Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 2 of 2

Drs. Ernest & Jodene Morrell

Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 2 of 2

In Part 2 of 2 posts, Ernest and Jodene Morrell explain the necessity of student voice and choice in empowering young readers.

Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 1 of 2

Drs. Ernest & Jodene Morrell

Importance of Student Voice & Choice // Part 1 of 2

In Part 1 of 2 posts, Ernest and Jodene Morrell explain the necessity of student voice and choice in empowering young readers. 

Lessons in Literacy // Engaging in Journalism: Middle Schoolers Conduct Research in the Sonora Desert

Cesar Elvir

Lessons in Literacy // Engaging in Journalism: Middle Schoolers Conduct Research in the Sonora Desert

For our next installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator Cesar Elvir. Through this series, teachers will periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, Mr. Elvir shares that, in order to teach his students about digital citizenship, he took his students to the Arizona desert to conduct research and write credible essays for publication on the internet. Enjoy!

Developing a Readerly Identity with Young Children // Part 2 of 2

Dr. Michael Macaluso

Developing a Readerly Identity with Young Children // Part 2 of 2

As Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week 2019 continues, Dr. Mike Macaluso shares Part 2 of his blog post on how to encourage a reader identity in young children. In Part 1, Dr. Mac told the story of how he had difficulty seeing himself as a reader in his early years of school. Dr. Mac’s parents capitalized on his love for comic books to help him see that (1) reading could be enjoyable and (2) that he was a capable reader. Now that he is an English education professor with four children of his own, he offers parents and teachers two more tips for inspiring a love of reading in their young children.

Developing a Readerly Identity with Young Children // Part 1 of 2

Dr. Michael Macaluso

Developing a Readerly Identity with Young Children // Part 1 of 2

As Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week 2019 begins, Dr. Mike Macaluso shares tips on how to encourage young children to see themselves as readers. Dr. Mac tells the story of how he had difficulty seeing himself as a reader in his early years of school. Now that he is an English education professor with four children of his own, he offers parents and teachers proven strategies for inspiring a love of reading in their young children.

The Power of Read Alouds // How to Perform an Effective Interactive Read Aloud

Dr. Betsy Okello

The Power of Read Alouds // How to Perform an Effective Interactive Read Aloud

As World Read Aloud Day approaches (Feb. 1), Dr. Betsy Okello empowers school leaders and teachers to execute their best read alouds yet! A successful read aloud can actually be quite complex. For this reason, Dr. Okello offers research-based tips for conducting the most impactful and vibrant read alouds possible.

Lessons in Literacy // Navigating the Stories of Black History with “Black Panther”

Daniel Hodge

Lessons in Literacy // Navigating the Stories of Black History with “Black Panther”

For our next installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator Daniel Hodge. Through this series, teachers will periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the upcoming Black History Month, Mr. Hodge explains how he helps his middle schoolers gain a critical understanding of the Black experience in America through a unit centered on the blockbuster movie "Black Panther". Enjoy!

Lessons in Literacy // Defend that Villain: Using Diary Entries to Spark Discussion in a High School Classroom

Anna Bourbonnais

Lessons in Literacy // Defend that Villain: Using Diary Entries to Spark Discussion in a High School Classroom

For our next installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator Anna Bourbonnais. Through this series, teachers will periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, Ms. Bourbonnais explains how she uses diary entries written from a villain's point of view to spur her students onto in-depth class discussions. Enjoy!

Lessons in Literacy // Connecting a Middle School Classroom to the Real World through "Refugee"

Anna Bourjaily

Lessons in Literacy // Connecting a Middle School Classroom to the Real World through

For our first installment of the Lessons in Literacy series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator Anna Bourjaily. Through this series, teachers will periodically share their classroom successes on the CLE blog. Here, Ms. Bourjaily explains how she helped her students connect with the modern world through the historical fiction novel Refugee. Enjoy!

A Writing Teacher’s New Year’s Resolution: Re-visioning Revision

Dr. Kati Macaluso

A Writing Teacher’s New Year’s Resolution: Re-visioning Revision

As the new year begins and teachers approach their classroom with renewed hope and purpose, Dr. Kati Macaluso offers useful tips for helping students revise more effectively. 

Deck the Walls: Create a Literacy-Rich Secondary Classroom

Darby Evans

Deck the Walls: Create a Literacy-Rich Secondary Classroom

Winter Break is almost here! It's the most wonderful time of the year for teachers to rest, relax, and reflect on classroom practice. As educators gear up for the next half of the school year, CLE team member Darby Evans offers ideas for maximizing the real estate in secondary classrooms for literacy learning. 

#WhyITeach: An Ode to Reading and Writing

Emma Fleming

#WhyITeach: An Ode to Reading and Writing

For our first installment of the #WhyITeach series, the CLE is pleased to spotlight educator Emma Fleming. Teachers will periodically contribute to the #WhyITeach series on the CLE blog. These posts share beautiful, motivating moments from practicing educators associated with the CLE. Here, Ms. Fleming utilizes her great love of song to express her love for teaching reading and writing; her post is written in lovely lyrical verse. Enjoy!

Dr. Mac's Top 10 Resources for Finding Great Multicultural Books

Dr. Michael Macaluso

Dr. Mac's Top 10 Resources for Finding Great Multicultural Books

Educators hear time and time again that they need to stock their shelves with multicultural literature. But, what texts are "best" for our students? Dr. Mike Macaluso provides a list of trusted resources that can help teachers determine which multicultural titles will most effectively reach their students. 

Supporting Young Writers in the Home // Part 2 of 2

Dr. Kati Macaluso

Supporting Young Writers in the Home // Part 2 of 2

Informed by her experiences as both a mother and a professor of literacy education, Dr. Kati Macaluso shares how parents can help form their children into writers. In Part 2 of this blog post, Dr. Macaluso explains three additional methods parents can use to encourage their children to write. 

Supporting Young Writers in the Home // Part 1 of 2

Dr. Kati Macaluso

Supporting Young Writers in the Home // Part 1 of 2

Informed by her experiences as both a mother and a professor of literacy education, Dr. Kati Macaluso shares how parents can help form their children into writers. In Part 1 of this blog, Dr. Macaluso explains what experts say about how young children develop writing skills, and she also details two specific methods grounded in theory that parents can use with their children.   

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