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   A Resource By and For Educators March 2014   
LinkedIn Forum Provides Exchange of News, Views, Tips

Unlocking the Secrets of Complex TextLinkedIn has evolved from a job search site to a place where like-minded peers can share industry news, best practices, and opinions. Author and Principal Rob Furman shares the inside scoop on one literacy-minded group, The Reader Leader Forum.

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Free Storia eReading App Helps Readers Connect with Books
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As educators look toward summer break, ongoing access to right-fit books for students can be as close as a pocket or backpack away. Storia® - a free, interactive eReading app available from Scholastic - provides students a portable digital library with features designed to engage readers and enhance comprehension.

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App Takes Guesswork out of Finding Right-Fit Books
Informational Texts: Facts and Myths Recent research shows parents are a key source of books for their kids. The challenge: identifying books that match both a child's reading level and interests. The revolutionary solution: now within reach.

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Become Book-Savvy Using Podcasts

Become Book Savvy Using Podcasts

Educators and parents can add another tool to their belts in the quest to help students find right-fit books: podcasts, brief audio clips designed to educate adults about titles at their upcoming Book Fairs so they can help students make informed decisions about books.

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New Literacies and the Common Core Unlocking the Secrets of Complex Text

The Common Core State Standards recognize that to thrive in the newly wired world, students need to master new ways of reading and writing. Author William Kist provides four strategies for language mastery in this article from Educational Leadership. © 2013 by ASCD. Reprinted with permission. Learn more about Educational Leadership at

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Take the 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge
20 for 20
Encourage your school community to participate in the 20 for 20 Family Reading Challenge, through which they can inspire their children, influence their behavior, and strengthen family bonds - all in just 20 minutes a day for 20 consecutive days.

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Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.
Download no-cost The Art of Read Every Day resources: a poster by illustrator Jeff Kinney; discussion guides (K-2, 3-5); a video interview and read-aloud by the author; and recommended reading.
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