Tag Archives: school success

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Read Where You Are

This week, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has declared today, Wednesday, July 29, as Read Where You Are day. Of course it’s not possible to read where you aren’t, so everyone who is reading anything, anywhere, is on board already. The implication of this invitation is that, in the eyes of the DOE, books […]

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The UNcommon Core

I’ve just returned from the annual International Literacy Association conference which was held in St. Louis, Missouri. I was impressed most particularly with the ubiquity of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a touchstone for virtually everything that was being showcased in the huge exhibit hall. Every book publisher seemed to have something to […]

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NAG Kids to Help Them Catch the Summer Reading Bug

Kids tend not to read in the summertime. In school they are required to read, but when that structure falls away as the last dismissal bell tolls in the springtime, reading is so over for so many! Few of us care about whether kids continue to be good at sidewalk chalk art or riding skateboards […]

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Early Literacy Must NOT Start With Preschool Enrollment

We have to stop kidding ourselves and call out the elephant in the room. Early literacy does NOT equate to early preschool education. News story after editorial after article after ivory-tower speech nearly all continue to equate early childhood education with preschool. Preschool of course IS early, but take a small step back from the current […]

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Happy National Lifelong Learning Week!

Actually, it’s National Book WEEK…er MONTH…Wait,…What? Well, actually, this week it’s both of those! Today is the third week of National Book MONTH. That makes it National Book WEEK. We recognize Books like this because they add value to to lives of every child and adult. It’s as simple as that and well worth a […]

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Every Book Matters

I’ve shared here before about the recent research conducted about the amazing impact of having books in the home. That longitudinal study, conducted in 27 countries over a 20-year period concluded that the single best index for predicting school achievement is the number of books in a child’s home. That beats parental education or income, the […]