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 […]

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How One Kansas City Elementary School Used Classroom Libraries to Boost Grade Level Proficiency by 20%

When Principal Ryan Most came to Kansas City’s New Stanley Elementary School in 2012, the school ranked in the bottom 5% of the state. Classroom libraries were outdated, and teachers received little, if any, professional development.

Materials being used were mostly remnants from past basal programs. They targeted below-grade-level readers, and were working for some students, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Using World Teachers’ Day to Teach What We (Really) Do

In 1994, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization created World Teachers’ Day to commemorate the October 5th intergovernmental conferences in Paris, which set international standards and guidelines for teachers.

Today, it is meant as a day to celebrate teachers all over the world and recognize the issues with which they are faced.
Being a Teacher […]

By |September 29th, 2016|Classroom Ideas, Elementary, Feature, High School, Middle School, Professional Learning|Comments Off on Using World Teachers’ Day to Teach What We (Really) Do

Mentor Texts 101

Pen in hand, paper on the table in front of me. The words, “Dear Sir or Madam,” scrawled loosely across the top. And nothing else. I wracked my brain for the lessons learned almost a decade before in high school about formal letters or business letters, but I struggled to apply these lessons to what […]

8 Quotes to Inspire Your Back-to-School Planning

 

While many are enjoying the middle of their summer, we know you are getting a start on the new school year’s planning. Stay motivated and inspired with these shareable quote images. They’re great for sharing to your Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and more. Looking for bulletin board material? Print them for daily motivation in the classroom. Have […]

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