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   A Resource By and For Educators March 2013   
It's All in the Plan - A Year-Round One, That Is

Two students dressed as Cleopatra and Galileo give a nonfiction booktalk in front of Principal Rob Furman.
We all know author and Principal Rob Furman as a geek, and he is. He's a geek for learning. When he sees $12,000 in Book Fair sales - thanks in part to an Ugly Man contest - he sees more kids reading more to the tune of 15,562 books last fall alone. A successful Fair is a critical component of Rob's year-round literacy plan.

Try Rob's tips in making the most of your summer reading Book Fair >>

Powerful Practices
Powerful Practices Set Students Up for Summer Reading Success
Partnerships with public libraries, book swaps, summer book clubs, and family engagement ideas are a few of the best practices Donalyn Miller and Alyson Beecher share from their vast experience with driving summer reading.

Try these proven ways to engage families and keep students reading over the summer >>
New Report Issues Warning Cry about Trends in Student Reading
Login 4 LeadersWith summer just around the corner, the newly released Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™ - a biannual study of children's and parents' attitudes and behaviors about reading - sounds a warning cry to educators and parents alike about concerning trends in reading frequency, reading enjoyment, and reading for fun.

How you can get your students to read this summer >>

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Login 4 Leaders Sharing What Moves You
Some people think technology isolates. Not me. I believe technology unites. One way it unites is by creating worldwide communities through which we can explore and share interests. Another way it unites is through streamlined communication within our much smaller worlds. Communication binds communities.

Try these recommended apps for reaching reluctant readers and connecting with your faculty >>

Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.
The percentage of parents who say their child does not spend enough time reading for fun has increased since 2010 across all age groups of children.

Read more about the latest findings in the Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report.

Copy and Share Resources
 Download the no-cost Scholastic Reading Timer app
 Share these tips with parents about how they can make reading a habit at home
 Ten things you need to know about how the Common Core State Standards will affect English Language Arts in your classroom
 Information texts = boring? Common Core fact vs. fiction
 James Patterson's turns reluctant readers into voracious readers
 A glossary of Common Core terminology
 Sixty-seven books every book geek should read to his child before age 10
 No-cost printables perfect for first- and second-graders
 Download these printables arranged by subject for third- to fifth-graders
 Find books that can be used as mentor texts to promote literacy
Now   Sign up to participate in the Harry Potter Book Club
Mar 4 -
May 9
  Pledge your love of reading and get a chance to win at 10-book library for you and your school!
Apr 8   Classroom registration opens for Read for the World Record!
April   Celebrate National Poetry Month with no-cost workshops, writing prompts, and videos
May 6   Time to start entering minutes for Read for the World Record!
June 25
  Plan to attend a 2013 Scholastic Book Fairs Reading Summit for Educational Leaders near you
Now-June   Set and achieve reading goals for your students through READ 100,000
July 10   Join James Patterson at the 2013 NAESP Conference Jeans and Jerseys Fundraiser
July 11-13   Sign up now for the 2013 NAESP National Conference and Expo of the Year
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 Login 4 Leaders contributor Rob Furman named among NSBA Technology Leadership Network's '20 to Watch' leaders advancing education technology
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 Why reading aloud is the key to literacy
 Five tips to help parents support the Common Core at home
 Principals tackle tough issues at NAESP's National Leaders Conference
 Accidental teacher Salmon Khan calls for radically transforming our schools
 Weigh in: Administrators nationwide give advice on thorny issues
 Scholastic products to help with the transition to the Common Core State Standards
 Are you up for Alyson Beecher's 2013 Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge?
 Find recommended titles and other resources from Donalyn Miller
 Take advantage of resources available through the NAESP
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