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Today, schools and districts face increased pressure to show positive results. From teacher evaluations to rising standards, achieving objectives is more challenging than ever.

Educators need the right professional development partner to help create the highest quality instruction for students. With over 95 years of real-world classroom experience, Scholastic Professional has the complete ecosystem of services, books, and curricular resources for a school’s or district’s needs.

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Scholastic Professional Services

Our team of Professional Learning and Literacy Specialists help initiate, develop, and sustain every facet of your professional learning.

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Professional Development

Our consultants are educators and education leaders who bring a deep knowledge of the theory and practice needed to elevate instruction and deepen professional understandings.

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Scholastic Literacy Consultants provide individualized support and focused strategies side-by-side in the classroom to help teachers build confidence and experience success.

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Courses And Institutes

Scholastic Professional Learning Courses and Institutes offer focused learning experiences to enhance understanding of research-based instructional strategies and topics.

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Choosing Scholastic’s programs is only the beginning. We’ll work with you to implement instruction thoughtfully and assess student progress. We’ll utilize points from your student data to give you meaningful, actionable feedback that instructs and inspires.

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Students benefit when all the adults in their lives come together to form a collaborative circle of care around them. We work with you to craft the resources, strategies, and practices for physical, social, emotional, and intellectual assistance that your students need.

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Our customized approach for leadership development includes coaching, principal training, and our Leadership Academy – all delivered at districts or schools. We’ll review how curriculum, data, and culture align to your literacy achievement goals.

We can provide the books, instructional programs, and professional learning services that support and honor educators as professionals, support families as their children’s best learning partners, and ignite a love of reading, writing, and learning in all students.”

Greg Worrell

President, Scholastic Education

Authors Supporting Teachers

Scholastic Professional is known for must-own titles from leading author-experts committed to helping all teachers fulfill their professional learning needs as well as students achieving their academic goals.

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Pam Allyn

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Pam Allyn is the Executive Director and founder of LitWorld and LitLife. Ms. Allyn is widely known as a motivational speaker advocating for reading and writing as human rights that belong to all people.

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Every Child a Super Reader

7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible
Literacy change agents Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell show educators how to help students develop 7 key strengths to become self-reliant “super readers”: Belonging, Curiosity, Kindness, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope. Includes reading/writing lesson ideas for each strength, as well as ways to meet speaking and listening standards. Embedded videos show ways to cultivate each strength. Supports the Lit Camps curriculum.

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Kylene Beers

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Kylene Beers, Ed.D., is an award-winning educator and author. She has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education. Kylene works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policy makers understand how to best help struggling readers.

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Disrupting Thinking

Why How We Read Matters

According to master teachers, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, if teachers want reading to have the potential to change students' thinking, giving them more information about a subject, perhaps a new perspective; thus enabling them to disrupt and reshape their assumption and beliefs-then teachers must encourage students to interact with the text and with one another even before they begin to read; in short, they we must turn the thinking over to them. This book includes strategies for:

  • Creating engagement
  • Encouraging thoughtfulness
  • Solving confusions

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Ruth Culham

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Dr. Ruth Culham, Ed.D., is the recognized expert in the teaching writing field, and has published more than 40 best-selling professional books and resources on the traits of writing and teaching writing using reading as a springboard to success. Her practical yet motivational ideas for teaching writing make her a favorite among teachers.

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Trait Crate Plus

Bring literature to life in the writing classroom

With six all-new mentor texts per grade and 24 ready-to-teach lessons, Ruth Culham’s Trait Crate Plus expands and enriches the reading-and-writing experience.

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Nell K. Duke

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Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., is a professor of literacy, language, and culture and a faculty affiliate in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Duke’s award-winning research focuses on early literacy development.

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Inside Information

Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text Through Project-Based Instruction
In her new professional book, Duke explains the benefits of project-based instruction and provides a blueprint for developing units from start to finish. (Included in Information In Action and sold separately.)

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Douglas Fisher

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College.

