January 14, 2021
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Transforming Literacy Learning
Vending machine offers books to school's students
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A New Orleans elementary school is offering "golden tokens" to students who achieve certain goals to select a book from a vending machine in the school. The Inchy's Bookworm machine is stocked with a variety of books, and Zachary Elementary School Principal Keisha Thomas says it makes students excited about reading and encourages better behavior.
Full Story: The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) (1/12) 
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5 ways teachers can be inclusive of all students
Making diverse language choices in lessons -- such as the singular "they" as a gender-neutral pronoun and capitalizing Black in relation to race -- is one way teachers can be more inclusive of all students' cultures and experiences, writes Randi Bender, the chief content officer at Reading Plus. Among Bender's other suggestions include ensuring texts and lessons mirror student identities and offer a window into the experiences of others.
Full Story: District Administration magazine online (1/12) 
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Teacher: Avoid the "academic dark" of literary analysis
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For students to complete successful literary analysis, they first need a lesson in the language that literary critics use, otherwise they're working in the "academic dark," asserts Ryan Collins, a high-school English teacher. In this blog post, Collins writes how building this foundation can help students better engage with the works.
Full Story: Edutopia (1/12) 
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Free Webinar: Profile in Reading Success
Learn how Saint Paul Public Schools uses assessment data to foster strong readers. Join experts to review the essentials of reading instruction and how the district uses screening and progress monitoring—even remotely—to provide informed, equitable instruction. Jan. 19, 2 p.m. ET Register.
Literacy Everywhere
Smithsonian, PBS put free lessons online
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Science, history and art content for K-12 schools are coming for free to PBS' digital platform from the Smithsonian Institute via a partnership with PBS LearningMedia. The grab-and-use content can be sorted by grade level, subject area or Common Core and state standards.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/12) 
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Report: Improving online learning for long term
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Online teaching and learning that has become the norm during the coronavirus pandemic should seek out ways to improve, even after many students return to in-person learning, according to a report from the nonprofit Clayton Christensen Institute. The report cites several solutions, including a state review of curriculum materials and teacher-led training and coaching.
Full Story: Education Week (1/11) 
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Professional Development and Leadership
Educators share examples for how to use, react to data
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Data can be a powerful tool to improve teaching and learning, three educators say in this blog post. Luiza Mureseanu, an instructional resource teacher in Ontario, Canada, discusses the adjustments she makes based on information she gathers from Google Forms, exit tickets, notes, surveys and interviews with students.
Full Story: Education Week (1/12) 
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Editor's Note
ELA SmartBrief will not publish Jan. 18
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, ELA SmartBrief will not publish Monday, Jan. 18. Publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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