We know how hard you work all year. To reward your efforts, teachers get a 25% discount on books and a 50% discount on teaching resources every day. During Teacher Appreciation Week (8/19–8/25), you can save even more. Whether you're outfitting your first classroom or sharpening your skills, The Scholastic Store in Soho is the perfect place for back-to-school shopping.
During Teacher Appreciation Week, you're also invited to attend any of our FREE Educator Workshops. Leading experts on the Common Core, including Phyllis Hunter, Ruth Culham, and David and Meredith Liben, will offer insights about raising the achievement bar for all students. The Educator Workshops at Scholastic's World Headquarters in New York City will fill up fast, so RSVP TODAY!
|Helping All Children Become Successful Readers||Phyllis C. Hunter||Mon., 8/19, 10 a.m.||Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: It's not complicated! Today's teachers are the most important component of a thriving classroom. I will discuss 12 pivotal practices that encourage proficient reading. I will also share strategies that will help improve outcomes for all students, with an emphasis on students of color. Implementing the Common Core State Standards, providing instructional intervention tools, and preparing students for assessments and college and career readiness are challenges we can and must address. Our students are depending on us!
Phyllis C. Hunter is one of the most renowned literacy experts in the United States. Her proclamation that "Reading is the new civil right!" has been repeated far and wide. As president of Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting Inc., Phyllis has advised educational stakeholders and provided professional learning services throughout the country. Phyllis is the author of It's Not Complicated! What I Know for Sure About Helping Our Students of Color Become Successful Readers; The Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Libraries; and The Phyllis C. Hunter STRETCH™ Collections. A former teacher, principal, and speech and language therapist, Phyllis has served on the board of several national literacy organizations.
|Close Reading and Text Pairings||David & Meredith Liben||Mon., 8/19, 1 p.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: When students pay careful attention to what they read, magic happens. You will gain a new understanding of how close reading and the imaginative pairing of texts can enliven classroom instruction and help students acquire vocabulary, make new connections, and strengthen reading skills.
David Liben is the Senior Content Specialist of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners (SAP). He has taught elementary, middle and high school students, as well as community college and teacher preparation courses.
Meredith Liben is the Director of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at SAP. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through graduate school. Meredith and David helped found two innovative model schools in New York City.
|The Foundations of Reading Success||Francie Alexander||Tue., 8/20, 10 a.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: The ABCs aren't easy to learn or to teach, but there's an art and a science to ensuring that children master the sounds and letters necessary to read words, sentences, stories and ultimately "read the world."
Francie Alexander is the Senior Vice President of Scholastic Education and Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic Inc. A distinguished thought leader and author in educational research and policy, Francie oversees the Scholastic Education research and evaluation team, ensuring the qualitative validation of all of the company’s educational products and programs. She has served on several national literacy advisory boards and was formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education.
|Creativity in the Common Core Classroom||Andrea Davis Pinkney &
|Tue., 8/20, 1 p.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: We will explore how complex texts and illustrations work together to bring fun, creativity, and inspiration to the Common Core classroom.
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are a New York Times bestselling couple who have made outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature, both as individuals and as an author/artist team. Between them, they have published more than 50 children’s books, a rich treasury of words and images reflecting a wide range of experiences. Children’s Health magazine named Andrea and Brian among the “25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives.” Their books have won several Caldecott Medals, Coretta Scott King Awards, and other prestigious honors.
|Inquiry-Based Reading and Writing Instruction||Maria Walther||Wed., 8/21, 10 a.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: With the Common Core English Language Arts Standards guiding your way, learn how to transform your classroom into an inquiry-based learning community. I will share multi-level literacy lessons designed to expand students' understanding of complex texts, improve readers' application of comprehension strategies, and foster their enjoyment of the written word.
Dr. Maria Walther, who earned her doctorate in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, has taught first grade since 1986. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires other educators by sharing her knowledge through customized professional learning programs. The ideas she shares reflect her continued commitment to teaching, researching, writing, and collaborating with her colleagues. Maria was honored as the Illinois Reading Educator of the Year and won the Gene Cramer ICARE for Reading Award for fostering a love of reading in children. She has co-authored five professional books for Scholastic.
|How to Choose and Teach Great Nonfiction||Lauren Tarshis||Wed., 8/21, 1 p.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: Facing failure—and knowing how to rebound from it—are essential to future success (think Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and gymnast Gabby Douglas). In the Common Core era, mastering complex texts will be a challenge for many students. I'll give you tips on choosing nonfiction that will engage your students and help you create a classroom environment that builds resilience by framing setbacks and failure as necessary steps on the path to proficiency.
Lauren Tarshis writes the I Survived series, a wildly popular collection of historical fiction for young readers. The books tell the stories of iconic events through the eyes of fictional characters whose hope and resilience enable them to survive, and even thrive, as they encounter epic challenges. The series has sold 4 million copies to date. When Lauren is not traveling through history, she keeps busy as Group Editorial Director of Language Arts for Scholastic’s Classroom Magazines. Lauren is also the editor of Storyworks magazine, an award-winning multi-genre print and digital resource for students in grades 3–6 that features creative nonfiction, informational texts, fiction, drama, poetry, video and other genres, all calibrated to the demands of the new Common Core State Standards.
|Building Knowledge and Vocabulary Through Read-Aloud
|Souzanne Wright||Wed., 8/21, 1 p.m.||Scholastic Education
Description: If you're seeking an integrated approach to English Language Arts instruction, come learn about Knowledge Quest!™ This brand-new program offers engaging read-aloud collections with curated fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as interdisciplinary activities that target Common Core skills.
