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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

Learning Disabilities: Definitions and More

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Topics: Special Populations, Courses, reading

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

Originally published on November 12, 2014 and updated on April 5, 2022.

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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

8 Book Recommendations on Student Behavior

Understanding and addressing student behavior often feels like a puzzle. Many pieces are necessary to make up the complete and TRUE picture. Does the child have positive connections with staff and other students? Does the child need routine? Could the child benefit from resilience building? What is developmentally normal? Has the child experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences or trauma? What is the function of behavior? Does she have a skill deficit? What is their learning style? Is he receiving proper nutrition? Did the child get a good night’s sleep? So many pieces…

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Topics: Classroom Management, Books, Digital Resources, reading

Book Recommendations for Your Winter Break Reading List

My grandmother was a janitor at the Minneapolis Public Library. She loved to read and was happiest when surrounded by books. Every day, our loved-to-read-grandma called my brother and me to see how we were and to gently ask, “What are you reading?” She taught us no matter how the day goes, a book is a friend waiting for you when you get home. Grandma Lucille taught us a love of reading. 

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Topics: Holidays, Courses, Books, reading

Between the Lines: The Science of Reading

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Content Areas, reading, science

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