Unpacking the Common Core Standards, Part 3: Thinking Horizontally

Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge unpacks one of the new Common Core standards horizontally.

Seven Inspirational Speeches and Why They Matter

I was watching President Barack Obama’s re-election speech last week and it got me thinking about speeches—how historically, great speeches really matter. Speeches are like placeholders to mark significant milestones in history.

What does close reading look like in Second Grade?

Resident Literacy Expert Jaclyn DeForge discusses how to do a close reading of a second grade level text.

This Week in Diversity: Arizona, the Supreme Court, and Crayons

Before we launch into this week’s roundup of race and diversity links, I’d like to make a plea: help your local library. Many around the country are facing massive budget cuts, so let your elected officials know that your library is important. New Yorkers, NYPL has a handy form to help you contact your City […]

Amazon to accept Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian books to their online store

In response to a growing interest in foreign language books from parents and kids alike, Amazon.com announced an update to their digital reader—the Kindle—that would allow three new languages into their growing digital library. In a February 19th announcement, Amazon unveiled an update to the Kindle text platform, allowing Spanish, Portuguese and Italian authors to […]

This Week in Diversity: A Miscellany

Friday afternoon: time to read up on diversity around the web! This week we have a rather miscellaneous batch of links for you, so dig in. Ah, Hollywood, will you never stop provoking discussion on race in casting? Not this week, certainly. Racialicious looks at the Screen Actor’s Guild’s annual diversity research and explains why […]

Is the term Indian Summer racist?

It’s been an odd summer, weather-wise: roasting in April, cool in June and July, and just a few blazing weeks in August before the current chill September. So yesterday I mused, are we going to get an Indian summer? And then I stopped thinking about the weather itself and started thinking about the term “Indian […]

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