Photo of a chalkboard that reads: "Welcome to book club! Itinerary: Make yarn dolls. Eat your way through the book. Talk about the book. Do needlepoint."

Why Book Clubs Matter

By Gretchen Rumohr-Voskuil and Deborah Vriend Van Duinen Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. –Napoleon   Recently, the Writers Who Care blog has discussed college readiness, alternative forms of literacy, a teacher-as-writer model, the concept of providing real audiences for writers, and advocacy related…

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“I’ve Got Better Writing to Do.”

By Tim Dewar My older daughter has written her first five-paragraph essay for school. In the language of the Common Core, and since she is in fourth grade, it was an opinion piece.  The topic? Should students have more or less homework? She argued for less with a tone best described as “Duh” by a…

Picture of a pencil lying on top of a test answer sheet with bubble in answer options. One of the questions has test as the options instead of the traditional ABCDE

What the Data Won’t Show

by Susan Lazear When Autumn texts me, she always ends with, “Sorry to bother you.”  Sometimes she sends a heart, too, or sometimes it’s a row of hearts. Her Facebook profile picture is from graduation day. Her other pictures are from when her parents paid a local photographer to take her picture in a field,…