Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. MARCH 2012
Volume 6, Issue 8
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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Upcoming Book Fairs
Spring 2012: 02/13/12, 04/02/12
Summer Reading: Available
Fall 2012: 09/10/12
Contact your school's Book Fair Chairperson to plan your events.
Meet Your New PD Tool
By Jonathan Sapers, Scholastic Administrator magazine
Principal Twitter At first glance, Twitter doesn't seem like the place to gather information on how to run a school or craft a curriculum. But a burgeoning group of administrators is taking advantage of Twitter's ability to reach large numbers of people and its simple method of hashtags to organize topics and discussions-turning it into a 24-hour international information clearinghouse.

Over the past three years, two primary hashtags have emerged among educators and school administrators: #edchat, which has spawned a variety of education-related subgroups, and #cpchat, which stands for "connected principals chat." Keep Reading >>

Summer Reading Strategy: Series Books Grow Readers!
By Dr. Anne McGill-Franzen, professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Anne MGill-Franzen - Reading Summit Speaker For at least 100 years, series books have enthralled young and older readers alike, hooking them on storylines and quirky characters that speak to them in a way they understand. A great way to keep kids on track with their reading goals over the summer is to introduce them to a popular series of books that will last throughout the summer break.

Avid readers started reading with series books. Series books provide pleasure to young readers and promote fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Series books grow readers in a host of ways by building a hunger for reading that provides a foundation for a lifetime of literacy. And literacy translates to success in and beyond the classroom - into the corridors of life itself. Keep Reading >>

Reading Summit to Feature Literacy Advocate Pam Allyn
Pam Allyn - Reading Summit Speaker Pam Allyn - a renowned literacy advocate, author, and ambassador for Scholastic's Global Literacy Campaign "Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life" - will be the keynote speaker at the Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Educational Leaders, where revered educational experts and colleagues will share best practices for improving student achievement.

Participants at the annual summits, which will be held in seven locations across the country, will receive continuing professional educational credits. The $99 cost also includes professional development breakout sessions, lunch, parking, and a gift bag of books.
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Launching Summer Reading
By Donalyn Miller, sixth-grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX
Donalyn Miller - Reading Summit Speaker Reading research indicates that many children's reading ability declines between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next because they do not read over the summer. You can counteract this summer reading slump by reading as few as four or five books over the summer, according to researcher Jimmy Kim.

I, of course, would love for kids to read more than this small number of books! The summer break is a marvelous time for readers to explore topics and books of their own interest free from the mandates of school reading. Although it is challenging to require or monitor students' summer reading, try some of these suggestions for launching a schoolwide summer reading initiative. Keep Reading >>

James Patterson Wants Your Reading Tips!
Are you great at getting kids into reading? James Patterson wants to know what you've done to get kids reading! Enter the TIPS ON READING CONTEST on ReadKiddoRead.com and write an overview of a program, activity, or event that you've put into effect that was successful in getting kids reading.

As a thank you, Mr. Patterson will dedicate his upcoming young adult novel to the person or program with the best idea. Plus, the 20 best ideas swill be featured on ReadKiddoRead's "Sure-Shot-Guide to Get Your Kiddos Reading," to be distributed to parents and teachers nationwide.

The contest closes Sunday, May 20, 2012, so start thinking about tips you can share! Get Details >>

Booktalk: Spring into Reading!
Booktalks As we emerge from winter, March is a great time to spring into reading! Be sure to stock these great titles that will engage and entertain your students in every season:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Clover (Preschool to Grade 2)
By Lucille Colondro

National Geographic Kids Everything Weather (All elementary grades)

The Hunger Games (Middle & High School)
By Suzanne Collins

Copy and Share Resources
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Encouraging Summer Reading
Summer Learning Ideas
Raising a Reader
Book Activities for the End of the School Year
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
Apr 17 Series Favorites - Heroes, Scamps & Sidekicks - Free online virtual reading event
Apr 29 - May 2 Visit us at the International Reading Association - Chicago, Ill.
May 1 WordGirl Definition Competition - Free online virtual reading event
May 20 TIPS ON READING CONTEST on ReadKiddoRead.com - Final day to enter
Jun 12 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Atlanta, Ga., featuring keynote speaker Superintendent Dr. Valya S. Lee of Twiggs County Public Schools
Jun 14 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in San Francisco, Calif., featuring Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives
Jun 21 - 26 Visit us at American Library Association Annual Conference - Anaheim, Calif.
Jun 25 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Minneapolis, Minn., featuring Pam Allyn, author of The Best Books for Boys: How to Engage Boys in Reading in Ways That Will Change Their Lives
Jun 27 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Pittsburgh, Pa., featuring Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Jul 12 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Parkridge, N.J., featuring University of Tennessee professors, authors, and researchers Drs. Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen
Jul 17 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Dallas, Texas, featuring Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
Jul 24 Reading Summit for Educational Leaders in Alexandria, Va., featuring Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
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