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Fixer of Everything

Dana Murphy is the only reading interventionist in her school, and her groups are maxed out. She shares some of her simplest yet most effective intervention strategies that all classroom teachers can use.

Five Classroom Design Ideas for Supporting Readers and Writers with ADHD

Matt Renwick encourages five classroom design ideas for supporting readers and writers with ADHD.

Crafting Action Plans with Teachers

Stella Villalba shares her process for developing plans with teachers for intervening and supporting individual students. Stella works with multilingual learners, and the principles are applicable to any child.

Writing Realistic Fiction

Melanie Meehan explains how she takes students step-by-step through the process of creating realistic fiction.

Special Education and Classroom Teacher Meeting

Special education teacher Julianne Houser and fourth-grade teacher Heidi discuss how they can work together to support specific students.

Word Count Counts

Shari Frost coaches a third-grade teacher, and reflects on the challenges of literature circles and book groups where some groups are reading much shorter books and finishing more quickly than others.

Newcomers and Read Aloud Time

Stella Villalba observes an English language learner who is new to a classroom being pulled from read aloud for extra support. She explains why read aloud is essential for all students, no matter what their language skills are.

Coaching in Classrooms with English Language Learners

Many schools have seen an influx of English language learners recently. Coaches with little ELL experience may struggle to assist teachers with large ELL populations. Stella Villalba shares some tools and strategies for in-class coaching in classrooms with many English language learners.

Allocating Services

Jennifer Schwanke shares principles for leading those awkward meetings when staff need to decide between too many students who need a finite amount of services.

Poetry Love

Why not poetry? Melanie Meehan asked herself what genre might work best for a summer writing academy for students. She explains why poetry is the perfect summer genre for students who might be reluctant to receive extra support.

Stop Paying in Quarters: Changing Thinking and Practice

Matt Renwick pays tolls the old-fashioned way on a long drive, and ponders connections between his experience and teachers’ resistance to tech innovations.

The Failures of a Doughnut

We can celebrate the wonders of what a doughnut can do to improve a bad day. But what it can't do is make children read more. Jen Schwanke takes on reward programs for children that may hinder more than help family relations.

First Days of Reading Support

Cathy Mere explains why it’s important as a reading support teacher to avoid assessments in the first days of school, and instead focus on getting into classrooms to observe and share resources. Download the initial questions to ask readers to take along with you to first reading conferences.

Starting the Year Together

Cathy Mere shares questions literacy specialists and coaches might ask early in the year to build rapport with teachers.

No Special Class

A parent is adamant about her child not receiving extra support, and teachers and administrators are frustrated. Jennifer Schwanke works to understand the root of the problem.

The Words We Use

Dana Murphy looks at a coach's role in helping teachers change negative, nonspecific language used to describe struggling students.

Parents in a Foreign Land

Jennifer Schwanke shares the poignant tale of connecting with the parents of English language learners.

Don’t Confuse the Already Confused

Gretchen Taylor observes the confusion that ensues when different adults, all with the best intentions, work with readers who are struggling.

Inclusion: What Does It Mean?

Melanie Quinn chronicles the changes her school staff has gone through in defining and designing inclusion programs, from the “rolling cart” year to the time when all horseshoe tables vanished. This year, the staff finally got on the same page by creating a document defining their beliefs about inclusion.

Assessment and Response to Intervention

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan explain why the promise of RTI won’t be fulfilled until individual assessments are more closely linked to interventions.

Coaching Minute: Strategic Reading for Our Youngest Learners

In this quick video tip, Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan have wise advice for supporting strategic reading in young learners.

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