Category Archives: Resources

NEW VIDEO TRAINING MODULE: Unpacking the ELA Common Core Standards!

I am pleased to share another video training module! Unpacking the ELA Common Core Standards MODULE This SELF-PACED 17-min video (ideal for viewing with a colleague so you can discuss questions that arise) addresses the following four questions: What should … Continue reading

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NEW VIDEO TRAINING MODULE: Argument vs. Evidence!

I am pleased to share another video training module! Argument vs. Evidence MODULE This 33-min SELF-PACED video explains the six key steps regarding argument vs. evidence (from “What’s the difference between argument and evidence?” to “How can I write a research paper from … Continue reading

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NEW RESOURCES: Video Training Modules!!!

I am super-excited to report that I’ve been designing video training modules to support literacy instruction!!!  These brief but informative modules cover key topics that I’ve been presenting on and writing about for the past decade, and they are now … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: FREE Independent Reading Access for ALL!

Although most schools are now closed for the summer, it is not too late to reach out to your students and tell them about Libby.  If you’ve never heard of it, Libby is a FREE app that enables people to … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: Open-source Resources

As we near the finish line of this unusual school year, we are already looking ahead to the next one. For anyone trying to figure out how to run a hybrid instructional model—partly in person, partly online—here are just a … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: SEL Resources from Princeton-Blairstown Center

As we all wrestle with how to support students dealing with trauma during this pandemic, one of the challenges is how to do so virtually.  Following is a guest post by Meredith Murray, Director of Development & Communications at Princeton-Blairstown … Continue reading

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ONLINE LEARNING: How to Teach Writing with Zoom and Jamboard

Let’s say you’re teaching online with Zoom and you want to help students improve their writing. Let’s say you have 25 students—7th graders—who are reading Frederick Douglass’s 1845 memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, and … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: Research Simulation Task Writing Lesson Cycle UPDATED 2-2-2020

[The original version of this post can be found here.] In New Jersey, where I live and work, the state’s most recent test specs for NJSLA (formerly known as PARCC and quite honestly the same test with a different name) … Continue reading

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Strengthening Habits of Discourse: Lessons Learned, Part 1

One thing I think we can all agree on is that we live in a world full of communication challenges. No matter where you stand on any issue, it can be difficult to conduct well-informed, respectful conversations with people who … Continue reading

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A HELPFUL RESOURCE FOR DISCOUNTED BOOKS: First Book Marketplace

If you work with students from underserved communities and want to secure FREE/DISCOUNTED BOOKS for them, you should check out First Book Marketplace! “First Book is a non-profit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources—for free and at … Continue reading

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