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How do I help my child with writing?

“To devote energy to their writing, children need to see it as empowering, as something that can change the world, as something they’ll want to do throughout their lives.” But how do parents know whether their children see writing this way?  How can we be sure that the kinds of writing children are being asked…

Parents: A Literacy Teacher’s Best Ally

By Cathy Fleischer In the early 1990s when I was a newly minted PhD and college professor, I attended a state board of education meeting that was focused on whether or not to adopt a new English Language Arts curriculum.  The curriculum was forward looking, based in current best practices and one that teachers around…

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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…

Proposed Regulations Bad for Kids, Teachers, and Schools

by Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. Report cards may sound simple and harmless. But the “report cards” for teacher education programs that were recently proposed by the U.S. Department of Education are a bad idea. They, and the proposed new federal rules of which they are a part, could do tremendous damage to schools, to colleges,…