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Refresh Your Classroom Reading List with 2022 Book Award Winners!

I love a good “best of” list. Each fall, I scour all the rankings and recommendations that start appearing this time of year. While I enjoy lists of top movies and songs, my favorite is adding new books to my “to-read” stack–especially, books to share with young people! Whether you’re looking for read-alouds for young students, exciting choices to engage middle-grade readers, or YA options for teens, there’s something to spark everyone’s interest. You may even find a few ideas to add to your classroom library or your own to-read pile! So, jump on board for a round-up of award-winning children’s literature published in the past year. 

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Topics: Literacy, Books, reading

Crack the Shakespeare Code With Our New Course!

Just look at this fella.

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Topics: Literacy, Courses

5 New Courses to Expand Your Teacher Toolbelt

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Teaching with Technology, Literacy, Technology, educator wellness, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Fast Track, Social Media

10 Reasons You Should Use Sentence Frames in Your Classroom

A sentence frame is a teacher-created scaffold using a fill-in-the-blank format designed to help students ask or answer questions verbally or in writing. They are very effective for all students but especially for those who may require a bit more support. Take a look at our TOP TEN reasons you should be using these in your classroom. 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy

New Course on the Science of Reading

The excitement and intrigue around the science of reading has many educators looking for clear and concise guidelines on just what to teach and how. Our new course 5227: Shifting Your Focus to the Science of Reading helps to sort through the research, providing a pathway toward more robust instructional practices. With 6 manageable, yet powerful shifts outlined in the course text, “Shifting the Balance,” by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates, you’ll strengthen your early reading instruction so more students can unlock the code that enables them to read with greater confidence and less struggle. 

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Topics: Literacy, Courses, reading

8 New Courses Just in Time for Summer!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Courses, Mental Health Awareness, Self-Care, reading, science

Exciting Announcement—We've Picked the Book!

Our pick for our next Cover-to-Cover book club course is Brené Brown’s recent release, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience 

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Topics: Literacy, Courses, Books, teacher resources, reading

Celebrate National Poetry Month in April

April is National Poetry Month, so I wrote you a limerick!  Reactions to poetry are varied. Some people find great joy in the creation and sharing of poems. Others don’t embrace it as fully. Poetry can take on a variety of styles and voice; you don’t have to stick with Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to get excited about poetry- there’s a poem for everyone! 

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Digital Resources, reading

5 Strategies to Get Your Students Reading and Writing

Julie Yaeger is the Executive Vice President at Learners Edge and a former 1st and 3rd grade teacher who holds a K-12 Reading Endorsement. Here she shares tried and true strategies for getting students to read and write, no matter what the literacy model.

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Topics: Literacy, Digital Resources, reading

Book Banning, More Questions than Answers

“It’s like déja-vu all over again” is the clever, semi-in-French, Yogi Berra phrase, that comes to mind when thinking of book banning. As the “déja-vu” statement implies, this isn’t the world’s first experience with the banning of books. In 1933, the Nazi regime burned books before the start of World War II—which brings to mind a second phrase, “Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.” The lessons about free-thinking and the dangers of censorship in the often-banned book Fahrenheit 451 are stunningly ironic as students and teachers negotiate what banned books mean for classrooms and learning.

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Topics: Literacy, Books, reading

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