Everything You Need to Know About Attending an Education Conference

I’m very lucky. I get to attend a lot of education conferences: some state and some national, some literacy and some technology. I love them all. The first conference I went to after many, many years was ILA in San Antonio a few years back. I was not at all prepared. But I’ve learned, along the […]

By |July 17th, 2017|Professional Development|0 Comments

Announcing the 2017 Winners of Our Booksource TCRWP Scholarships!

For the past 40 years, Booksource founder Sandy Jaffe has been committed to getting books into the hands of students of all ages, and helping teachers across the country build classrooms libraries. On behalf of Sandy, we are proud to award two scholarships every year to educators who share his passion for reading and literacy […]

By |June 20th, 2017|Professional Development|1 Comment

Literacy for All Recap: 10 Things All Lit Coaches Should Know

I am afforded many benefits in my job as the Advocating for Literacy Program Manager at Booksource, but one of the best is attending different literacy conferences and meeting teachers from all over the country. Each conference is different, but they all have one thing in common: determined and passionate teachers.

At the recent Literacy for […]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Professional Development|0 Comments

12 Things You Must Do at NCTE 2016 in Atlanta

Are you ready for NCTE 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 17-20? Presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, this annual event features learning opportunities for educators from all backgrounds—particularly leaders in literacy education.

To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up some of the things we’re most looking forward to at this year’s conference. Take […]

By |November 1st, 2016|Professional Development|0 Comments

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|Professional Development|0 Comments

11 (Free!) Educator Resources for Summer Professional Development

Summer is here, and as we all know, that doesn’t mean we stop working. Summer is the time of year when we can catch up on what’s new, and really soak it up. We read our professional development books (perhaps by the pool), watch strategic videos on YouTube (and maybe squeeze in a cute cat […]

By |June 14th, 2016|Professional Development|0 Comments

Heart, Head, Hands and Feet: How Childhood Interests Make History

May 20-21 marks the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight across the Atlantic. While pilots were making flights across the Atlantic in 1927, none had ever dared to do it alone. Even 89 years later, the world is in awe of the tenacity and innovation that made such a seemingly impossible human achievement a […]

By |May 20th, 2016|Professional Development|0 Comments

Building Ecosystems of Joyful Growth

In Kristi’s apartment, there is just one room where her plants thrive. Though she has tried for years to keep plants in every room, inevitably they make their way to the one at the front of her apartment. The mix of gentle light, constant temperature, proximity to a faucet for watering and something else indefinable […]

By |March 10th, 2016|Professional Development|1 Comment

Missouri’s Go-To Conference: Write to Learn 2016

For 12 of the past 13 years, I have attended the Write to Learn Conference in Osage Beach, MO, and each year this conference surpasses my expectations. This year stayed true to tradition: excellent and meaningful networking; professional learning from some of the best—Meenoo Rami, Barri Bumgarner, and Tanny McGregor, and one of my new […]

By |March 4th, 2016|Professional Development|0 Comments

Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society: Every Teacher’s Must Read

While most of the professional development books I read are how-to books, and not in any way heavy or philosophical, Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society most certainly is a deep read. Had I not had this book on an assigned reading list, I would never have chosen it. Now that I have read it, I think […]

By |January 27th, 2016|Professional Development|2 Comments