Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. JANUARY 2012
Volume 6, Issue 6
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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School Engages Families in Quest for Greater Literacy
Contributed by Crystal Jones, principal of Beecher Hills Elementary School, Atlanta
Crystal Jones - Beecher Hills ElementaryCrystal Jones struggled finding ways to engage families, particularly in the quest for literacy. Most parents remained uninvolved in their children's education, and the typical after-school events did nothing to spark their interest.

The school clearly needed a different approach, so they came up with new, out-of-the-box plan. Keep Reading >>

January Book Fair Prepares Students for Spring Testing
Contributed by Dr. Ines M.L. Schmook, principal of Lake Orienta Elementary School, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Dr. Schmook - Lake Orienta Elementary Dr. Ines Schmook returns from winter break to face the pressures of annual spring testing for the 659 students at her Title 1 Central Florida school. So to help her achieve her goal of "success for every student," Ines kicks off the new year with a Book Fair.

Lake Orienta is a Grade A school based upon its students' results in the annual Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) testing. Ines credits the top score to a focus on literacy as a gateway to learning. And with literacy at the core of her educational focus, twice-yearly Book Fairs are part of Ines' plan to motivate children to read. Keep Reading >>
Booktalk: Make Literacy a Priority in New Year
January is always a time for resolutions. One we can all pledge to keep is continued reading engagement and practice for students of all ages and abilities. Here are some titles readers are sure to savor:

Booktalks Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi
Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi certainly knows something about practice and perseverance. This charming picture books helps kids understand and realize their dreams-that nothing is impossible!

A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
Abby is certain she'll never see her beloved pet Tam again, after the car crash that separated them. But animals can be as strong-willed as humans and Tam is determined to be reunited with her family.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Lies and deadly truths will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats in this extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action.

Copy and Share Resources
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Six Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension
Improving Fluency Skills
Integrating Reading into Everyday Life for Reluctant Readers
Resources to Boost your Knowledge, Skills, and Daily Work with Families
Calendar of Events & Important Dates
Mar 7 Creative Reading Solutions: Words are Only Half the Story - Free online virtual author visit
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