Reader Leader Dec 2013: Short on Time: A Gift from ASCD
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   A Resource By and For Educators December 2013   
Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Learn and Lead as a Principal?

Short on TimeThe ever-growing job description of a principal seems fit for a modern-day superhero who is able to build a cohesive school culture, promote academic achievement, foster professional growth, and encourage innovation. Author William Sterrett shares how administrators can experience profound success.

It's about time >>

Kiwanis Works to Create Havens for Families
Create Havens
Reading Oases - designated reading areas within schools where children and their families can gather - have become a haven among Title 1 students, many of whom lack access to books. Scholastic Book Fairs® is partnering with Kiwanis International to create family reading rooms as a community service.

'Even the name creates an interest that our students get excited about' >>

Educators Make Personalized Reading a Piece of PIE

Three Pennsylvania elementary educators have concocted a recipe for literacy that combines student choice, personalized instruction, introduction to a variety of genres, and opportunities to connect with students about books they're reading. The result has created a hunger for reading among students who devour their PIE - Personal Independent Enrichment - slice by slice. Piece of Pie
'Student choice is the piece that makes the program personal' >>

Kellogg's Program Gives Students
a Great Start and Great Stories

Students and parents at a Title 1 Texas elementary school received food for thought at a recent family engagement event: healthy snacks from event sponsors Kellogg's® and Walmart® and free books for every child. Families across the country are also redeeming codes on specially marked product boxes to receive free books.

Learn how your students can get free books >>

The Must-See Webcast Event of the Year!

For the first time ever, Diary of a Wimpy Kid author and illustrator Jeff Kinney and Captain Underpants author and illustrator Dav Pilkey join forces for a one-of-a-kind "Story Smashup"! They've started the story. Now let your third- through fifth-graders write the ending.

Learn more about the Kinney-Pilkey Mini Story Cliffhanger Writing Event of the Year >>

Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.
Download no-cost The Art of Read Every Day resources: a poster by illustrator Henry Cole; discussion guides (K-2, 3-5); a video interview and read-aloud by the author; and recommended reading.
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  Help young students build their vocabularies by describing their best season
  Give third-graders an edge in identifying parts of speech using this worksheet
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  Fun games that play with words
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Jan. 15   Encourage students to enter the Kinney-Pilkey Mini Story Cliffhanger Writing Event of the Year
Feb. 5   Save the date: Digital Learning Day
Feb. 5   Register now for the 2014 National Title I Conference
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  How teachers benefit from students writing in math class
  What Book Fairs mean to an administrator

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Fostering Grit: How Do I Prepare My Students for the Real World?
By Thomas R. Hoerr

Explore what teaching for grit looks like, and get a sample lesson plan with self-assessments and a six-step process applicable across grade levels and content areas to help students build skills they need.
  Digital Learning Strategies: How Do I Assign and Assess 21st Century Work?
By Michael Fisher

The author opens your thinking to new possibilities for teaching and engaging 21st-century students, including 10 examples of how digital tools can improve instructional practice.
  Self-Regulated Learning for Academic Success: How Do I Help Students Manage Their Thoughts, Behaviors, and Emotions?
By Carrie Germeroth and Crystal Day-Hess

Discover instructional strategies that teach students to plan their learning tactics, maintain focus, monitor their progress, and seek help when they need it.
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