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March 23, 2017
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Authors teach about writing in virtual visits
Authors teach about writing in virtual visits
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More elementary- and middle-school teachers are connecting book authors to students through social media conversations using Skype, Twitter, Google Hangout or FaceTime. Teachers say conversations with authors give students insight into the real-world writing process, while the authors say they benefit from the interactions.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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Tackle students’ biggest barrier to complex text: word knowledge
Laura Robb provides a vocabulary instruction plan with all materials included that takes just 10-15 minutes daily. She covers academic vocabulary, synonyms, antonyms, and more in 25+ lessons that feature student reproduciblea along with 50+ pieces of short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Use this free lesson to make and define multisyllable words.
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Literacy Everywhere
Masks by Maine students tell veterans' stories
Masks by Maine students tell veterans' stories
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Students in a Maine school's US social studies class recently interviewed veterans to document their stories and used art skills to create masks showing how the veterans' experiences affected their lives. The students used symbols and other art techniques on the masks and presented them, along with their written research, for presentations.
Kennebec Journal (Maine)/Morning Sentinel (3/21) 
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Study: E-readers tied to less frequent reading
The greater access students have to electronic reading devices, such as iPads and mobile phones, the less likely they are to read, according to a recent study by Murdoch University lecturer Margaret Merga. Findings also show that frequent readers prefer paper books.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/21) 
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Discipline, race studied at Calif. schools
Study: Black suspension rates high at Calif. middle schools
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About 43% of California middle schools reported high suspension rates for African-American students in 2014-15, according to a study that looked at race and discipline in K-12 schools. Researchers have identified a "trust gap" that develops in middle school, where African-American students feel they are treated unfairly by authority figures.
EdSource (3/22) 
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Leadership and Capacity Building
Tips to help teachers find their voice
Many teachers feel they do not have a voice, educator Barbara Blackburn says in this interview. Blackburn and fellow educator Mary Tarashuk offer advice to help teachers find their voices and help students to be heard, too.
SmartBrief/Education (3/22) 
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Professional Learning
Va. district uses Google Classroom for PD
Officials in a Virginia school district are using Google Classroom for effective and convenient professional development for teachers, according to Tina Weaver, director of teaching and learning for Madison County Public Schools. In this commentary, she describes how teachers complete the modules according to their pace and schedule.
District Administration magazine online (3/23) 
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NCLE Spotlight
6 key components of effective and sustainable remodeling
This NCLE framework provides an overview of the types of organizational conditions and practices that enable schools to build and sustain a collaborative culture that is grounded in evidence of student learning. Focusing on the collective capacity within a team, a school, a district or an organization while also attending to rising literacy expectations increases the likelihood of effectively meeting the teaching and learning demands associated with the modern multi-faceted definition of literacy. This Framework for Building Capacity and related tools provide research-based guidance to improve the process of professional learning. Read on.
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Finding the time and space to connect
Looking for more opportunities to interact and to further their group's mission, members of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (ACTELA) decided to create a Collaborative Inquiry Team (CIT) on the Literacy in Learning Exchange. In the story and interview clips shared here, ACTELA President Dixie Keyes and Vice President Cindy Green talk about their group's goals, their inquiry questions, what they've learned through sharing their work on the Literacy in Learning Exchange, and the hopes they have for their affiliate's future. Read on.
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