Category: Vocabulary

Exploring Literacy Leadership Goals for the Coming School Year: A Summer Conversation for Coaches and Principals

By Jacy Ippolito and Rita Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets. As we enter into the dog days of summer, principals and instructional coaches may want to carve out a bit of time to talk about the upcoming school year. Oftentimes, effective principal-coach pairs meet toward

The Three Weights on Hispanic and Latino Students: Balancing School, Family, and Community

By Jaime Castellano, author of Educating Hispanic and Latino Students Today in 2018, one in four American children are of Hispanic or Latino origin. With Hispanic/Latino students making up such a large percentage of our schools, we would expect to see them spread proportionally across the spectrum of student success; but

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.

When a New Student Has Language Barriers: 7 Tips for Teachers

About five million children in the United States—that’s approximately one out of 10 students–are learning how to speak English. This is a huge demographic shift, not only in states like California, Texas, and Florida, but also in Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Vermont. Many of the students come from migrant backgrounds,

Writing with Voice

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Writing is an expressive language process that allows us to record thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and inspirations. That expression can be for ourselves or for an audience. Transforming ideas into written words requires considerable effort, making the message clear and interesting

Time of Wonder

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Wondering is the mind’s query to itself — questioning observed phenomena, seeking information about the unknown, or solving a problem or puzzle. It’s a natural force that drives learning from the first breath of life. Effective teachers harness this energy

Acclimating English-Language Learners to a New School – Part 2

By Scott Sterling This is the second of a two-part series on helping English-language learners feel more comfortable at a new school. Read Part I here. English language learning students already have an uphill battle in acclimating to a new, unfamiliar, and complicated language, but they also tend to change

Navigating the Common Core Strategies: Inclusion Dos & Do Betters

By Toby J. Karten Walking along the shore, hand in hand, glancing at the horizon, are two protagonists: A student with an IEP An educator who is implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS)   As partners, these two characters—along with colleagues, administrators, legislators, related service providers, families, and peers—comprise a

This School Year’s Best Free or Cheap English/Language Arts Apps

By Scott Sterling This is the continuation of a series for back to school focusing on the best apps that you might want to consider using this school year. The list is limited to apps that don’t require expensive site-wide licenses or subscriptions (although that might be an option for

Shifting Demographics in American Education: Best Practices

By Scott Sterling This is the last in a series focusing on the demographic changes going on in the nation’s schools. Part 1 is here and part 2 is here. This shift presents opportunities for sustained success and best practices that have been pioneered by districts and schools around the