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From Guided Reading to a Structured Literacy Approach: My Journey as an Educator

Kim Still shares her journey from guided reading to small group instruction with a structured literacy approach. This introduction launches a new blog series, "Structured Literacy: Unpacking 8 Key Questions for Transforming Reading Instruction and Outcomes for Readers."

Jul 20, 2021  |  By Kim Still
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Substitute Teaching and the Secret to Upending Inequities: A Roundabout Book Review of Substantial Classrooms

In this insightful review of Substantial Classrooms: Redesigning the Substitute Teaching Experience, Karen J. Pittman, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow at The Forum for Youth Investment, provides the perfect overview and entry point for understanding the premise of this remarkable book.

Jun 8, 2021
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SEL Essentials at Year’s End: Honoring the Learning of the 20–21 School Year

Learning has not been lost; it’s simply that different kinds of learning and growth have occurred. These non-traditional experiences matter. They are vital parts of the foundation of learning that students will bring with them once they return to physical school buildings. As educators, it will be up to us to resist a deficit mindset and instead to honor such experiences—and, most importantly, to help students build upon these foundations.

May 25, 2021  |  By Peter Brunn & Kristy Rauch
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SIPPS Teacher Spotlight: Donna Carrington-Shelley, Primary Support Teacher

Donna shares her one-year journey implementing the K–12 SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) program and reflects on what SIPPS has done for her as a practitioner and for her students in becoming confident, independent readers and learners.

May 12, 2021  |  By Rachel Solis
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Caring School Community Teacher Spotlight: Carrie Landheer, Oakland, CA

Collaborative Classroom is proud to spotlight Bay Area native and 4–5 combo teacher Carrie Landheer of the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, CA. In an interview with…

May 12, 2021  |  By Emily Cremidis
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District Spotlight: Laura Mendes of Springfield Public Schools, on Their Partnership with Collaborative Classroom

"The organization’s approach and stance with us has always been responsive and about keeping our students at the center of all we do and all the decisions we make."

Apr 30, 2021  |  By Peter Brunn
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