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Heinemann 2015 Resolutions, Part 5: Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen

We asked the Heinemann authors who published a book in 2014 to provide a resolution for 2015. We hope these resolutions--or edulutions--spark a note of self-reflection while lifting you to continue your good, vital work into the new year. Over the next two weeks as we share our education resolutions, we’d love to read your edulutions. Share them with us or follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #Heinemann15. Cheers for a happy new year!


“Our New Year’s Resolution is to defend and protect independent reading time. Never underestimate its importance in the life of a reader.

Our New Year’s Resolution is to read more picture books to our middle schoolers and to never underestimate their importance. They are short stories filled with heart, gorgeous imagery, and literary elements. Mining them is a joyful reading experience!

In 2015, we resolve to remove the dissonance that tries to infiltrate the teaching of writing. Rather than taking a deficit perspective toward student work that focuses on what needs “fixing,” our goal is to always be a friend to our students’ writing by cradling their ideas and helping them see the powerful potential and power in their words. “

–Sonja Cherry-Paul and Dana Johansen authors of Teaching Interpretation


Topics: Heinemann, Heinemann15, New Year, Resolutions, Dana Johansen, Edulutions, Sonja Cherry-Paul

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