March 31, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Now available from Stenhouse: Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning
2.  See you at NCSM and NCTM
3.  PD Corner: Summarizing

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1) Now available from Stenhouse: Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning
Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, by Doug Buehl Doug Buehl's bestselling Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, formerly published by ILA, is now available from Stenhouse.

The fully updated fourth edition delivers rich, practical, research-based strategies that readers have found invaluable in the context of today's secondary classrooms. Doug has written all-new chapters that focus on the instructional shifts taking place as the Common Core State Standards are implemented across the United States.

At the heart of the book are more than forty classroom strategies, with variations and strategy indexes that identify the instructional focus of each strategy, pinpoint the text frames in play as students read and learn, and correlate students' comprehension processes across the phases of strategy implementation. In addition, each strategy is cross-referenced with the Common Core's reading, writing, speaking/listening, and language standards.

Preview the entire book online now:

Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning
Fourth Edition
Doug Buehl
Grades 6-12 • 272 pages • $32.95
Copublished with the International Literacy Association (ILA)


2) See you at NCSM and NCTM
Stenhouse exhibit booth We are looking forward to seeing you at this year's NCSM and NCTM conferences in San Antonio!

At NCSM we will be exhibiting our books at booth #404.

At NCTM you can find us at booth #1325. Stop by to meet our authors:

Thursday, April 6th
9:30-10: Anne Collins
10-10:30: Lucy West
11:30-Noon: Chris Moynihan
12:30-1: Mike Flynn
1-1:30: Jessica Shumway
1:30-2: Nancy Anderson
3-3:30: Christopher Danielson

Friday, April 7th
10-10:30: Chris Confer
11-11:30: Kassia Omohundro Wedekind
3-3:30: Tracy Zager

At both conferences you can browse and purchase our latest titles, pick up our free tote bag, and enter for a chance to win $1,000 in Stenhouse titles. Download a full schedule of Stenhouse authors presenting at both NCSM and NCTM:


3) PD Corner: Summarizing
The ability to write summaries is an often overlooked and underrated skill. They are hard to fake, and they give a quick, formative assessment of what students understand (and what they are missing in their initial reading).
—Kelly Gallagher, In the Best Interest of Students

Take summarizing to new heights with the YouTube hit, "Somebody Wanted But So Then (What?)." Upbeat and electric, Jake Scott's song capturing the powerful summary strategy will surely stick in students' minds:

Add to students' toolboxes by varying summary strategies. From 3‑2‑1 to last words and learning frames, find nine strategies from the team at US Digital Literacy. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out digital tools for summarizing, too:

What do student-written book recommendations say about their summary skills or comprehension? That's one way Lee Ann Spillane assesses student readers in her room. Students use the Booktalk Padlet to share titles—a digital win-win for readers and lesson planning. See what Lee Ann's students are recommending:

Making the Most of Small Groups, by Debbie Diller Adapt the small-group comprehension lessons Debbie Diller describes in Chapter 4 of Making the Most of Small Groups:
(Scroll down to the Table of Contents for the Chapter 4 link.)

And download Appendix C to get helpful prompts and sample whole-group lessons for teaching comprehension:


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Contributing writer: Lee Ann Spillane

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