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
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
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.”
I met Greg Toppo for the first time in 2007. It was the year Scholastic released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh installment in J.K. Rowling's...Read more
With very little time to prepare for my first school year as principal, I quickly realized we had to do some things differently to move Poughkeepsie High...Read more
At Kathleen H. Wilber Elementary School we hold near and dear our school motto: “Inspiring Excellence: Culture Drives Achievement.”
"I Do, We Do, You Do."
I’ll never forget the joy, pride and stress I felt after I was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, N.J. last year. After taking in the congratulatory...Read more
One of the best strategies to increase student achievement is to “develop a ’laser-like‘ focus on improving teaching,” says Dr. Kevin Feldman.