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Newcomers and Read Aloud Time

I knew it was going to be a great day of learning, discovery, and reflection when I was invited to do an observation in a classroom. This time, I was...

Coaching in Classrooms with English Language Learners

Dear Stella, I’m struggling to find ways to help ELLs in the classroom. Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. I know best literacy practices, but is that...

Allocating Services

Each autumn, a few weeks after the school doors have opened again after summer break, we gather a group of teachers, support staff, and administrators to consider our literacy data...

Poetry Love

Our school district offers an annual Summer Writing Academy, and each year we have a different topic or focus area for the writing. When we first bounced around the idea...

Stop Paying in Quarters: Changing Thinking and Practice

In my drive to La Porte, Indiana, for a writing retreat, I thought I was prepared for the interstate tolls. Sitting on the seat next to me was a small...

The Failures of a Doughnut

A good doughnut can do a lot of things. Good things. It can improve a lousy mood, take care of a craving, or jump-start a great day. What can’t doughnuts...

First Days of Reading Support

The first weeks of school set the tone for the entire year. In these beginning days, teachers and students start to build connections that will carry them through the year....

Starting the Year Together

One of the best things about working to support readers in a school community is the collaboration with teachers. There is the obvious benefit of having two sets of eyes,...

The Words We Use

Our small team of teachers gathered around the table. The school hallways had not yet filled with the morning sounds of students entering the building, and our mugs were still...

No Special Class

We recently received this note from the mother of one of our students. Take a moment and really read it. What story does it tell? There’s a high probability that...

Parents in a Foreign Land

For students who are new to the English language, nothing comes easy: they have to work hard to figure out a new language, new customs, new foods, new friendships, and...

Don’t Confuse the Already Confused

Bill had asked me to come in and think with him about his seventh graders’ understanding of theme development. He’d recently upped the complexity of the shared texts he was...

Inclusion: What Does It Mean?

It’s been five years since all of our reading specialists, special education support, and ELL teachers starting servicing kids in the classroom, and this year, we finally stopped and took...

Assessment and Response to Intervention

Lisa is a third grader who has been in intervention for two years. She was placed in intervention based on the results of a universal screener. This screener determined her...

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.  

Breaking Tasks Down into Steps

One summer when I was in college, I had intensive training to work in a camp program that specialized in children with attention and behavior disorders. One of our lessons...

What Holds Students Back in Writing?

One of my guiding beliefs about writing is that people at all levels improve their writing skills by writing. Sometimes, I sit down and write and I don't like what...

Libraries for All: Considering Struggling Readers

Quietly I enter the classroom as reading workshop begins, glancing around the room to locate the readers with whom I plan to confer today. As a primary reading intervention teacher,...

Educating Parents on Supporting Boys

Working as a principal in a large suburban K-12 district that serves more than 9,000 students, we offer a lot of staff development for educators. In our desire to strengthen...

Repurposing a Classroom Library for Coaching and Intervention: Hooking Reluctant Readers in Grades 3-5

When I found out that I’d be moving into the new position of literacy coach and third-grade intervention teacher next year, my first thought was “What am I going to...

Confessions of a Struggling Beginning Reader

If you had the chance to learn to read again, would you take it? Well, I leaped at the opportunity. I was so excited! I expected to gain all sorts...