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The Toll of Constant Interruptions

Not long ago, a teacher marched into my office, closed the door, and sat down. She covered her face with her hands. I was taken aback. She was one of...

Read Alouds for Big Kids

My parents had four children in a relatively short period of time. They valued reading and did some reading aloud to us, but by the time we were in elementary...

Heavy Edits

In college, one of my work-study jobs was in the public communications office. It was my responsibility to write news releases about the goings-on around campus. Various departments would submit...

Coaching Minute: Fostering Team Collaboration

Jen Schwanke talks through the tricky work of making sure literacy specialists, coaches, and classroom teachers have the time and structure they need to collaborate well around students and data.

Defining the Principal’s Role

Jennifer Schwanke talks about the importance of school leaders building a sense among teachers and families of how literacy is the foundation for all learning in classrooms.

Literacy Morning Announcements

As a young student, I loved the morning announcements. There was something exciting about listening to the voices come through the loudspeaker to welcome me to the day. I remember...

Hard Topics in Reading

Using books with dark themes or settings in the classroom can give students the language to express their emotions, models for how to discuss and engage on these topics with...

Smile File

Smiling makes people feel good and positive, conveying a sense of good-will, rapport and trust.                                                                           Dr. T. P. Chia “Everyone needs a smile file!” I heard the radio deejay...