What Is Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching?

When recently asked to provide his view on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D., author of Shell Education’s, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, was happy to share his passion and expertise on the topic.

“Ironically, the importance of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching or CLR being in all schools is not related […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Book Recommendation, Contests and Freebies, Experts from the Field, Professional Learning|Comments Off on What Is Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching?

Reading Aloud in the Digital Age

There is one day every year where millions of us from around the globe take action to show that the right to literacy belongs to all people. This day is World Read Aloud Day, and on February 16, 2017, we will advocate for accessible and sustainable literacy communities through the read aloud. On this day, […]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on Reading Aloud in the Digital Age

Top Takeaways from Our Favorite NCTE 2016 Sessions in Atlanta

“Books are our co-teachers. When we bring books into the classroom we are never lonely.”  @JoEllenMcCarthy, #NCTE16

We’re back—from NCTE 2016, that is! This annual conference, which took place in Atlanta, GA last weekend, couldn’t have come at a better time of year. Over and over, we heard from educators who connected with their tribe, discovered […]

How to Electrify Learning with Informational Read Alouds

Reading aloud to young children has always been a delight, but I must plead guilty to spending too many years focusing on fiction-based read alouds. I was afraid that informational selections couldn’t possibly hold the attention of my ever-so-wiggly elementary students. But how wrong I was!

Once I began to experiment with informational read alouds from […]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, Science, Social Studies|Comments Off on How to Electrify Learning with Informational Read Alouds

Using Picture Books Across Content Areas: Classroom Strategies for Grades K-5

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~ Dyer 2009
From the very first moment we started working together as math and reading specialists, we intently focused on our respective content areas. As we planned and worked with teachers individually around reading or math lessons, we never quite saw […]

By |November 9th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, Math, Middle School|Comments Off on Using Picture Books Across Content Areas: Classroom Strategies for Grades K-5

Because of a Book, a Scientist

By Lola M. Schaefer, author of Because of an Acorn (Chronicle Books, 2016) 

I still remember the first book that excited me about science. I was eight years old and the title was Insects. It wasn’t a field guide, but an illustrated children’s book all about the bugs in my backyard: katydids, ladybugs, moths, beetles, butterflies […]

By |October 27th, 2016|Book Recommendation, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Science|Comments Off on Because of a Book, a Scientist

Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

The 2016 presidential election is giving people a lot to talk about. Some elections slide by without much controversy, but not this one. As an educator thinking about teaching the 2016 presidential election, I’ve had to pause. Could I successfully hide my own political views? What would conversations in my classroom look like? Would students erupt […]

By |October 20th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Social Studies|Comments Off on Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

5 Ways to Empower Students through Writing—Each and Every Single Day

When I started my teaching career in 1987, I was fortunate to begin in a school that implemented classroom libraries for English/language arts instruction. And despite knowing with my whole self that what I was doing each day was best for students, I definitely floundered when trying to implement and execute.

I focused on one component […]

By |October 13th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Middle School|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Empower Students through Writing—Each and Every Single Day

10 Things You Must Do at Literacy for All, October 23-25

Are you ready for the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 23-25, 2016? This professional development event is designed for teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, educators trained in Reading Recovery—and anyone else interested in learning more about literacy.

To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up some of the things we’re most […]

By |October 12th, 2016|Experts from the Field, Feature, Professional Learning|Comments Off on 10 Things You Must Do at Literacy for All, October 23-25

A Day in Her Shoes: Why We Stand Up for Girls

It’s almost evening on a typical Tuesday in October and Nydia is on her way to LitClub. After a long commute from her high school in lower Manhattan to her home in Harlem, she looks forward to reconnecting with her friends at the club, laughing over inside jokes, hearing their stories and sharing about her […]

By |October 10th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Experts from the Field, Feature, High School, Middle School, Professional Learning, Striving Readers|Comments Off on A Day in Her Shoes: Why We Stand Up for Girls