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Writing opens the door to the future

June 17, 2016 | Posted in: Elementary, Middle Years

Up until third grade, my son fought reading on his own. I kept buying books that I hoped would light a fire inside him, but failed repeatedly. And then one day, it happened. He discovered a book that made him laugh. Its characters were engaging. The story was entertaining, and luckily, it was the first […]

Schools’ intervention services help struggling students

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

Reading and writing are necessary for learning, but children sometimes struggle as they attempt to conquer literacy skills. It’s a battle that can take a toll in the long-term: Research shows that students who read significantly below grade level in third grade typically struggle throughout their school years and have a greater likelihood of dropping […]

Simple steps to support your child’s literacy journey

January 28, 2015 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

A child’s literacy journey begins at birth. Babies and toddlers see and interact with printed words in their everyday lives – in books, at the grocery store, on street signs and more. They hear sounds they will eventually learn can be used in communicating with others to express thoughts, feelings and ideas. As they grow, […]

Writing tips for anyone who puts pen to paper or fingers to keyboard

December 8, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

In our electronic world, everyone can be a writer. From blogs to Facebook posts to tweets, there’s a place for everyone who has access to the internet to publicly express themselves. But does everyone do it well? No, hardly. Chances are you’ve cringed at a Facebook post or email riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. […]

College application essays can introduce the real you

November 24, 2014 | Posted in: High School

Seniors deep into completing college applications are wrestling with one of the most personal parts of the process: the college essay. While grades matter and extracurricular activities count, many college counselors will tell you that a college essay is where you can truly set yourself apart from the rest of the pack. “Let your life […]

School success builds on foundation of early literacy skills

March 27, 2014 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary

“Dis is cumbersome,” our son said to no one in particular as he sauntered through the living room carrying a toy. My husband stopped in his tracks, surprised by what had come from the boy’s mouth. It was a fairly sophisticated word for a – barely – 3-year-old. “It’s cumbersome? What does cumbersome mean?” my […]

Write on! Tips to help your child flourish as a writer

February 14, 2012 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

My 7-year-old son’s aversion to writing is somewhat surprising, given that he’s the child of two professional writers. Yet, his second-grade teacher’s comments at our parent/teacher conference were not totally unexpected. We’re familiar with his pattern. His idea of expanding a sentence is to change “It was fun” to “It was really, really, really, really […]

Embrace your role as teacher

December 6, 2011 | Posted in: Early Learners, Elementary, High School, Middle Years

You’ve taught your daughter how to spell her name, tie her shoes and say “please” and “thank you” at the appropriate times. As she heads off to school, you may think it’s time to relinquish your job as “teacher” for that of “coach” – ensuring that she does her homework and gets to school on […]