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Russ Walsh
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The Third Annual National Give-A-Kid-A-Book Day
July 6, 2017 marks the 3rd annual National Give-a-Kid-a-Book Day. This day of book giving was initiated on this blog in 2015 as a way to get books into children's hands during the summer, a time when many young readers suffer "summer loss" because they fail...

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School Choice Opponents and the Status Quo
I was pleased when my recent post, School Choice: An Ugly Idea , attracted a Twitter response from choice advocate, Peter Cunningham. Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post and a former Assistant Secretary of Education under Arne Duncan. Edu...

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Military Vouchers: Choice Comes to Our Defense
Inspired by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and her school choice agenda, Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis has declared that we are doing away with our traditional army, navy and air force in favor of giving each and every American family a ...

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School Choice: An Ugly Idea
An ugly idea left unchallenged begins to turn the color of normal. - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Some Choices Are Just Ugly The quote above comes from an essay in The New York Times  titled Now is the Time to Talk about What We Are Actually Talking About . The...

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On Teaching Well: Five Lessons from Long Experience
Today I turned 70 years old. I have no idea how this happened. I was going along, struggling to do the best I could and then suddenly I woke up and this old guy was staring back at me from the mirror. Turning 70, though, has its advantages. One of those adv...

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Building a Better Pre-School: Finding the Right Balance
Two studies on building a better pre-school caught my eye this week. O n the front page of the Wednesday, May 31, 2017 New York Times , education reporter Dana Goldstein details the findings of a group of researchers out of the University of California, Ber...

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What Will We Do Without You, Jean Fritz?
Only when a book is written out of passion is there much hope  of its being read with passion. - Jean Fritz I read of the passing of children's author, Jean Fritz, in the New York Times this past week. Ms. Fritz was 101 years-old, yet she died too soon beca...

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Finding Time for Productive Vocabulary Play
Today I am pleased to present this guest post from Lesley Roessing, Director of the Coastal Savannah Writing Project and Senior Lecturer in the College of Education, Armstrong State University. Lesley is the author of No More "Us" and "Them": Classroom Less...

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Invented Spelling: Discovering How Words Work
I was excited when my niece Jennifer shared this wonderful piece of writing by her daughter, Callie. It reminded me of the joy I would take in my young students' developing understanding of how words work when I was in the classroom. Invented spelling is tr...

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An Onset-Rime Approach to Decoding for Struggling Readers
I had the pleasure of spending some time with a group of dedicated elementary teachers in New Jersey this past week. The focus was on using Running Records as a diagnostic tool. At the end of the presentation, I asked the teachers to each describe a student...
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