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Preparing for SIPPS: Instructional Considerations

Reflect on Practice Take a moment to reflect on your own practice with regard to teaching the SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words) program and consider…

Sep 24, 2020  |  By Gina Fugnitto
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Diversity in Children’s Literature: Checking our Blind Spots in 2020

“From the princesses to the dragons to the stories themselves, sometimes it seems like I have been looking at the same books for fifty years. The princess, curiously…

Sep 17, 2020  |  By Jennie McDonald
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I Just Learned I’ll Be Using AfterSchool KidzLit. Now What?

Congratulations! We are thrilled that you will build strong relationships with and among your students, foster deepened student thinking, and support students’ literacy development through this fun and…

Sep 14, 2020  |  By Ashley Kohn & Jolynn Bernard
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SEL Essentials: Prosocial Skills: Anchors in a Storm

I recently read a quote attributed to Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch watchmaker who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II: “In order to realize…

Sep 14, 2020  |  By Kristy Rauch & Peter Brunn
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Interview: Introducing Being a Reader, Second Edition

Valerie Fraser Collaborative Classroom is excited to announce the publication of Being a Reader, Second Edition, which will be available for the 2021–22 school year. With the launch…

Sep 9, 2020  |  By Valerie Fraser & Kelly Stuart
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SEL Essentials: We Need To Be Different: Supporting Students Who Are Dealing with Trauma

When I woke up on August 24, I checked Twitter like I normally do. I scrolled through my news feed and was immediately hit with the disturbing video…

Sep 3, 2020  |  By Peter Brunn & Kristy Rauch
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