Orange Public Schools: Want to Get Kids Reading? Get Everyone Reading!

Karen Harris  May 11th, 2017 

I focused on the concept of modeling: I thought that if students saw adults reading, they would be more inclined to do it themselves.

Meet the Kids Press Corps

Suzanne McCabe  May 11th, 2017 

Our reporters recognize the power that their own words have. They are telling the stories of their generation.

What I Learned: My School's Eye-Opening Family Engagement Assessment

Suzanne Mitchell  May 3rd, 2017 

To be honest, I was not sure what the building had to do with family engagement. 

3 Takeaways for Educators from the Teacher & Principal School Report: Focus on Literacy

Michael Haggen  April 26th, 2017 

The report explores the views of teachers and principals on the importance of reading, independent reading in school, the home-to-school connection, & summer reading...

Reading Helps Kids Make Summer Count in Greenville, SC

Dr. Andrea A. Rizzo  April 20th, 2017 

Students maintained or increased their reading levels over the summer and the program had an overall positive impact on students’ reading habits and attitudes. 

Tackling Social Inequality through Literacy

Byron Garrett  April 19th, 2017 

With a diverse collection of books that support SEL and social justice, we can create empathetic and empowered educational advocates in the next generation.

Conventions and Craft: Recasting Conventions as Craft Elements

Linda Hoyt  April 12th, 2017 

If we recast conventions as craft elements—tools that allow writers to add clarity and interest to their work—children can make writing sizzle

Autism Awareness, School Libraries, and Summer Reading

Julia Graeper  April 6th, 2017 

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and School Library Month. It's also time to pre-register for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

For Family Engagement, Not All Information Is Created Equal

Jenni Brasington  March 30th, 2017 

These questions should become the yardstick by which we measure what we display around the school, send home to families, or post on the school website and on social media...

My Favorite Question for Students and Teachers

Kelly Stomps  March 23rd, 2017 

The really great, meaty questions will not only lead you to a better understanding of a student’s ability, they will inspire critical thinking and creativity. 

We Read Big: Reading as a Way of Life

Adam Couturier  March 16th, 2017 

The purpose of We Read Big is to begin a discussion around literacy and to inculcate a love of literature.

Access to Books Is at the Heart of a Strong Literacy Plan

Michael Haggen  March 13th, 2017 

It is not enough simply to have books—the collection must be diverse in genre, subject, and reading level, meeting the individual needs of all students.

Family Engagement Supports Literacy Achievement

Paul Liabenow  March 9th, 2017 

Third grade is a critical year for students wherein reaching certain benchmarks of literacy achievement is a must.

Equity in Education: Children Who Are Overlooked for Gifted & Talented Education

M. René Islas  March 7th, 2017 

Many qualified children are overlooked for gifted programming.

Beyond the Newsletter: Effective Family-School Communication

Ron Mirr  March 2nd, 2017 

Create strong partnerships by using multiple methods that are two-way and reach every family in your school.

Four Fruitful Strategies to Teach Evidence-Based Writing

Alan Sitomer  February 23rd, 2017 

Be focused about your teaching objective and work to build confidence in developing young writers by building skills one-smart-step at a time.

Riveting Read-Alouds (How and Why to Read Aloud with Older Students)

Janet Allen  February 21st, 2017 

Reading aloud can make a significant impact on the literacy achievement of all children, even those who are already independent readers. 

Putting Out the Welcome Mat for Family-School Partnerships

Jenni Brasington  February 16th, 2017 

Define family engagement, so there is a consistent understanding among all staff—from educators to security and maintenance—of what it means to be “engaged.”

The Media: Separating Fact from Fiction

Suzanne McCabe  February 13th, 2017 

The critical-thinking skills kids develop in school can help them become thoughtful, curious, and media-literate individuals.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting Read Alouds on World Read Aloud Day

Pam Allyn  February 9th, 2017 

Join us as we celebrate the power of reading aloud on World Read Aloud Day this February 16, 2017

Good Intentions without Intentionality

Dr. Houston Barber  February 6th, 2017 
We needed to take on a 3:1 approach for every child, focused on social/emotional supports, academic behavioral supports, and access to opportunities (with mentoring) supports.

Kids & Family Reading Report: The Latest Research

Richard Robinson  January 31st, 2017 
The Kids & Family Reading Report helps us understand how we as adults can support children as they first learn to read, and then love to read.

Three Reasons School Librarians Should Use Twitter

Todd Burleson  January 25th, 2017 

Todd Burleson of Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, IL, was named School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in August 2016.

What's So Magic About Rime Magic?

Sharon Zinke  January 19th, 2017 
My sixth graders announced to me that I had to call the word work we were doing magic. “It’s MAGIC, Ms. Zinke! No, really, you have to call it that!”

Empower Students through Independent Reading

Nicole Bosworth Ed.D  January 18th, 2017 
Successful independent reading practices are not supplemental; rather, they are integrated into all literacy instruction and every classroom and home environment.

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