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Five on Friday + Book Giveaways

Want to obtain some high quality professional development at no cost to you? Need some books to sink your teeth into this summer? Feel like kicking back and just enjoying some time off? If you answered "yes," to one of these questions, then read on!

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How the Finns Create a Sense of Community in Their Schools

How do we compare a country with a fairly homogeneous population of five and a half million people, with less than 5% of the population in poverty, to the United States? Well, forty years ago, when Finland was overhauling their education system and studying models from other countries, they could have followed our lead and jumped on our No Child Left Behind bandwagon, eventually moving to high-stakes testing and teacher assessment as a means to improve education.

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I Didn’t Expect…

As many of you know, I've been a busy girl this week. I was at Judson University's Literacy in Motion conference on Wednesday speaking about my work with celebrations. Then yesterday I was the opening keynote for the All-Write Summer Institute. Today Patrick Allen (author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop) and I are… Continue reading I Didn’t Expect…

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The Stir Over Superman

I've been home sick with a horrendous cough and cold this week.  I've had to cancel everything for the past three days in an effort to get well.  Needless to say, I got bored very quickly.  However, my boredom has afforded me with an opportunity to learn more about "Waiting for 'Superman'," the documentary that's… Continue reading The Stir Over Superman