April’s Newsletter

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The Power of a Reading Stack

Leading a reading life means purposefully thinking about reading and how to fit it into our daily comings and goings. Our lives are busy and there is a lot of competition for each moment. Readers navigate ways to prioritize reading by creating a plan about what they are currently reading and what is coming next. Those plans are supported with habits that foster opportunities to read. 

Resources

Ever wonder if you are saying all the letter sounds correctly? Have you ever thought, I wish I could share something with parents to help them understand letter sounds? If so, this is the resource for you. This video reviews the proper pronunciation of the 44 phonemes used in English. This is a great resource for new learning, as well as a timely reminder if practices are drifting.

Are you looking for information on how to provide reading interventions for students in grades 4-9? Do you want to make sure the things you are doing in Tier 2 align with research? Check out this practice guide on the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) website, found here, WWC | Providing Reading Interventions for Students in Grades 4–9.  This guide focuses on key recommendations that support readers and help them close the reading gap.

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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].

Are you looking for a place to start with the Science of Reading research?

Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom by Jan Burkins and Kari Yates

If the term Science of Reading (SoR) intimidates you, and you’re not sure where to start, this is a great resource. It touches on ways to quickly integrate researched best practices into your classroom.

Looking for a picture book to use with older readers? 

I Am Not a Number is written by Jenny Kay Dupuis, Kathy Kacer and illustrated by Gillian Newland

This book will leave readers of any age thinking. Thinking about what it means when someone tries to erase who you are. Wondering, would you forget where you come from if you couldn’t speak your language? use your own name? In this book, readers will learn the story of an eight year old who is removed from her First Nations home and placed in a residential school. This book will spark deep conversations, and propel readers to learn more about this part of history.

UPCOMING TRAINING SESSIONS WITH APRIL!

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June 8th-College & Career Conference- Indiana Youth Institute

SESSIONS:

Filling in the Gaps: Fostering Reading Skills in Older Readers

Trails of Thinking: Helping Students Read Complex Text

Filling in the Gaps: Fostering Writing Skills in Older Writers

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