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...Read more
On Wednesday, I outlined three of four steps to creating a results-driven professional learning strategy in your school or district.
Step 1...Read more
Margaret Cho once said, “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”
If the goal of professional learning is to have a powerful positive impact on student...Read more
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...Read more
In theory, doesn’t everyone support boosting investment in science, technology, engineering and math education in schools? Districts are trying to make sure students leave...Read more
Research on how the brain functions and how it operates while a person reads shows that the organ is constantly telling stories.
It being Connected Educators Month and all, it seemed fitting last night when Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark encouraged educators to take time to get out of their own...Read more
We need your help. In the next installment of our "Mini-PD" series of Google+ Hangouts, we'll be joined by Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark for a conversation about the...Read more
The selection of National Book Award finalists brings good news for "a young marine who served in Iraq, a cartoonist at The New Yorker, the co-founder of a small...Read more
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....Read more
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...Read more
Here’s a question for all of you who are reading this (as well as for myself!): Are we really doing enough to...Read more
One year after we shared the views of teachers through the comprehensive research report, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change...Read more
We know that today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We also know how critically important it is for children to have books and resources they can connect to on a...Read more
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...Read more
“Close reading can’t wait until seventh grade or junior year in high school. It needs to find its niche in kindergarten and the years just beyond if we mean to build...Read more
Last week, we hosted a "Mini-PD" session via Google Hangout focused on “The Keys to Effective Classroom Management.” Panelist Kelly Bergman, a master of classroom...Read more
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) is a time to recognize the many contributions of Latinos to life in the United States and learn about the cultures and...Read more
We've blogged several times about the importance of students having a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset) about their intelligence -- helping them understand that...Read more
What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...Read more
Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.
This year’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow conference focused mostly on higher education, but there was plenty of chatter about hot-button K-12 issues such as...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!
Two months ago I would have said, “No...Read more