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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of July 12–18


Welcome to this week's link round-up. How are you? 

Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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On Coach Actually, Monique Knight and Christy Curran ask, "Do All The Stars Have to Align in Order to Do Good Work?"

Recently, I did an institute where the teachers were paid to attend and many did not show. And they were being paid! Often when we wait to offer the support it can be easy to forget how beneficial the training was. We think summer and fun and family—come on, do I really want to work?  However, if we make the commitment immediately following the training when the training is on teachers’ minds and their excited about it, you may get larger participation. Just as teachers sell writing workshop to kids, we as coaches, consultants, and administrators have to be consistently selling it to teachers.

Click through to read the full piece.

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 A Sharp Teacher's Explorations blogged about Jen Serravallo's Literacy Teacher's Playbook:

Concerning writing, we discussed the examples given in the chapter. On-demand writing is relatively new to our district, and I'm giving a seminar with a coworker about how to utilize these assessments for instruction in August. I found the qualities of good writing on page 21 to be something we could add to the seminar. We discussed how sometimes those assessments have us looking at everything that's wrong vs. an order of where to start. We are  particularly looking forward to how the author approaches this assessment's use for instruction.

Click through to read the full discussion.

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On the EdWeek blog Curriculum Matters, teachers reflected on how they'll make change when returning to school.

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We'll be at ILA from July 17–20! The International Literacy Association's blog has tips to keep you engaged, whether you're attending the event, or viewing the fun from the air-conditioned comfort of your own home.

Click through to read "Get Engaged at ILA 2015"

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And don't let the weekend pass you by, like so many cars on life's unending highway, before reading Heinemann Fellow Jess Lifshitz's two-part blog post titled "Asking Students To Think About The Messages That Surround Them."

The discussions that came from this work were simply incredible. I really saw my students’ understanding of unintended messages grow and deepen. They were really beginning to see how messages that come from what we read or from the media have a profound affect on how we view the world.

Read Part 1Read Part 2

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!

*Photo by Blake Richard Verdoorn

Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of May 17–23


Welcome to the newest installment in our weekly link series on the Heinemann blog! Every week we find around five interesting links for you to take into your much deserved weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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At the Coach, Actually blog, Christy Curran and Monique Knight wrote about creating a curriculum of change through book selection and a focus on empathy:

We create a kinder world that is in our classroom and beyond. How to do that? Notice how your kids treat one another. When it’s kind, take notice. When it’s not, take notice. It doesn’t need to be with grand gesture, but it needs to be recognized, celebrated in a way. It says, this is what we value, this is what we honor in this class. Of course, the teacher is always the first and best model for this.

Click through to read "Creating a Curriculum of Change."

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Justin Baeder is the Director of The Principal Center and the host of Principal Center Radio. He interviewed Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts, coauthors of Falling in Love with Close Reading.

Click here to listen to the interview.

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The in-state tuition break is slowly disappearing, according to Kevin Carey of The New York Times:

Replacing in-state with out-of-state students can be easier than raising prices because tuition increases are highly public and are frequently regulated by state legislatures and governing bodies. Universities often have more discretion over the in-state/out-of-state of mix.

Click through to read the full article.

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Elizabeth Moore is teaching at the Vermont Reads Institute this summer, and wrote a post about what guided reading is and isn't:

One of the first things we'll be discussing is this: What does guided reading look like in your classroom? Chances are, guided reading looks different in each person's classroom.

Click through to read "Guided Reading: What It Is/What It Is Not."

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Maia Fastabend reviewed the new edition of Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction for MiddleWeb.

Are you in search of a book that explains students’ mathematical thinking? Or often left wondering how your students came up with a wrong answer? Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction is a book that delves into answering common teacher questions about math learning.

Click through to read the full review at MiddleWeb.

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That's it! Enjoy the long weekend. Have fun at a cookout, or find a curbside tag sale and come away with some antique silver flatware. See you next week!