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Scaffolded Writing Instruction

Fisher and Nancy Frey share six research-based strategies that support every developing writer. They present each strategy within a scaffolded framework of lessons that begin with teacher-directed instruction and support students as they learn to use the strategy independently. The result? Students achieve stamina, fluency, and confidence as writers—and require less teacher guidance. Fisher and Frey communicate their approach through examples of exemplary classrooms.

Robert L. Green

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Robert L. Green, Ph.D, is the Dean and Professor Emeritus, Urban Affairs Programs, Michigan State University. From 1965–1967, Dr. Green worked for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the education director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and is an expert on education, urban development, and issues related to diversity. He received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Association of Black Psychologists and the “Living Legends” Award from the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

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Expect the Most, Provide the Best

Green draws on research and his own extensive work experience to present a convincing case for the pivotal role of high expectations in student achievement. Students are most likely to succeed when administrators, teachers, mentors, and parents communicate that they expect stellar results, and provide the necessary instructional support.

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Stephanie Harvey

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Stephanie Harvey is the president of Stephanie Harvey Consulting. Mrs. Harvey works with educators, schools, and districts to implement progressive literacy practices. She is a regular presenter at literacy conferences around the country.

From Striving to Thriving

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Linda Hoyt

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Linda Hoyt has had a rich array of experiences in education ranging from classroom teaching to working as a reading specialist, curriculum developer, Title I teacher, staff developer, and Title I District Coordinator. Her energetic presentation style and practical strategies have made her one of the most requested literacy speakers in the U.S.

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Conventions and Craft,
Grades K-5

Ready-to-Use Lessons for Modeled, Guided, and Independent Editing
A Full Year of Literature-Based Micro-Workshops to Build Essential Understandings for Grammar, Sentence Structure & Word Study.

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Phyllis C. Hunter

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Phyllis C. Hunter is a nationally renowned literacy expert. Mrs. Hunter has also served as a teacher, principal, and district administrator.

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It’s Not Complicated!

What I Know for Sure About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers
This essential resource showcases renowned educator Phyllis Hunter’s pivotal guidance for administrators, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens about how best to serve the literacy needs of students of color. Hunter addresses twelve pivotal understandings and practices that encourage successful reading—from reading comprehension to response to intervention to oral language development and family involvement—that every educator who works with a diverse student population should understand. As Ms. Hunter maintains, “Reading is a civil right.”

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Lester Laminack

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Lester Laminack, Ed.D., is a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the U.S. Dr. Laminack is an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource

Teaching the Art of Writing
Making Every Moment Intentional and Instructional With "Best Friend Books" In this book, award-winning children’s author and acclaimed educator Lester L. Laminack provides guidelines, lessons, and resources for making every read-aloud experience intentional and instructional. Central to Laminack’s message is his breakthrough thinking about the value and importance of “Best Friend Books” – a small, carefully curated collection that you turn to repeatedly for specific teaching purposes.

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Karen L. Mapp

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Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., is the senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and coauthor of the U.S. DOE Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships.

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Scholastic Literacy Events Reading & Writing Connection

Literacy Events is Scholastic’s innovative approach to promoting family engagement, an important component in early education that builds capacity, creates a shared responsibility for educational success, provides tools and confidence, and gives educational leaders the capabilities to develop strong home, school, and community partnerships. A key feature of effective family engagement programs is that they are linked to learning. Each kit includes literacy-rich activities that provide caregivers with a variety of strategies and tools they can use to nurture and strengthen their child’s love of reading.

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Ernest Morrell

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Dr. Ernest Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ernest is also past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

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Every Child a Super Reader

7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible
Literacy change agents Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell show educators how to help students develop 7 key strengths to become self-reliant “super readers”: Belonging, Curiosity, Kindness, Friendship, Confidence, Courage, and Hope. Includes reading/writing lesson ideas for each strength, as well as ways to meet speaking and listening standards. Embedded videos show ways to cultivate each strength. Supports the Lit Camps curriculum.

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Robert Probst

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Robert Probst, Ed.D., is an author and consultant to schools nationally and internationally. He speaks to administrators and teachers on literacy improvement, particularly issues surrounding struggling readers and meeting standards.

