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Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. FEBRUARY 2012
Volume 6, Issue 7
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
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UT Researchers Demonstrate Test Scores Soar with Summer Reading Book Fair
By Dr. Richard L. Allington and Dr. Anne McGill-Franzen, professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
For students embarking on summer break, the word "slide" brings to mind hours of fun on a playground or at a water park. The "summer slide" that teachers have come to know has a less sunny side, referring instead to students' loss in reading achievement after taking a summer vacation from reading.

However, our recently completed three-year study gives hope for avoiding the summer slide as reading achievement increases significantly when students receive books for summer reading at home.

Students in our study attended a spring Book Fair, where they were offered hundreds of titles ...
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Reading Summits Motivate Student Reading Practice
By education consultant and summit speaker Marsha Thauwald, former principal of China Spring Elementary School, China Spring, TX
Reading Summit for Educational Leaders Registration is underway for the 2012 Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Educational Leaders.

The Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Principals and Educational Leaders will provide a place for educators to connect, share best practices, and hear from national experts on creating a reading culture on campus.

Educators who attend the Scholastic Book Fair Reading Summit will have the opportunity to hear from some of the most revered educational experts, as well as some of their colleagues, both of whom will share best practices for improving student achievement ... Keep Reading >>

Finding Time to Read Aloud Pays Dividends for Students
Contributed by By Donalyn Miller, sixth-grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate in Keller, TX
Donalyn Miller with student. I often hear teachers bemoan the lack of class time for reading aloud to their students. Considering the extensive research – which proves that reading aloud to children of all ages improves comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, and writing skills – this activity should be the last to go.

Students beg me for more books by authors I introduce during read-alouds. Read-alouds are perfect opportunities to expose students to genres they often avoid such as poetry, biographies, and other nonfiction. After discovering books they enjoy first through read-alouds, children are more receptive to reading more books from these genres. 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: A Celebration of Diversity and Culture
Booktalks February is a short month with plenty of celebrations. In the spirit of Black History Month and Presidents' Day we offer up titles for both themes that you and your students will enjoy:

I Grew Up to Be President (Ideal for ages 6-10)
Written by Laurie Calkhoven

Travel-Size Pups: Around the World (Ideal for ages 4-8)
Written by Ed Masessa

Glory Be (Ideal for ages 8-12)
Written by Augusta Scattergood

Copy and Share Resources
Principal to Principal is your source for tips, ideas, and resources about reading... all yours to use for free! We invite you to copy and share these articles with your staff and include in your own school newsletters.
Setting the Climate for Parent Involvement
Eight Steps to Successful, Happy Read-Alouds
Fast Facts: The Importance of Summer Reading
Skills All Readers Need and Use
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
Mar 7 Creative Reading Solutions: Words are Only Half the Story - Free online virtual author visit
Mar 22-24 Visit us at the National Association of Elementary School Principals - Seattle, Wash.
Mar 24-26 Visit us at the 67th Annual ASCD Conference - Philadelphia, Pa.
Mar 29 America Then & Now: Coming to America - Immigration - Free online virtual field trip
Apr 17 Series Favorites - Hereos, Scamps & Sidekicks - Free online virtual reading event
Jun 12 -
Jul 24
Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Principals and Educational Leaders
Join Brian Selznick on a Virtual Field Trip   Summer Reading

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