It is the gift giving season! What gifts can you give a child to ignite learning?
I have found with my children that the right toys inspire learning. So together, with other Kent ISD consultants and parents, I have populated a list of educational gifts that we have seen engage our children and students.
I have categorized the ideas, but many of these really could fit into more than one category. I encourage you to read through each list. Continue reading Top Educational Gift Ideas
Summer. The word alone conjures images of the pool, beach, sand, sun, relaxing with a good book…
Unfortunately, summer break often means a vacation from reading for many students.
Summer Reading Loss Research
The importance of summer reading is well documented in educational research. Studies confirm that summer reading loss perpetuates the achievement gap between low-socioeconomic communities and more advantaged communities. However, Jimmy Kim (2004) found Continue reading Strategies to Encourage Summer 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!
On Thursday October 6, 2016, Gov. Snyder signed the Third Grade Reading Bill which is aimed at improving early literacy. This new legislation renews an energy and sense of urgency around literacy in Michigan.
The Reading Now Network (RNN), a collaborative partnership formed by ISD’s in West Michigan counties, has a mission to improve early literacy and student achievement. Continue reading Don’t Miss: West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium
Time is of the essence! In education, your daily schedule is filled to the brim. You’re planning your next meeting or instructional focus on the drive between sports practice, dinner, and the parent-teacher organization meeting. Sometimes, a few professional “grab and go” options would assist in focusing energy and solidifying next steps. Often times in education, we ask “What are the Essentials?” Continue reading 10 Instructional Literacy Practices for K-3
There are nearly 15,000 English Learners in Kent County schools. Nationally, 1 in 4 students is an English Learner.
How are you supporting English Learners (EL) at your school in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts?
Last year participants from 20 districts came together to learn, discuss, and devise action plans to increase the achievement of their EL students. The 2016/2017 EL Coaching Network will focus on support for ELs in the K-12 content areas. EL teachers, EL staff, and content teachers are welcome to join.
Did you know that Kent ISD has other Curriculum focused networks?
Not only can your district participate in our EL Coaching Network, the Teaching and Learning department at Kent ISD has created the opportunity for all Kent County districts to network and obtain resources related to each specific content area. Continue reading Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources
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
Or should I say we have 10 winners! Due to an overwhelming response to our “Want to Enhance Your Classroom Library- For the Love of Reading” blog post on May 19th, we decided to increase the number of winners to 10 schools with $400 in books to enhance their classroom library.
We had almost 500 responses to our post! We were very impressed with all of the entries. It was very clear that the teachers in Kent County have a love of reading and a love for their students. We wish we could have helped everyone.
Thank you to everyone that entered.
And the winners are… Continue reading We have a winner…
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?
Fiction. Certainly this is one of the most popular genres to read for students and adults. Realistic fiction, fantasy, mystery, and legends, among others, are popular with readers of all ages. Yet, while this type of writing is fun to read, it can be very challenging to write, particularly for young writers.
In the past, many of us have used planning sheets for fiction writing that are, quite frankly, ineffective. These sheets Continue reading Deep Thinking about Character: A Starting Point for Writing Fiction