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Disrupting Thinking
Why How We Read Matters

According to master teachers, Kylene Beers and Bob Probst, if teachers want reading to have the potential to change students' thinking, giving them more information about a subject, perhaps a new perspective; thus enabling them to disrupt and reshape their assumption and beliefs-then teachers must encourage students to interact with the text and with one another even before they begin to read; in short, they we must turn the thinking over to them. This book includes strategies for:

  • Creating engagement
  • Encouraging thoughtfulness
  • Solving confusions

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Timothy V. Rasinski

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Timothy V. Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written more than 150 articles and has authored, coauthored or edited more than 15 books or curriculum programs on reading education.

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The Fluent Reader, 2nd Edition

Oral & Silent Reading Strategies for Building Fluency, Word Recognition & Comprehension
This groundbreaking book has been updated to include coverage of the latest research on fluency, teaching strategies based on that research, new classroom vignettes, and suggestions for using a variety of texts to teach fluency, including poetry, speeches, and monologues and dialogues. Includes a DVD showing the strategies in action.

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Jan Richardson

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Jan Richardson, Ph.D., is an educational consultant who has trained thousands of teachers and provided classroom demonstrations on guided reading. Dr. Richardson is the best-selling author of The Next Step in Guided Reading and coauthor of Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.

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Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

This lean, smart assessment kit provides teachers with the tools they need to quickly pinpoint students’ guided reading levels and focus their reading instruction on each student’s learning goals right from the start. The classroom-tested framework offers clear suggestions about how to form guided reading groups, plan and teach effective lessons, and move students into more challenging texts.

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Laura Robb

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Laura Robb is a master teacher, consultant, and sought-after speaker. She taught grades 4–8 for 43 years and currently coaches grades K–10 teachers. The author of many best-selling books for teachers, she has also developed several classroom libraries for Scholastic.

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Unlocking Complex Texts

A Systematic Framework for Building Adolescents' Comprehension
Give students the tools they need to tackle complex texts with these research-based, classroom-tested lessons. The three-part system scaffolds students as they learn how to preview a text to build background knowledge, use a concept map to expand vocabulary, identify key details and make logical inferences, and more!

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Alfred W. Tatum

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Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education and Director of the UIC Reading Clinic, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tatum has authored over 60 publications, including Fearless Voices.

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Fearless Voices

Engaging a New Generation of African American Adolescent Male Writers
Tatum addresses the power of writing to connect young people with the deeper meaning in their own lives as they put their voices on record, exploring, in particular, writing as a tool to navigate lives in “communities of turmoil” and build positive relationships. Additionally, he explores the power of writing to help students construct meaning as readers as they explore the enabling literary works of their textual lineages. The book also addresses the practical implications of supporting students as writers and, to that end, targets teachers as writers!

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Maria Walther

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Maria Walther, Ed.D., is a first-grade teacher in the Chicago area and an expert in early literacy. She is the author of four professional books, including Teaching Struggling Readers With Poetry, and the coauthor of Next Step Guided Reading Assessment.

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Next Step Guided Reading Assessment

This lean, smart assessment kit provides teachers with the tools they need to quickly pinpoint students’ guided reading levels and focus their reading instruction on each student’s learning goals right from the start. The classroom-tested framework offers clear suggestions about how to form guided reading groups, plan and teach effective lessons, and move students into more challenging texts.

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Jeffrey Wilhelm

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Jeffrey Wilhelm, Ph.D., taught middle and high school English, reading, and language arts for 13 years. He is a professor of English Education at Boise State University in Idaho and founding director of the Boise State Writing Project.

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Reading Unbound

Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them
This book provides an in-depth exploration of the nature of pleasure avid adolescent readers experience through their out-of-school reading, and identifies the genres teen readers most enjoy. The authors explore what we can learn from teens’ pleasure reading and the implications for instruction in this era of Common Core State Standards.

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Case Study

Download the case study and find out how Scholastic helped a school district implement an effective literacy block.

Case Study

What is great about Scholastic is it walks the talk. We’re able to go into schools and see a more complete literacy block being implemented. Scholastic helped get us there.”

Laura Munro

Former Executive Director of the Jeffco Department of Diverse Learners