This post first appeared on Scholastic Administr@tor magazine's website on September 21, 2015.
Without fail, my most invigorating professional experiences have been those that offered opportunities to work closely with colleagues.
Ruth Culham, author of the Traits Writing program, shares her thoughts in this video for how teachers can set the stage for a productive year of student writing.
At the start of a new school year, where do you look for lesson plans and engaging conversation-starters that will interest your students? Many teachers tell us that they...Read more
Earlier this year at the White House Early Childhood Summit, Scholastic committed to donating 300 libraries of board books to Early Head Start programs through the "Invest...Read more
If I had a plane, I would skywrite “Books, Glorious Books—and Time to Read Them!” for all to see. Knowing that voluminous reading is key to...Read more
A version of this post first appeared on Scholastic's On Our Minds blog.
Scholastic News Kid Reporter Samuel Davis, 12, of Shreveport, La., is too young to...Read more
During the first week of school, I will often ask students if they did any writing over the summer. Almost universally, they will tell me “no.”
But I know this just...Read more
Below is an excerpt from an article I co-wrote with Chris Colderley, "Making Words Dance," in this month's Language Magazine, August 2015.
The author is the First Gentleman of Rhode Island.
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?...Read more
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for a robot that can walk on two legs,” says James R. Stellar, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of...Read more
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...Read more
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket
If you wandered through my house, or grabbed my phone, you’d quickly...Read more
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...Read more
When it comes to early childhood education, no one has all the answers. Jim Matison, however, has quite a few.
“She can read all the words, but she doesn’t remember anything.”
This is a frequent comment from teachers about students who are outstanding decoders, yet who can’t...Read more
When you’re a children’s literature fanatic, like I am, you surround yourself with fellow book lovers. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my book...Read more
How important is independent reading to a child's overall success? How often do teachers dedicate time to independent reading in the classroom?
Earlier this week,...Read more