Family & Community

The Two-Gen Approach to Early Education

Karen Baicker  August 14th, 2015 

Several years ago, Scholastic teamed up with the Yale Child Study Center to answer the question, “How can we help build resilience in struggling communities?...

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Three Prerequisites for Effective Family Engagement

Karen Mapp  August 4th, 2015 

Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the privilege to work with educators, policy members, researchers, families, and community members to explore the benefits of and the...

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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Encourages Families to ‘Talk to Your Baby’

Tyler Reed  July 21st, 2015 

Last week, the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, kicked off a two-year initiative to distribute 200,000 baby book bundles, donated by Scholastic, to NYC...

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We Surveyed the 2015 State Teachers of the Year

Greg Worrell  May 19th, 2015  Comments • 7

How would teachers prioritize education funding? What aspects of their jobs give them the most satisfaction? What qualities do they believe great teachers have? Do...

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How We Ensure All of Our District's Students Have Access to Books

Kelli Cedo  March 17th, 2015 

In the Virginia Beach Public Schools, our Title 1 organization has established that equity and adequacy are the pillars by which we...

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Family Engagement: An Impetus for Student Success

Kelli Cedo  March 3rd, 2015 

In 2010, as Title 1 Coordinator in Virginia Beach Public Schools, I had an a-ha moment regarding how we were and weren’t serving our Title I families in support of their “...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (7-5)

Phyllis C. Hunter  February 25th, 2015  Comments • 1

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

Diversity is the Heartbeat of Our Humanity

Pam Allyn  February 19th, 2015  Comments • 1

Diversity is the heartbeat of our humanity. Books are mirrors into our inner lives, and also windows to the world. Our school and classroom libraries, on and offline,...

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Building Adequacy: A Reflection After 50 Years of Title I

Kelli Cedo  February 9th, 2015 

You might have asked yourself recently: What is my mission as an educational leader? For me, my mission stems from my beliefs and my “whys” around education.

What I Learned from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert L. Green  January 15th, 2015 

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on my life. I learned so much from him during the course of my work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Focus on the three Cs for a bright new year: Children, community and communication

Cindy Marten  January 6th, 2015 

While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...

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Three ideas for boosting family engagement from Carmen Fariña

Alexandra Wladich  December 12th, 2014 

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...

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On early learning: By the dawn’s early light

Pam Allyn  December 8th, 2014  Comments • 1

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...

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Nell Duke on early literacy development: Talk to kids in the kitchen!

Alexandra Wladich  November 10th, 2014 

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...

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Why Percy Jackson rocks: Dispelling the myth of the deficient text

Lois Bridges  November 3rd, 2014  Comments • 2

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...

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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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School librarians helping to facilitate global connections

Colleen Graves  October 9th, 2014 

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...

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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 

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...

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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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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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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.

"If someone is telling you not to read something, run out and read it!"

Suzanne McCabe  August 13th, 2014 

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...

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