Family & Community

Update from Puerto Rico

Julia Graeper  November 17th, 2017 

A guest post from Darlene Vazquez (Scholastic Puerto Rico) on life since Hurricane Maria.

If I could do my family engagement all over again...

Jenni Brasington  October 18th, 2017 

I've been out of the classroom for many years. But I think often about returning for an opportunity to do things differently. I would especially like a "do-over" on...

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Bookmarked: The impact of hunger on achievement, & addressing lunch-shaming

Julia Graeper  October 4th, 2017 

Below are a few education stories I've bookmarked recently.

Resources for talking to students about tragedy

Scholastic  October 2nd, 2017 

Support for educators and families who may be having difficult conversations about the events in Las Vegas.

When Hunger Is an Equity Issue

Andy Kubas  September 26th, 2017 

As an educator, my mission is to look within my school community and identify the barriers to learning that are particular to the students I serve. 

Two Ways to Support a Learning Community

Paul Liabenow  September 18th, 2017 

 In an ideal world, our classrooms are populated by children who are well-rested, well-fed and have everything they need to reach their full academic potential.

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Meriden Public Schools: Here, Students Succeed

Dr. Mark Benign...  September 14th, 2017 

Transformation to student-centered learning environments required a shift in culture, curriculum and instruction. 

Bookmarked: The Gallup Survey, Dear America, SEL and Leading and Learning

Julia Graeper  September 12th, 2017 

Below are a few education stories I've bookmarked recently.

September is the New January: Resolutions for Family Engagement

Jenni Brasington  September 7th, 2017 

We know that as soon as school supplies hit the store shelves, summer is over. Although January 1 is the official start of the New Year, many educators consider Back to...

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Back to School: 4 Key Ways to Read Together for Growth

Michael Haggen  August 30th, 2017 

A commitment to reading and learning can and should reach every member of the school community—district and school leaders, teachers, students and the parents who support...

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Scholastic responds to Hurricane Harvey

Scholastic  August 28th, 2017 

The images and news stories coming out of Houston and its surrounding areas are horrific. Massive flooding—the result of Hurricane Harvey—has affected hundreds of...

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Ready, Set, Read: How Hillside Public Schools Got Reading Over the Summer

Dr. Christy Oli...  August 21st, 2017 

Many families were eager, not just for just the books, but also for workshops and materials around family literacy and the home-school connection. 

Literacy Ambassadors: Building a Student-Centered Culture of Reading

Adam Couturier  August 14th, 2017 

If you want to inculcate a love of reading, you have to provide a context for the goal, one which makes sense and is inspiring and relevant to your students.

Family Engagement Participation: Helping Families Build Competence and Confidence

Ron Mirr  August 3rd, 2017 

Just as not all children come to school ready to learn, families may also be apprehensive, nervous, or skeptical at first.

The Learning Supports Pathway: An Integrated Model of School Improvement

Merrianne Dyer  July 5th, 2017 

As school leaders approach improvement planning for the upcoming year, what strategies can be employed to address the pervasive barriers that many students face?

Why Literacy and Families Go Together

Steve Constantino  June 26th, 2017 

Can an effective approach to engaging families in the learning lives of their children improve outcomes, specifically those important literacy outcomes?  Absolutely.

Year-Round (and that includes summer!) Reading Routines

C.C. Bates  June 14th, 2017 

Summer often lacks structure, and if there is no routine around reading, it may get overlooked for other activities.

What Happened at #EWA17? Some Twitter Highlights

Julia Graeper  June 6th, 2017 

Below is but a sampling of the conversations I picked up on #EWA17.

2017 National Advisory Council: Equity in Education—Engaging and Empowering Students, Families & Educators

Julia Graeper  May 24th, 2017 

"People refer to education as the great equalizer. But the reality is that the great equalizer is inequitably distributed."

Orange Public Schools: Want to Get Kids Reading? Get Everyone Reading!

Karen Harris  May 11th, 2017 

I focused on the concept of modeling: I thought that if students saw adults reading, they would be more inclined to do it themselves.

What I Learned: My School's Eye-Opening Family Engagement Assessment

Suzanne Mitchell  May 3rd, 2017 

To be honest, I was not sure what the building had to do with family engagement. 

3 Takeaways for Educators from the Teacher & Principal School Report: Focus on Literacy

Michael Haggen  April 26th, 2017 

The report explores the views of teachers and principals on the importance of reading, independent reading in school, the home-to-school connection, & summer reading...

Reading Helps Kids Make Summer Count in Greenville, SC

Dr. Andrea A. Rizzo  April 20th, 2017 

Students maintained or increased their reading levels over the summer and the program had an overall positive impact on students’ reading habits and attitudes. 

Tackling Social Inequality through Literacy

Byron Garrett  April 19th, 2017 

With a diverse collection of books that support SEL and social justice, we can create empathetic and empowered educational advocates in the next generation.

Autism Awareness, School Libraries, and Summer Reading

Julia Graeper  April 6th, 2017 

The month of April is Autism Awareness Month and School Library Month. It's also time to pre-register for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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