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
More research, more tools and resources and stronger leadership are coalescing to create a growing movement around "family and community engagement" in U.S. schools.
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
I talk with many teachers who would like to include project-based learning in their classrooms, but just don’t know how they can fit it in with everything else they are...Read more
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...Read more
At Simpson Middle School in Marietta, Georgia, we are committed to differentiated instruction for all of our students. We’ve found that it’s the most effective way to...Read more
If I try to read at night, I fall asleep and wake up at about 2:00 AM with my glasses askew and the book or journal on the floor. I read on the plane -- which is the best...Read more
“Sitting on your shoulders," physicist Michio Kaku once observed, "is the most complicated object in the known universe.”