers included Dr. Timothy Rasinski, who discussed "The Essentials of Developing Reading...Read more
There are a multitude of gaps in the news lately. Whether it is income, inequality or achievement we're talking about it. A more recent one has been gaining attention and...Read more
When I was in elementary school, I sometimes helped one of my younger brothers with his homework. Occasionally, I did the homework myself. One afternoon, his teacher,...Read more
Getting children to read over the summer—or any time of year—can be a struggle. Coersion and rewards, writes Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychology...Read more
Readers of The New York Times have eagerly been sharing a story that illustrates something middle school educators already know: the “cool kids” in 7th grade too often...Read more