Scholastic Adds Two New Offerings to Support Small Group Instruction in K-6 ELA Classrooms

Scholastic Adds Two New Offerings to Support Small Group Instruction in K-6 ELA Classrooms

Guided Reading Short Reads Engages Students through Complex Informational Texts and Academic Vocabulary; Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition Provides Schools with More than 5,000 Leveled Texts, Formative Assessments, and Digital Tools for Teachers

New York, NY — November 10, 2014— Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced the launch of Guided Reading Short Reads, a K-6 resource that deepens students’ comprehension of complex, short, informational texts, and Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition, an all-in-one resource featuring leveled texts, powerful assessments, and new technology tools that combine to create a unique whole-school shared reading resource for all K-6 students.
Guided Reading Short Reads and Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition both support small group differentiated instruction for grades K-6 and are the newest offerings in Scholastic’s comprehensive suite of reading and writing programs for ELA classrooms, which includes the Guided Reading programs, Traits Writing™, Classroom Magazines, nonfiction collections and text sets, theme-based classroom libraries, and more.
Guided Reading Short Reads:
Guided Reading Short Reads provides students with the opportunity to develop their ability to read and understand challenging informational texts while encouraging a love of reading. Guided Reading Short Reads fits seamlessly into existing K-6 guided reading groups and gives students the practice they need to decode and comprehend complex texts.

Included in the program are Student Informational Text Cards which offer short, complex passages that are thematically linked to Guided Reading Nonfiction 2nd Edition. With a wide range of subjects and text types, Guided Reading Short Reads exposes students to a variety of academic and domain-specific vocabulary and critical science and social studies content. For teachers, Guided Reading Short Reads includes a Teacher’s Guide that provides instructional support and strategies to help students deepen their understanding of increasingly complex texts.

Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition:
Scholastic’s new Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition for grades K-6 is a comprehensive package of 5,400 leveled texts across a wide range of text types and genres, featuring, new digital resources, and research-based instruction that can enrich teacher skills and prepare students for real-world reading.
Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition offers multiple copies of 6-book sets of authentic leveled texts for small-group instruction, teaching cards for every title, Next Step Guided Reading Assessment kits from Guided Reading practitioners Jan Richardson and Maria Walther, new digital tools like the Text Set Finder, allowing teachers to create custom text-sets based on theme, genre, text type, and author, and a new Implementation Guide that provides support at every step for effective differentiated instruction. Thoughtfully redesigned from previous editions, Leveled Bookroom 3rd Edition is available with a wide range of customizable options that include convenient and sturdy bookshelves and bins with customized labeling options.

“Scholastic has a long history of providing programs and resources that empower elementary school and language arts teachers, and give students the tools they need to become lifelong readers and writers while opening up a world of interests,” said Francie Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer for Scholastic. “Guided Reading Short Reads and our unique Leveled Bookroom provide students with authentic fiction and informational texts to build knowledge and academic vocabulary, preparing them for rigorous standards, college, careers and life.”

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10 ways to use social media to pass bond issues

School leaders share social media strategies that successfully support district efforts

social-mediaAs the fight to get voter approval for bonds becomes more challenging, school district leaders and their supporters are tapping into Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media to win their campaigns.

“Schools that don’t use social media are missing out on one of the most effective forms of communication to large audiences and stakeholders,” said Rick Kaufman, executive director of community relations and emergency management for Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota.

Social media campaigns have become especially important as more district leaders face tight budgets and a voter base reluctant to pay more taxes to finance repairs and new equipment–even as buildings age, technology grows obsolete, and other expenses mount.

Pattonville School District, in St. Ann, Mo., launched its Facebook page in July 2013, just a few months before its Prop P tax levy went before voters. Prior to that, the district’s only social media presence was a Twitter account with about 140 followers.

“We knew social media could play an important role in spreading accurate, factual information among parents and staff,” said Mickey Schoonover, director of school-community relations for the district.

(Next page: School leaders share their social media strategies)


App of the Week: Build strong test-taking skills

app-testingApp name: Test Precision

What is it? Test Precision is an eLearning platform for college admission test (SAT & ACT) preparation.

Best for: Students taking college admissions tests

Price: Free

Requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up

Features: Rather than spitting out a series of questions, the technology platform assesses the student’s individual strengths and weaknesses to create highly personalized curriculum that actually focuses on improving their scores.

Not sure whether to take the SAT or ACT? The platform simultaneously predicts the student’s performance on both the SAT and ACT, so the student can make intelligent choices about which test to sign up for.

Test Precision was created by academicians and PhDs from Stanford and MIT and its content is curated by the foremost authorities on SAT and ACT testing.

Link: iTunes; Google Play


6 STEM and research grant opportunities

School grants offer much-needed financial help for schools

grants-fundingSchool funding challenges show no sign of abating, and budgets remain stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students.

Each month, eSchool News compiles a list of the most current education grants expiring soon. This month’s grants are all relevant to research and STEM teaching and learning.

You don’t want to miss out on these funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

(Next page: November’s funding opportunities)


4 communication, curation tools for Common Core success

Educators can use these free tools to support Common Core efforts

common-coreEducators throughout our state, nation, and world are always trying to save time and get better resources in order to provide the best available for their students. There are so many resources available, what’s an over-scheduled educator to do?

Thankfully, more and more excellent curation websites and tools are becoming known to—or created specifically for—teachers and administrators. Within California, we’re fully immersed in Common Core implementation and with the new influx of devices to our schools, it’s more important than ever to focus first on the learning goals of Common Core and discover what technology is best suited for the learning goals proscribed.

With that in mind, there is an overview of some of the movers and shakers of collaboration and curation—making sure teachers can access what they need, when they need it, for free and from the most reliable sources (hint: those reliable sources? Yeah—it’s you!).

(Next page: 4 Common Core tools educators should check out)


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts.

Deadline: Nov. 20, 2014