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Marilyn Pryle Named Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year!

We are happy to share that on Monday, December 10, Heinemann author Marilyn Pryle was named Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year in recognition of her innovative teaching and dedication to her students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 11:19:00 AM

Crossing the Creative Desert

There is a better way than teaching to district assessments and high-stakes college entrance exams. Though we may have to teach a type of formulaic writing, we don’t have to abandon the work that truly matters to our students.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 14, 2018 7:29:00 AM

What You Need to Know About Professional Learning:      10 Essentials for Becoming a More Effective Teacher

I’ve been teaching and learning how to be a more effective teacher for most of my adult life. One thing I know for sure. Of all the factors that predict how well K-12 students do in learning to critically read, write and think, ongoing professional learning is the most vital. In fact, student learning and teacher expertise are inseparable.  (continue reading)
Regie Routman Dec 11, 2018 4:00:00 PM

How Independent are Our Students: Mid Year Check-In, K-8

To assess for independence, probably the most important assessment is observational: what do you notice when you sit back and simply watch. You might come up with a checklist to guide your observations, something that would work across subjects areas.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Dec 11, 2018 7:30:00 AM

An Update to our Copyright Language

To honor our commitment to protect our authors’ voices and expertise, we are therefore updating the copyright pages of our books and products to include the following:  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Dec 10, 2018 12:30:49 PM

Take a Look Inside Leading Well, Lucy Calkins’ New Book for School Leaders

Read an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Lucy Calkins' new book for school leaders. In this chapter, you’ll find: ways to make time for teachers to plan together, tips to ensure collaborative groups go well, ways to anticipate and dissipate resistance, and more.  (continue reading)
Ashley Puffer Dec 7, 2018 1:33:44 PM

Turn & Talk with Ellin Keene, Sara Ahmed, and Linda Rief

In this third Turn and Talk discussion, Ellin is joined by Linda Rief (The Quickwrite Handbook) and Sara Ahmed (Being the Change) as they share their stories of their teaching journeys, teacher autonomy, and student inquiry.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 12:27:54 PM

The Power of Reading Responses

When students write Reading Responses about a text, they have something to say in class. It may be a minor point, or it may be a major point, but it is a concrete thought and it is tied to a specific part of the text.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 7, 2018 6:59:00 AM

Empowering Students to Lead with Ownership and Independence Across Our Workshops, K-8

At this point in the year, it’s important to take stock of how your students are progressing toward independence and whether it would be helpful to shine a light on this all-important focus.  (continue reading)
Anna Cockerille Dec 4, 2018 10:02:15 AM

Assignments as a Window on Our Work

In The Six Academic Writing Assignments, author Jim Burke aims to help better understand that nature of the academic writing assignments we give our students through the examination of these six different types of assignments we already give in one form or another.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 4, 2018 6:58:00 AM

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