April’s Newsletter

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November Blog

6 Habits for Families with Early Readers

Start with these 6 easy habits that any family can incorporate into their routines to help their early reader at home.


Understanding the Teacher Pipeline for Indiana’s K–12 Public Schools

If you are interested in learning more about the teacher pipeline in Indiana, this link takes you to a study released by the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) in March of 2021.

What do you think of “phonics first” or “phonics only” in the primary grades? Wondering about phonics in the primary grades. Check-out this blog from Timothy Shanahan posted on Shanahan on Literacy.

Reader’s Corner

Every month I’ll highlight a professional book and a book you might want to use with students. I’d love to hear what you’re reading too! Feel free to email me at [email protected].

If you are new to teaching and want to know more about phonics OR if you a veteran teacher who wants to evaluate your current practices this is a great place to start! A Fresh Look at Phonics: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success by Wiley Blevins is a practical, easy to read book with immediate item actions that teachers can take into the classroom. Teachers can also find some additional resources online to support the ideas in the book.

Novels in verse are some of my favorites! I’m including three possible titles you could share with your students.

The Crossover

by Kwame Alexander

The Crossover  by Kwame Alexander

Perfect for the middle grade reader who loves sports. Don’t let this book fool you; it isn’t all fun and games, it has a serious twist and pulls at your emotions.

Full Cicada Moon

by Marilyn Hilton

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

This title is a coming of age story appropriate for middle school. It is relatable for anyone who has been the new person, the person speaking up, and the person who is struggling to fit in.

Kent State

by Deborah Wiles

Kent State by Deborah Wiles 

One of the darkest moments in American history is explored in this title which covers the events that led to 4 American students killed while protesting the Vietnam War.


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November 17, 2022 Accelerating Reading in Grades 3-9 NIESC
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January 18, 2023 Accelerating Readers in Grades 3 and Above (registration link coming soon) ECESC
February 7, 2023 Accelerating Readers in Grades 3 and Above WCIESC
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