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Growing Language and Literacy
Strategies for English Learners

Andrea Honigsfeld
Pub Date: 05/30/2019

With K-8 teachers in mind, Andrea Honigsfeld offers this user-friendly, accessible resource to address the diverse language and literacy proficiencies that exist in so many U.S. classrooms today. Andrea unpacks the five levels of language acquisition, based on the TESOL framework, and introduces practical strategies that can be applied across grade levels and content areas to support EL students’ academic language and literacy development. With... more

Breathing New Life into Book Clubs
A Practical Guide for Teachers

Sonja Cherry-Paul, Dana Johansen
Pub Date: 05/23/2019

Sonja and Dana have both a confession and a challenge to teachers. Managing classroom book clubs can be hard. Real hard. But honestly, is there any better way to get students vested in reading?  When book clubs work, don’t they create a culture of reading unlike anything else? One that brings out the very best in our students? With both infectious enthusiasm and a realistic perspective, Sonja and Dana take on teachers’ doubts and concerns... more

Letter Lessons and First Words
Phonics Foundations That Work

Heidi Anne Mesmer, Edited By Nell K Duke
Pub Date: 05/02/2019

If you’re not sure how phonics fits within your daily instruction, or crave a more effective process for teaching phonics, Heidi Anne Mesmer is here to help. In Letter Lessons and First Words, Heidi Anne provides a research-based vision of what lively, engaging phonics instruction can look like, along with practical, classroom-tested  tools to make it happen in your classroom. more

Inquiry Illuminated
Researcher's Workshop Across the Curriculum

Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey, Brad Buhrow
Pub Date: 04/25/2019

To immerse students in the richness and intrigue of the content areas, let the kids lead the way! In Inquiry Illuminated, Anne Goudvis, Stephanie Harvey, and classroom teacher Brad Buhrow shine a light on researcher’s workshop—an approach whose true north emerges from kids’ curiosity. Adapting structures you already know from reader’s and writer’s workshop, they share a predictable, proven, and—most importantly—authentic approach... more

Getting Started with Middle School Sentence Composing
A Student Worktext

Donald Killgallon, Jenny Killgallon
Pub Date: 04/18/2019

“Sentence composing provides acrobatic training in sentence dexterity… using literature as a writing school with a faculty of professional writers who virtually teach students to build better sentences.” - Don and Jenny Killgallon Getting Started with Middle School Sentence Composing introduces the powerful Sentence-Composing approach at a perfect time — middle school — to deepen students’ skill in writing strong... more

The Right Tools
A Guide to Selecting, Evaluating, and Implementing Classroom Resources and Practices

Towanda Harris
Pub Date: 04/04/2019

Today, educators often find themselves facing a dizzying array of materials and resources, whether they are a box of dusty skills cards handed down from a retiring teacher, a professional book passed on by a colleague, a procedure recommended by a supervisor, a program required by a district, a book reviewed on a blog, a unit downloaded from a website, or a strategy highlighted in a brochure. But how do we know which of these will help the children... more

Building Bigger Ideas
A Process for Teaching Purposeful Talk

Maria Nichols
Pub Date: 03/28/2019

Study after study shows that as students grow, they become increasingly focused on technology-driven communication. Cyber-dialogue replaces face-to-face interactions in all aspects of their lives. And yet, has there ever been a greater need for students to learn the art of “talk,” to be able to converse “live” with others, to collaborate, negotiate, and learn from one another? To use talk to think, and to build new ideas?   Maria... more

No More Math Fact Frenzy

Linda Ruiz Davenport, Connie S. Henry, Douglas H. Clements, Julie Sarama
Pub Date: 03/28/2019

"Pencils ready? On your mark...get set...begin!" Remember flipping over a page full of unrelated fact problems and scrambling to answer as many as possible in a minute? Remember trying to memorize math facts by rote? Many of our children are still asked to learn this way­—even though research shows this approach can harm student learning more than help. Explore an effective, research-based approach to math... more

Reading to Make a Difference
Using Literature to Help Students Speak Freely, Think Deeply, and Take Action

Lester L. Laminack, Katie Kelly
Pub Date: 03/28/2019

"This book is a gift to teachers who want to know how best to incorporate diverse literature into their classrooms. It translates rhetoric about diverse books into practical actions. Teachers will find it a valuable resource, full of examples of actual classroom practices and questions for reflecting, as well as suggestions of good books to share with students. It takes the study of diverse texts well beyond the “food, festivals and folklore” focus... more

Teaching Writers to Reflect
Strategies for a More Thoughtful Writing Workshop

Anne Whitney, Colleen McCracken, Deana Washell
Pub Date: 02/28/2019

Even if your writing workshop hums with the sound of productive work most days, with time carved out for sharing and reflecting, how do you know whether your students are really learning from their writing experiences, or if they’re just going through the motions of writing? What if you could teach your students to reflect—in a powerful, deliberate way—throughout the writing process? Teaching Writers to Reflect shares a three step process—remember,... more

A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences
The Classroom Essentials Series

Jennifer Serravallo, Edited By Katie Wood Ray
Pub Date: 01/30/2019

Why are reading conferences so important? What do effective reading conferences look and sound like? How do I fit reading conferences into my literacy block? “Conferring,” writes Jennifer Serravallo, “is where the magic happens.” In this primer, she reveals that this seeming magic is actually purposeful, responsive instruction. Jen presents conferences for... more

