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Making Meaning and IDR Educator Spotlight: April Barefoot, Albemarle County, Virginia

In this Teacher Spotlight, we are delighted to feature April Barefoot, a multi-age classroom teacher at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in Albemarle County, Virginia. April shares her experience moving away from the traditional use of whole-class texts and how providing her students with a selection of diverse high-interest books and giving them choice has created a classroom full of engaged learners.

Mar 8, 2022  |  By Elizabeth English
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School Leader Spotlight: Christie Graves, North Rose-Wolcott Elementary, New York

We’re honored to spotlight Christie Graves, the Assistant Principal at North Rose-Wolcott Elementary School in North Rose, NY. In this interview, she shares her experiences implementing Collaborative Literacy and SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words).

Apr 19, 2021  |  By Katy Cortelyou
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Making IDR Matter in a Virtual Setting

On a recent afternoon, a few colleagues and I actually had time to catch our breath after many weeks of adjusting to our ever-changing lives here at school.…

Dec 1, 2020  |  By Stacey Abeyta
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Word Study + IDR: The Coordination of Word-Learning Strategies and Independent Reading

Are you striving to provide students with word-learning strategies that will help them get unstuck when they encounter unknown words in a variety of texts?  Are you striving to prepare…

Feb 13, 2020  |  By Gina Fugnitto
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An Interview with Saadia Faruqi

If you haven’t heard of Saadia Faruqi yet, you will soon because she seems to be everywhere at once these days. Her popular early reader series Yasmin has…

Nov 18, 2019  |  By Jennie McDonald
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Stacey Abeyta’s Continued Reflection on IDR Conferences

I am always so appreciative of Stacey Abeyta! Stacey has taught and coached Collaborative Classroom programs for over 18 years. She is constantly reflecting on her practice and…

Nov 15, 2019  |  By Gina Fugnitto
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