Category: Literacy / ELA

Collaborative Brilliance: The Impact of Media Specialist-Teacher Partnerships

Often, media specialists find themselves as solitary figures in our schools, but to effectively serve all our students, we must be master...

Untangling Student Avoidance for Reading

I recently published a book with Solution Tree called Inspiring Lifelong Readers: Using Inquiry to Engage Learners in Grades 6-12. In it I share...

A Roadmap for Integrating Digital Resources

If you’re feeling a bit lost in the landscape of digital media, you are not alone! With nearly 70% of teachers reporting tech fatigue, and the...

It’s Not Too Late! Identifying Older Students for Literacy Intervention

I was sitting in my doctoral quantitative research class feeling overwhelmed and frankly, stupid. I didn’t understand numbers. I was an English...

Five Surefire Ways to Engage Adolescent Readers

Reading for enjoyment can have tremendous physical and mental health benefits, from increasing empathy, building our vocabulary, reducing...

Young Adult Book Clubs as Impactful Professional Learning

As a secondary ELAR Coordinator in Rockwall, Texas, when we implemented the readers/writers workshop, my first goal was to share with...

Assessing Independent Reading Without Killing our Students’ Love of Books

Of course, educators want students to develop into lifelong readers and learners. We want our students to find genres, authors, series,...

Amplifying Voice and Choice with Book Clubs

When I first introduced book clubs to my sophomores more than a decade ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I needed...

Using Picture Books to Engage in STEM/STEAM

When I worked at a children’s science center, my favorite time of the year was summer camp season. We ran seven weeks of summer camps every year...

Reading Refresh: Strategies to Reinspire Good Reading Habits

With spring semester in full swing, now is a great time for a reading refresh! Here are four strategies that can be used in the library or in the...

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