Friday, September 23, 2016

A Few of My Favorite Things

This week I thought I would share some of my favorite blogs, links, and newsletters.

If you have literacy questions and want down-to-earth, practical and research-based advice, Timothy Shanahan is your man! Sign up for Shanahan on Literacy . Occasionally, Dr. Shanahan shares his national presentations and recently-developed resources.

Reviews of children's books, informational and literary, are regularly provided by Lesley University professors, Erika Dawes and Mary Ann Capiello. Their blog is now associated with the School Library Journal. Find it here.

Following up on last week's blog on questioning, check out A More Beautiful Question. This site works for life, work, and education. We all need to embrace more curiosity.

My very newest favorite is Simply Civics. For the past six months I have been working with the Civic Learning and Engagement Task Force that is charged by the Department with making recommendations for how we may incorporate the proven practices for civic learning into school and district curricula. Those proven practices are classroom instruction, discussion of current events and controversial issues, service learning, extracurricular activities, school governance, and simulations of the democratic processes. The best resource for the simulations is the Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMK). What a gem! If you haven't visited, please put it on your calendar for a visit soon. Kadie Maher, who works for the institute writes the Simply Civics blog.

Reading Rockets keeps you up-to-date on all things literacy. Find all kinds of information and opinions on preschool education at In Quotes

Closer to home, sign up for updates as assessments transition to Next Generation Assessments at Assessment Updates. This is up-to-date information on all things related to our states assessments.