From Real to Riveting: Great Pairings of New YA Texts for the High School Classroom

By |November 18th, 2016|

As readers, sometimes we have to really work to make connections between two seemingly unrelated ideas. Last year, when I had students read Jason Reynolds’ When I Was the Greatest alongside Elie Wiesel’s Night, they were able to reach a deeper understanding of what it meant to be “my brother’s keeper” than ever before.

(Side note: […]

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10 Helpful Teacher Hacks for Educators Who Need Fresh Ideas

By |November 14th, 2016|

“The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspective.”
–Robert John Meehan
Are you looking for new and innovative ideas for your classroom? Whether you spend each day with a wiggly group of kindergarten students or teach advanced high school English classes, other teachers […]

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

By |November 9th, 2016|

“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 […]

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Exploring Cultural Diversity Through Picture Books About Cuba

By |November 4th, 2016|

As we move towards a global society, the world we live in grows smaller each day. Students need to be prepared for this trend toward globalization. Teachers play a vital role in ensuring that an appreciation for and understanding of cultural diversity is an integral part of every child’s education.

Through literature, teachers have an amazing […]

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

By |November 3rd, 2016|

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

By |November 1st, 2016|

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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Because of a Book, a Scientist

By |October 27th, 2016|

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 […]

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7 Family-Friendly Literacy Activities to Empower Families as Readers

By |October 24th, 2016|

As educators and advocates for literacy, our efforts focus primarily on the day-to-day school environment. But to inspire a love of reading and have a positive impact on the literacy skills of today’s students, there’s one crucial ally we need in our corner: families.
Literacy Begins at Home 
We all know that more reading equals better […]

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Inspired By Picasso: Using Art and Literature to Teach Content Area

By |October 22nd, 2016|

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso

October 25, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of the prolific Pablo Picasso’s birth, long ago in Spain. Picasso was a formally educated artist, trained in prestigious, elite art schools at a very young age at his father’s […]

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

By |October 20th, 2016|

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 […]

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