Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words

I’ve always been a talker.  When I was about three years old, my parents would proudly show off what my dad always called my “proclivity for language” by asking me, in front of visiting company, to say what was then said to be the longest name in the Philadelphia...
Addressing Summer Reading Loss

Addressing Summer Reading Loss

Summer reading is the single summer activity that is most related to summer learning (Heyns, 1978). However, summer reading experiences are not equitable for students from high poverty homes or areas as compared to their peers. Students, on average, attend school for...

A Book Not By the Book

Our grown son is a journalist and author. On a recent visit home, he did a reading, discussion and signing of his new book at a wonderful local bookstore. It was exciting to have many friends and colleagues in attendance, but it was a particularly delightful surprise...

Skeletons and Mood- Boosting Picture Books

There’s been some interesting news out of Great Britain lately. First, there was the announcement confirming the discovery of the remains of King Richard lll, the 15th century monarch vilified in Shakespeare’s Richard lll. The photo of his skeletal remains is quite...

Leadership and the Common Core: English Language Arts

School leaders face a significant challenge in implementing new reforms, which seem to come with increasing frequency.  While the Common Core Standards hold promise for shaping a deeper, more thoughtful curriculum for students in English Language Arts (and...