Souzanne Wright is a teacher, writer, and curriculum developer. In 2012, she joined Scholastic Book Clubs as Vice President of Program Development Strategy and Project Director of Knowledge Quest! Prior to joining Scholastic, Souzanne worked on numerous language arts and curriculum development publications. She was a key contributor to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts on the coherent and systematic building of knowledge within and across grade levels. A graduate of Emory University, Souzanne holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
|MATH DAY: Fostering a Growth Mindset in Struggling Students||David Dockterman||Thu., 8/22, 10 a.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: For too many students, the struggle with math leads to resignation and a feeling that they just can't do it. I’ll give you practical, research-based guidance on building a growth mindset—resilience, perseverance, and grit—in those students who need it most.
Dr. David Dockterman is a nationally recognized pioneer in the development and implementation of technology for classroom instruction. A former teacher, David helped found Tom Snyder Productions in 1982 while earning his Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. At Tom Snyder, and later at Scholastic, David designed dozens of award-winning computer programs, including Science Court and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, he served as a key advisor for the development of Scholastic’s MATH 180™, a revolutionary math intervention program designed for the Common Core. A frequent speaker at education conferences, David is an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where his innovation, technology, and instructional design courses draw students from around the world.
|MATH DAY: Differentiation and Discussion in the Math Classroom||Linda Dacey &
|Thu., 8/22, 1 p.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: Enhancing teachers’ ability to differentiate instruction and support classroom discussions in Math will help raise achievement for all students. We will offer classroom-tested strategies and present videos demonstrating successful instruction in K–5 classrooms.
Dr. Nancy Anderson has taught mathematics to students in grades K–8. Her publications include Classroom Discussions in Math: A Teacher’s Guide for Using Talk Moves to Support the Common Core and More, and Good Questions for Math Teaching: Why Ask Them and What to Ask. Nancy, who earned an Ed.D. in mathematics education from Boston University in 2012, has also worked as an instructor for pre-service teachers and as a consultant for Math Solutions.
Dr. Linda Dacey is a Professor of Education and Mathematics at Lesley University. She is also the co-author of numerous student texts and professional learning books for mathematics. Four of her books focus on differentiated instruction, including her latest, How to Differentiate Your Math Instruction: Lessons, Ideas, and Videos with Common Core Support. A frequent speaker at educational events, Linda enjoys opportunities to interact with teachers and curriculum leaders. She began her career teaching at the elementary level and continues to spend time in the classroom. She was recently inducted into the Massachusetts Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame.
|MATH DAY: Teaching Number Traits With Harry Potter||Bob Krech||Thu., 8/22, 1 p.m.||Scholastic Education
Description: Looking for creative Math projects? Learn how students in grades K–12 can research a number in terms of its mathematical and social/historical characteristics. Teach them to become experts on that number and create a poster or give an oral presentation that they can share with the rest of the class.
Bob Krech has been a teacher, principal, supervisor, and curriculum specialist in schools in New Jersey, Scotland, and Saudi Arabia. He was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the National Science Foundation and the White House. Bob has written 25 books for teachers, parents, and students on making math fun and interesting, as well as two award-winning children’s books, Rebound and Love Puppies and Corner Kicks.
|Change Ahead: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era||Ruth Culham||Fri., 8/23, 10 a.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: The challenge: adapting best practices for teaching writing in the Common Core State Standards era. The solution: understanding and applying the 4Ws: writing process, writing traits, writing modes, and writing workshop.
Dr. Ruth Culham is the recognized expert in the traits of writing field and the author of more than 40 professional books and resources for Scholastic. As the author of Traits Writing: The Complete Writing Program for Grades K–8, she has launched a writing revolution. Traits Writing is the culmination of 40 years of educational experience, research, practice, and passion.
|Great Apps for the Common Core Classroom||Christy Crawford||Fri., 8/23, 1 p.m.||The Scholastic Auditorium|
Description: Check out must-have apps to make your workload more manageable, your students smarter (and happier), and YOU master of the Common Core K–5 classroom!
Christy Crawford is a teacher, an educational consultant, and a contributor to Scholastic's Top Teaching blog. She was featured in Microsoft's "Making Education Great" Campaign and was awarded $10,000 for her students' "Change the World" movies—films that tell adults what kids really want to say. Prior to teaching, Christy was an award winning broadcast journalist and associate producer. In 2010, she launched "Day of Play", educational workshops that allow teachers and parents the time, freedom and resources to explore classroom technology.
|Closing the Achievement Gap Before It Begins||Rachel Stack||Fri., 8/23, 1 p.m.||Scholastic Education
Description: Mastery of foundational reading skills—including phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding and fluency—is essential to proficiency in reading and writing. I’ll help you ensure that instruction and practice in the Foundational Skills in your classroom are personalized, systematic, and accountable.
Rachel Stack began her career in education 16 years ago as a third grade teacher at the Family Academy in Harlem. After three years of teaching elementary school, Rachel taught English Language Arts and developed curricula in middle and high school, focusing on textual analysis and close reading. Rachel, who joined Scholastic six years ago, leads a team of instructional designers and editors who are dedicated to creating stimulating and rich content that engages and empowers students and teachers. She helped develop READ 180® Next Generation, System 44® Next Generation, iRead™ and Common Core Code X™.
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