Our History

Choice Literacy launched over 12 years ago with 60 print articles and 14 videos. Twelve years, 3500 articles and 900 videos later, we are growing and going strong.

Many of our contributors are some of the biggest names in literacy education today. But to be honest, the contributors who excite us the most are the ones you may never have heard of before coming to Choice Literacy – we travel the country to find this up and coming talent, so you’re the first to get glimpses of their teaching through their writing and classroom videos. We  provide support to our contributors through the assistance of skilled editors, ongoing group critiques, and annual writing retreats. Many contributors have taken seed ideas first published at Choice Literacy and expanded them into books for major publishers.

Our goal is to be a quiet haven on the web for teachers who lead—a place where you can grab a cup of coffee or tea and sit a spell, finding just what you need for renewal, reflection, or redirection. All in an ad-free environment, with no pitches for programs cluttering our pages. We pride ourselves on our independence from commercial publishers or sponsors.

Because we update our content weekly, our new offerings are timely. If you’ve got a bad case of the Januaries this winter, chances are one of our contributors does too and chose to write about it. If you’re confused about the difference between opinion and persuasive writing in the Common Core, it’s likely one of our contributors is grappling with the same issue and writing about how their school is moving forward with writing instruction. One thing we hear a lot is, “I felt like you were sitting there right beside me.” There is enough that’s difficult and hard in schools. It’s good sometimes to be reminded how much is going well.

Our paid subscribers have access to our full print and video libraries. Thousands of teachers throughout the world subscribe to our free weekly newsletter, The Big Fresh. Choice Literacy also offers a new online course program featuring response from our contributors and DVDs for professional development. Take a tour to find out who we are and how we help teachers who lead.

Who We Are

There are over 150 teachers and school leaders who have contributed to the site. You can scroll through our most frequent contributors to meet our team.

150+ Contributors Our contributors are some of the most reflective, self-deprecating, and passionate literacy leaders in education today. They power the Choice Literacy community. Learn more about them here.
4,000+ Articles & Videos We provide an ongoing stream of article/video content produced weekly that includes timely classroom stories, strategies, and video. Check out our library to learn more.
20,000+ Subscribers Our "Big Fresh" newsletter is a free resource read by teachers across the globe. It's a good way to get familiar with the Choice Literacy community and resources.

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Our Founder

Brenda Power

Brenda's background includes work as a newswriter, college professor, and senior editor for a literacy publisher. She met many of the Choice Literacy contributors during personal visits to their classrooms while editing their books and videos over the past 30 years. Brenda founded Choice Literacy 12 years ago as a springboard for teachers and literacy leaders to share new writing and thinking online with editorial support. She lives on a small lake in Maine with her husband Dave. Brenda does not have a dog, drink craft beer, or possess any other attributes you'd normally read in a web bio that might make her sound cool. She just loves writing, editing, and meeting kids in classrooms. Always has, and always will.

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