Scholastic - Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. May 2012
Volume 6, Issue 10
Principal to Principal - Inspiring a Lifelong Love of Reading in All Children
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Spring 2012: 02/13/12, 04/02/12
Summer Reading: Available
Fall 2012: 09/10/12
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A Summer Reading Program for 69,000 Kids?
No Problem, Says Title 1 Program Director

Students Reading Dayren Carlisle has learned something important about registering her Texas district's 69,000 students for the Scholastic Summer Challenge: It's really not that hard.

With 52 kindergarten through eighth-grade campuses and 75 campuses total, the Aldine Independent School District has 75 Title 1 campuses in the Houston area serving about 69,000 students representing 17 different languages. Such statistics were not daunting for Dayren, the district's Title 1 program director.

Participants in the Scholastic Summer Challenge have a chance at winning a new classroom library, and the 20 schools with the most reading minutes will be featured in the 2013 Scholastic Book of World Records. But Dayren decided to take it even farther with a districtwide challenge. Keep Reading >>

Donalyn's Latest Book to Look at Lifelong
Readers in Natural Habitats

Donalyn Miller Donalyn Miller - accomplished teacher, author, blogger, and avid reader - has spent years applying the latest literacy research in her sixth-grade classroom in Keller, Texas. But now Donalyn is doing a little research of her own in preparation for her latest book, Reading in the Wild, for which she has been studying the habits of lifelong readers in the hopes of applying what she learns to students.

"We give a lot of lip service to the idea that we're creating lifelong readers in the classroom, but we aren't being intentional about it," says Donalyn, whose own students read 50 to 60 books a year each. "Where's the list of habits we're trying to create? How are we instilling them in kids?"

Donalyn Miller is the author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and writes The Book Whisperer blog for Education Week Teacher. Her articles about teaching reading and education policy have appeared in such publications as Educational Leadership and The Washington Post. To book a presentation with Donalyn, click here.

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Newbery Award Winner Curtis to Headline Reading Summits
Christopher Paul Curtis Famed children's author Christopher Paul Curtis, whose award-winning books echo his childhood in urban Michigan, will bring his literary expertise to the Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Educational Leaders.

Slated for both the June 12 summit in Atlanta and the June 14 summit in San Francisco, Christopher's latest novel, The Mighty Miss Malone, is a touching story of a gifted African American girl whose family moves to the author's hometown of Flint, Mich., during the Depression in hopes her father can find work.

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. Keep Reading >>

Education Leadership Magazine Features Summit Speakers
Interested in reading more about keynote speakers at the Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summits for Educational Leaders? The March 2012 edition of Education Leadership features two articles written by two keynote speakers: University of Tennessee professor and researcher Dr. Richard Allington, and educational author Pam Allyn. Check out Dr. Allington's article, "Every Child, Every Day," as well as Pam's article, "Taming the Wild Text." For more information about Education Leader magazine, click here. For a complete summit schedule or to register, click here.

Best in Tech 2012: Different Ways to Go Interactive
By Ken Royal, Scholastic Administrator magazine
There's no one right way for a school to go interactive. Follow our experts as they take you down different paths that lead to the same goal: engaged students, differentiation in the classroom, and access to unlimited resources.

Your return on investment is sure to be substantial. Our seven experts explain what tools they chose to maximize their schools' interactivity.
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Booktalk: Enjoy the Adventure!
Sensing an end-of-the year slump among your students? Wake up your elementary readers' adventurous spirits through these exciting reads:

The Trouble with Chickens
By Doreen Cronin

Judy Moody, Girl Detective
By Megan McDonald

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