October 13, 2017  •  In This Issue:

1.  Help students heal with writing
2.  Join Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis on Facebook Live
3.  Keeping readers front and center
4.  Discussing race in the classroom

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1) Resources for teaching empathy and compassion
Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers, by Ruth Ayres This book is more relevant today than ever. Kids are surrounded by sorrow and hard times, but writing can be a daily outlet for them to make sense of their world through words. Ruth's ideas give us the necessary opportunities to help them find their writer's voice.
—Brad Wilson, Cofounder and CEO, on Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers by Ruth Ayres

In this moving, personal book, Ruth Ayres weaves together her experience as a mother, teacher, and writer. She shares her own struggles and triumphs from raising a family of four adopted children. Her experience is invaluable to any teacher who has met children living in poverty, in unstable households, or in fear of abuse.

Ruth explores recent research on the way trauma changes the brain and makes a case for encouraging all students to write. She believes that that the process of revealing your story allows darkness to turn to light in the lives of children. Ruth offers practical suggestions for enticing all writers, regardless of their struggles.

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers invites you on a journey to become a teacher who refuses to give up on any student.

Preorder the print version of the book by 10/31 using the code ENTICING and receive the e-book right away for free!

Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers
Ruth Ayres
Grades K-8 • 168 pp • $21.00
E-Book available now; print book will ship in early November

Join Ruth 10/24 at 8 p.m. for a Facebook Live event where she will talk about her book and the healing power of writing.



2) Join Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis on Facebook Live
Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis on Facebook Live, October 18 at 8pm ET Join the authors of Strategies That Work for a Facebook Live session Wednesday, October 18, at 8 p.m. EST. Steph and Anne will discuss current trends in comprehension instruction and will take your questions!


3) Keeping readers front and center
Dorothy Barnhouse #g2great Twitter chat In a thoughtful blog post, Dr. Mary C. Howard, host of the popular #G2Great Twitter chat, summarizes a recent chat with Dorothy Barnhouse, author of Readers Front and Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Texts.

Follow along as Mary picks out five "exhilarating" moments and ideas from the chat:

Preview Dorothy's book on our website:


4) Discussing race in the classroom
Matt Kay In a recent Classroom Q&A, EdWeek's Larry Ferlazzo asked educators about how teachers—especially white teachers—can best approach discussions about race in the classroom.

Matt Kay, author of the upcoming book Loaded Conversations, said: "To productively discuss race with minority students, many progressive, white educators must sharpen their humility." Matt then offers three practical tips for navigating these conversations.

Read Matt's tips and other teachers' thoughts on this important, timely topic:

Revisit our recent webinar with Matt:


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