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Kelli Campbell, T&L Director Kent ISD- As summer approaches, I am preparing my summer reading list. One thing we know as educators, is that reading is very important to professional growth. Reading can remind you, challenge you, and give you an opportunity to interact with others. (Why Leaders Must Be Readers, Forbes.com)

What’s on your summer reading list?

As you put together your summer reading list, here are a few newly published books that may be of interest to every building administrator! Continue reading #SummerAdminReads

The Xtreme Librarian Spreads the Love of Reading!

“School libraries are where it all begins. They are the opportunity to know yourself and to develop the great habit of reading. No matter what you are interested in there’s a book waiting for you and it starts in that place.” John Schumacher (http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/)

We all know reading is important.  In fact, students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school. For this reason, as well as many others, school districts place a lot of emphasis on literacy. Continue reading The Xtreme Librarian Spreads the Love of Reading!

Kids Who Read Beat the Summer Slide

In 2009, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating”. Educators often refer to summer loss as “summer slide”.

It is estimated that the amount of loss a child might experience could equal one month of instruction, and the effect has a greater impact on disadvantaged children (Cooper, 1996). Researchers conclude that two-thirds of 9th grade reading achievement gaps can be explained by the accumulated summer loss they have experienced since early elementary, with nearly one-third of the gap already present when children enter Kindergarten (Alexander, Entwistle & Olsen, 2007). Continue reading Kids Who Read Beat the Summer Slide

Want to Enhance Your Classroom Library?

For the Love of Reading!

Creating a culture of readers centers around the classroom library. The classroom library provides students with access to a wide range of high-interest fiction and nonfiction texts. Developing the classroom library most often is left to the teacher, diminishing school budgets, and sometimes through donations.

Research supports what teachers have always known, students who read more achieve more.

Teachers can support student’s reading habits by Continue reading Want to Enhance Your Classroom Library?

Brand Yourself As a Reader

Do your students see you as a reader?  What does a reader look like?  Sound like?

Have you ever thought of developing interest in reading as marketing reading?  Not so far-fetched, because reading has to compete with video games, sports, TV, the internet, going fishing, any and all of the intriguing options out there for our students.

Kent ISD Reading in the Wild with Donalyn MillerWhen you hear the name Donalyn Miller, is “reading” the first word that pops into your head?  A friend of Donalyn’s, Christopher Lehman, wrote an excellent post on Donalyn’s Blog on Education Week TEACHER, called What Kardashians Taught Me About Reading Instruction (No, For Real).

In his post, Chistopher Lehman does a direct comparison between Donalyn Miller and Kim Kardashian. Continue reading Brand Yourself As a Reader

Take Advantage of Summer Learning Opportunities

School is out and summer is finally here! We hope you have a wonderful summer. Before we sign off for the 2014-15 school year, we wanted to highlight some popular blog posts that might be beneficial to your continual learning over the summer.

1. How to Avoid the Summer Slide
Kent ISD shares how to avoid the summer slideResearch completed over hundreds of years has demonstrated that students are likely to shut down their minds during this time and can suffer significant educational consequences.  In fact, students generally score worse Continue reading Take Advantage of Summer Learning Opportunities