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Lifelong Library

It’s time we stop worrying about yearly achievement scores and start worrying about our children’s futures in fuller ways. Achievement defined by the popular Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is “to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life,…”* …and life? Hmmm. […]

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Let’s Start a Bar Fight

Raise the bar. Lower the bar. Clear the bar. A never-ending K-12 push is to raise the literacy bar each year to ensure children’s success in college and career. The “bar” is the metaphor that educators use when discussing grade-level standards expectations. It’s a long scale from low literate to above proficient reading and writing. The 3rd-grade bar […]

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Rosetta’s Tech Manual

More than 2,200 years ago, King Ptolemy V of Egypt decreed a holiday in honor of gods most of us have never heard of. He decided to have his pronouncement carved into a stone (which we now call the Rosetta Stone) so no one would forget all of the sacrificing, praying and hoopla that went along with holidays […]

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Linguistically Speaking…

Today our publisher, Holly Hartman, and I were talking about how sad it is that so few Americans speak a second language. We speculated that the positive impact of everyone speaking an additional language would have an enormous impact on our learning lives and, in particular, on our economy. We took turns praising those we knew […]

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Look at All the BOOKS, Honey!

New readers can get overwhelmed when presented with an abundance of books from which to choose. Beyond a random grab or selecting books based upon cover designs, novices don’t know how to select books the way more experienced readers do and little ones can get lost in the dizzying number of choices. So, how do […]

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2 Book Tuesday

Unite for Literacy is known for its free online library of narrated picture books for new readers (www.uniteforliteracy.com). This week, we initiated what we have termed Two Book Tuesday (#2BookTues). Every Tuesday for the foreseeable future, we will be adding two new books to the Unite for Literacy Library. Like all of our other books, […]

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Checking Out Checking Out

  Think of all the places you can Check Out. Hotels, Hospitals, Grocery stores, and of course Libraries. Think of all the ways you can Check something Out. “Check out that hairdo over there!” “Sorry, could you repeat that, I must have checked out for a sec.” “Everything checks out, it’s good to go.” “Did […]