July 25, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Set the stage for independent reading
2.  Just in time for back-to-school: 3 online learning options
3.  Rethinking first-day writing to better engage kids
4.  Catch up on the Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute

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1) Set the stage for independent reading
Powerful Book Introductions, by Fay, Moritz, and Whaley No matter what level of experience you have with book introductions, your knowledge will spiral upwards as you read this text.
—Pat Johnson

In Powerful Book Introductions, literacy leaders Kathleen Fay, Chrisie Moritz, and Suzanne Whaley take a close look at purposefully planning for effective book introductions that set the stage for young readers to navigate texts independently and successfully.

Through relatable classroom examples and the wisdom of their shared teaching experiences, the authors show you how to select texts, amplify meaning making, and introduce visual and structural information as a way to support your readers.

No matter where you are in your understanding of guided reading, Powerful Book Introductions will help you as you to craft student-centered, meaning-driven book introductions that prepare your readers for success.

Preorder now; copies will start shipping in mid-August. Preview the entire book:

Powerful Book Introductions
Leading with Meaning for Deeper Thinking
Kathleen Fay, Chrisie Moritz, and Suzanne Whaley
Foreword by Pat Johnson
Grades K-3 • 200 pp • $23.00 • Available mid-August


2) Just in time for back-to-school: 3 online learning options
Build Math Minds Virtual Summit Do you want to learn from your favorite Stenhouse math authors from the comfort of your home? Join Christina Tondevold for the free Build Math Minds (BMM) Virtual Summit that brings together 30 presenters, including: This online conference starts July 31 and runs through August 2. All sessions will be archived and available through August 7. Register here:

Daily 5 and CAFE Quick Start Online Seminar If you are looking to jump-start your literacy practice, The 2 Sisters Company is offering a Daily 5 and CAFE Quick Start seminar. This two-module, self-paced seminar supports teachers preparing to launch Daily 5 and CAFE simultaneously in the literacy classroom. The cost of the seminar is $70. Sign up and begin anytime through September 21:

The Daily 5 Classroom Library Collections Update your classroom library and go deeper with The Daily 5 and The CAFE Book with this exclusive collection of fiction and nonfiction books for your classroom:

Growing Independent Learners Online Workshop, by Debbie Diller Nurture independence in your young learners with help from Debbie Diller and the online, self-paced workshop built around her book, Growing Independent Learners. Jam-packed with video clips showing Debbie in action in classrooms with teachers and with students, this online workshop is a must-have for all K-3 teachers:

Preview Lesson 1:


3) Rethinking first-day writing to better engage kids
Shawna Coppola In a recent article on MiddleWeb, Shawna Coppola, author of Renew! encourages teachers to think about what message their instructional choices send to students about their abilities and possibilities as writers:

Preview Shawna's book online:



4) Catch up on the Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute
Stenhouse Blogstitute 2017 Catch up on what's been going on during our Summer Blogstitute series.

Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak share ideas for using sticky notes with transitional readers:

Ruth Culham invites you to consider the traits of writing when revising:

Jennifer McDonough and Kristin Ackerman talk about why writing teachers must write:

Kathy Short writes about the importance of "teaching globally":

And Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg urges teachers to make writing assignments that really matter to their students:

Get updates for future Blogstitute posts:


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