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October 28–30, 2011, Las Vegas, Nev. Our theme for the 2011 Fall Conference is "Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness = Improving Student Learning." Registration is now open.
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Reviving the Read-Aloud
In many classrooms, pressure to raise test scores often means cutting out read-alouds. Ironically, students struggling on tests would probably most benefit from the contextually rich vocabulary exposure found in read-alouds, argue authors Pérsida and William Himmele. Check out their blog post for some tips for engaging students during read-alouds.
High school teacher Dana Huff blogs about language arts instruction, technology, and the intersection of the two.
Coaching: The New Leadership Skill
This issue will explore how educators can develop core coaching skills and look at the techniques principals can use to conduct difficult conversations with teachers that change the school culture.
Keeping Literate in the Internet Age
The Internet provides students with access to unlimited amounts of information that grow exponentially, which makes reading well more important than ever. But how is the practice of teaching reading faring during the Internet ascendancy? And how are reading, thinking, and writing being sustained and developed in elementary and secondary classrooms where so much information can be accessed, "sampled," or even plagiarized?
This issue of ASCD Express looks at the challenge of developing traditional literacy in an age of evolving new literacies.
Media Use Among U.S. Children:
Where Are the Books?
How much time do kids spend reading books for fun these days? According to a recent study by Northwestern University, most youth read books for less than 30 minutes a day.
Too Dumb for Complex Texts?
Students used to multitasking and hopping from link to link will have difficulty tackling complex texts—and college-level reading, argues Mark Bauerlein, an English professor and author of The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future.
Dawn of the New Literacies
In the dawn of the "new literacies," what happened to reading and writing? Have reading and writing practices been transformed by the new Internet and information and communications technology literacies?
Teaching to the Internet-Savvy Student
The News Literacy Project:
Check It Out
The News Literacy Project, which was founded by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Alan C. Miller, seeks to improve kids' news and media literacy skills.
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My Back Pages:
A Lifelong Brush with Magic (1967)
In this Educational Leadership article, a Massachusetts educator celebrates the magical experience of reading.
Literacy and Literature in the Internet Age
In the Internet age, literacy instruction must be integrated across the curriculum, and every teacher should be responsible for showing students how to sift through, evaluate, and manage information, says Bradley R. H. Bethel, a reading and writing specialist at the Ohio State University.
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