Family & Community

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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Reporting Live and relaying current events to kids

Alexandra Wladich  August 8th, 2014 

Every year, tens of thousands of kids leave their homes in Central America, hoping to find their parents in the United States. They make their way north, dodging drug...

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Toddler talk and preparing for school

Anne Sparkman  July 23rd, 2014 

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...

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Homework "helpers"

Suzanne McCabe  July 15th, 2014 

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,...

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Want your kids to read? Don't offer a reward.

Suzanne McCabe  July 10th, 2014 

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...

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On peer pressure and acceptance: Helping teens find the balance

Tom Conklin  July 3rd, 2014 

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...

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy on early literacy

Tyler Reed  June 24th, 2014 

Educators, researchers and parents have long understood the importance of reading aloud to young children -- both to instill in them the importance of books and reading,...

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How to run a great end-of-year literacy event

Rande Bynum  June 23rd, 2014 

With the school year wrapping up for most students, what better way to celebrate than with a family literacy event? It is a great way to bring families together to...

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Life, death and the stories in between

Suzanne McCabe  June 9th, 2014 

Books teach us about life and its corollary, death. We try to make sense of the splendor and the ruin around us by turning to great works of literature. Often, those works...

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Learning disabilities: What we know, don't know and think we know

Suzanne McCabe  May 23rd, 2014 

A new report by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) examines the impact that learning and attention issues have on millions of children and young adults...

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What do you have a ‘fixed mindset’ about?

Tyler Reed  May 20th, 2014  Comments • 5

“I’m not a math person.” “I can’t dance.” “I’m dumb and she’s smart.” “I’m just naturally an artist.”

All of the above are statements you might have heard from your...

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