July 29, 2021
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Transforming Literacy Learning
Framework moves teachers from models to observers
(Allison Shelley/Deeper Learning)
A teacher's role during the framework of the Gradual Release of Responsibility shifts as students move through the four steps, literacy coaches Sunday Cummins and Julie Webb write in this blog post. Using a writing assignment as an example, they explain how a teacher starts as a model, then transitions into a guide, resource and observer.
Full Story: MiddleWeb (7/28) 
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A playful atmosphere is drawing students to Holland Public Schools' Pop-In Reading events scattered around the Michigan community during the summer. Students work on school-year skills through fun activities involving such things as sidewalk chalk and bubbles, then participate in a teacher-led read-along and get a free book to take home, district staff member Jillayne Wallaker says in this interview.
Full Story: The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (7/28) 
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Literacy Everywhere
Twenty inmates of a Wisconsin prison have earned bachelor's degrees in biblical studies with a minor in psychology from Trinity International University, becoming the state corrections system's first class to complete a four-year degree, says Kevin Carr, leader of the state's Department of Corrections. At a graduation ceremony, Carr notes the program will change the lives of the 20 men who will rejoin society with college degrees.
Full Story: Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times (Madison) (7/28) 
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Students who live in an Auburn, Maine, neighborhood managed a lemonade stand twice weekly this month with the help of four educators who used the experiences for math and reading lessons. The students were responsible for making, marketing and selling the beverage along with bags of snacks.
Full Story: Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (tiered subscription model) (7/27) 
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Research on Literacy Teaching and Learning
Analysis weighs benefits of print, e-books
Children ages 8 and younger often understand more of what they read when the book is in print, according to an analysis by Natalia Kucirkova of the University of Stavanger in Norway and the Open University in the UK, and Adriana Bus of Leiden University in Amsterdam. However, the researchers noted benefits of certain enhancements that come with some e-books that help support students' comprehension.
Full Story: Education Week (7/22) 
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Professional Development and Leadership
A group of Oklahoma educators have recently attended Tulsa Public Schools' annual Language and Cultural Services Summit to learn how to support the diverse student population. English is a second language for a third of the district's students, with more than 75% identified as nonwhite and who collectively speak more than 72 languages.
Full Story: KWTV-TV (Oklahoma City) (7/26) 
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