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The Book Love Foundation has one goal: to put books into the classrooms of teachers of teenagers. And The Teacher Learning Sessions is honored to work on a new podcast with Penny Kittle to help the foundation meet that goal.

In creating the Book Love Foundation Podcast, we are working to raise awareness about The Book Love Foundation and the ways it provides students access to great books, and support to teachers who inspire their students to a life of reading.

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Penny Kittle is the author of Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers.

Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of July 26–August 1

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Welcome to this week's link round-up. It is the final week of July, and a cool weather system is moving south from Canada. By now, back-to-school ads have hit your airwaves, and your students—called "campers" during these off-months—have just remembered their summer reading assignments. 

Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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At the blog A Teaching Life, Tara Smith posted some takeaways from Colleen Cruz's The Unstoppable Writing Teacher:

That act of believing is one of those deliberate teacher stances that is vital to our kids, but something we really have to will ourselves to do. The act of truly believing in the author’s intent allows us to prod her into something more than just another story about a roller coaster ride. This is something to remember and live by every teaching day.

Click through to read the full analysis.

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Jennifer Serravallo wrote a guest post for MiddleWeb called "Expanding Our Approach to Reading Strategies."

To me, a strategy is never a single word or phrase—it’s a series of actionable steps, a process to help readers tackle a skill that is not yet automatic for them. I also think strategies expand beyond comprehension into other areas of reading such as decoding, reading with fluency, developing stamina and engagement, writing about reading, and conversing about texts.

Click through to read Jen's full article.

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Penny Kittle was a guest on Brian Sztabnik's Talks With Teachers podcast. In the episode, Penny discusses Donald Graves, the Book Love Foundation, and the most effective minilessons.

Listen to the full episode here.

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On the New York Times's Opinionator blog, David Bornstein wrote a piece that mentions Teachers College at Columbia University. In "Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives," Bornstein writes,

This isn’t a new insight. In a national survey, more than 90 percent of schoolteachers said it was important for schools to promote the development of students’ social and emotional skills (sometimes called 21st century skills, noncognitive skills, or character education). But many struggle to integrate this kind of teaching in their classrooms.

Click through to read the full article.

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We leave you with this Key & Peele sketch you've no doubt seen cascading down your newsfeeds this week. The two comedians imagine a world in which the cultures of athletes and teachers have switched, framed as a SportsCenter segment:

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. Cheers to your weekend!

*Photo via Krzysztof Krupa

Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week!


Welcome to the second entry in a new series on the Heinemann blog! Every week we find around five interesting links for you to take into your much deserved weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!


At Two Writing Teachers, Tara Smith wrote about a presentation Ralph Fletcher gave called "Making Nonfiction from Scratch: How Can We Give Students the Time, the Tools, and the Vision They Need in Order to Create Authentic Information Writing?"

Ralph began his presentation with a spirited defense of keeping narrative writing at heart of our writing workshops, reminding us that what is remembered is connected to and embedded in story. The elements of surprise and suspense draw us into stories, he said, they keep us on our toes and hold our interest.

—Click through to read "Learning from Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing" by Tara Smith at Two Writing Teachers.


Nancie Atwell appeared on PBS NEWSHOUR on Wednesday evening, in a segment called, "'World's best teacher' does not believe in tests and quizzes."

Click through to watch the video clip.


Author Penny Kittle has won the Exemplary Leader Award from CEL and will receive it at the NCTE Annual Convention in Minneapolis!


Teacher ​Jianna Taylor wrote a review of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts & Minds with Inquiry by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Sara K. Ahmed.

Of all of the professional books I have read, this is the first that felt as if it were written directly for me and the type of teacher I am.  I could see myself as a teacher in the pages, but more than that, I could see a better version of my teacher self in the pages.

Click through to read Jianna's review at Oakland Schools Literacy.


Amy Ludwig VanDerwater finished off an incredible 30-day sing-a-poem project for National Poetry Month. Visit The Poem Farm for more.

Check back next week for more interesting links. Do you write a blog about your experiences in education? Leave a link in the comments below and we'll consider it for future round-ups. Have a great weekend!