Leading Well
Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing

Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Laurie Pessah
Pub Date: 12/26/2018

"I'm convinced that Howard Gardner was right when he suggested that all leaders need chances to retreat to the mountains.  I hope this book gives you metaphorical mountains. I hope that Leading Well allows you to step back from the hurly burly of school leadership, to see far horizons, to breathe a new kind of air, and to return home with new energy and vision. And more than that, I hope the book helps you give the teachers and children... more

We Got This.
Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be

Cornelius Minor
Pub Date: 11/06/2018

“That’s the problem with you, Minor” a student huffed. “You want to make everything about reading or math. It’s not always about that. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. Y’all want to use your essays and vocabulary words to save my future, but none of y’all know anything about saving my now. In We Got This Cornelius Minor describes how this conversation moved him toward realizing... more

Ink and Ideas
Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking

Tanny McGregor
Pub Date: 10/30/2018

Ink & Ideas is a lifetime in the making. Tanny McGregor has been thinking with a pen in her hand, putting words and pictures together for as long as she’s been reading. Sketchnoting, also known as visual notetaking, helps make your thinking visible, visual, and meaningful. All kinds of people sketchnote, for all kinds of reasons. By introducing sketchnoting in your classroom, you will provide opportunities... more

Teaching English by Design, Second Edition
How to Create and Carry Out Instructional Units

Peter Smagorinsky
Pub Date: 10/30/2018

Teaching English by Design has become a classic resource for preservice teachers as well as in-service teachers who consider it their go-to guide to creating lessons and units organized around key concepts. In the Second Edition, Peter Smagorinsky updates the content for today’s teachers with discussions of New Literacies, using technology in the classroom, LGBTQ issues, and an expansive new chapter on preparing for Beginning Teacher Performance Assessments.... more

The Six Academic Writing Assignments
Designing the User's Journey

Jim Burke
Pub Date: 10/23/2018

Writing assignments are road maps—or they should be. They guide the writer on a journey. They lay out a process, envision a destination.  They are designed. As Jim Burke explains it:  “What we are really doing when we create a year’s worth of writing assignments, of experiences, is designing a story.  Each day’s class a sentence, each week a paragraph, each unit a chapter in the story of the year students spend in our classes. And as with any good... more

A Teacher's Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers
The Classroom Essentials Series

Katie Wood Ray, Lisa B Cleaveland
Pub Date: 10/03/2018

How can I help my youngest students become writers? How can I establish a routine for writing in my classroom? Why is making books developmentally appropriate? In Lisa Cleaveland’s classroom, writing workshop is a time every day when her students make books. Katie Wood Ray guides you through the first days in Lisa’s classroom, offering ideas, information, strategies, and tips to show you step by step how you can launch primary... more

The Book in Question
Why and How Reading Is in Crisis

Carol Jago
Pub Date: 10/01/2018

In The Book in Question, Carol Jago issues a call to action. Reading is in crisis. Too often, too many students are choosing not to read. “There is urgency to our work,” She argues. “We are living in an increasingly polarized world. Books offer access to lives and stories outside the boundaries of our limited first-hand experience. Without those stories it can be difficult to empathize with others. And without empathy, I fear we are doomed.” Along... more

The Children You Teach
Using a Developmental Framework in the Classroom

Susan Engel
Pub Date: 09/11/2018

The Children You Teach is a book of stories about students and teachers. But it is also a book about children’s development. Each chapter tells the true story of a child or teacher facing a dilemma. Weaving in research from psychological science, Susan Engel shows how to look at children through a developmental lens, which can change what happens in the classroom, and transform the craft of teaching. Drawing on her many years as... more

A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences
The Classroom Essentials Series

Carl Anderson, Edited By Katie Wood Ray
Pub Date: 09/06/2018

How can I get started with conferring or improve my conferences?
How can I fit conferences into my busy writing workshop schedule?
How can conferences help me meet the diverse needs of student writers? Helping students become better writers is what writing conferences are all about.In A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, Carl Anderson explains the underlying principles and reasons for conferring with students, and how... more

In the Moment
Conferring in the Elementary Math Classroom

Jen Munson
Pub Date: 09/06/2018

Conferring in math supports students' learning How do we support all students’ mathematical sense-making and move their thinking forward in the midst of problem solving? Talking to students about their work, while they work, is a powerful way of supporting learning. We often engage in these conversations with our readers and writers, and these interactions are just as needed in mathematics. What does it look like... more

Reading with Presence
Crafting Meaningful, Evidenced-Based Reading Responses

Marilyn Pryle
Pub Date: 09/04/2018

“I don’t know.”
Is there a more frustrating answer when we ask students what they think about the texts they’re reading?  More often than not, they DO know; or at least, they have something to say but are afraid to say it. Marilyn Pryle argues that we can help students find their voices and deeply understand texts when we invite them to write and share short reading responses.  “If you’ve read something, you must have a thought,”... more

Understanding Texts & Readers
Responsive Comprehension Instruction with Leveled Texts

Jennifer Serravallo
Pub Date: 08/30/2018

“Goals help guide my thinking about reader’s skills within each level of text complexity, and a leveling system helps my understanding of readers’ development from level to level.” —Jennifer Serravallo  Understanding Texts & Readers makes comprehension make sense. In it, Jennifer Serravallo narrows the distance between assessment and instruction. She maps the four fiction and four nonfiction... more