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Posted July 19, 2019

10 Summer Book Recommendations for Teachers, by Teachers

Everybody loves to give teachers their ideas for a great summer reading list. But what happens when teachers themselves do the choosing? Now that we’re…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Who Are We Really Protecting When We Keep Our Kids From ‘Dangerous’ Books?

It was Read Across America Week last week. Many schools celebrated with funky hats and pajama reading days and doing whatever they could to celebrate…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted Feb. 28, 2018

If We Really Want to Teach Black History in Schools, We’re Going to Need More Diverse Books

In 2018, classrooms around the country still do not have enough books that accurately depict the unsullied experiences of Black Americans. Every Black History Month,…

By Robin Muldor-Engram

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Posted Dec. 29, 2017

Your Students Won’t Be Able to Stop Talking About Amazon’s Top Books of 2017

Every classroom deserves to have a more vibrant discussion, and Amazon’s list of best-sellers can be a good place to start. The Harry Potter Series…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Nov. 7, 2017

VIDEO: Meet the Bestselling Author Who Didn’t Read a Book Until He Was 17

Representation matters. There’s no better example of this than Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is a bestselling author of young adult novels, including “All American Boys,” “Ghost”…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted Oct. 24, 2017

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Because It Makes You Uncomfortable Isn’t How You Learn

Biloxi, Mississippi, made news when its public school district pulled Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” from its eighth-grade reading list earlier this month.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

What Teachers Can and Can’t Learn from ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance

In his provocative memoir “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” author J.D. Vance describes his childhood upbringing in Middletown, Ohio.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Sep. 26, 2017

Why the Hell Didn’t Someone Put These Books in My Hand When I Was Younger?

I should read more than I do. Everyone should. I think we’d be better off as a nation and a species if we all read…

By Nate Bowling

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

These 11 Books Were Banned But You Should Read Them Anyway

Finding a book to read shouldn’t be complicated. After all, making a choice about what literature we choose to digest is an everyday decision, one…

By Rob Samuelson, Kimberly De Guzman

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Posted July 19, 2017

Students With Reading Disabilities Deserve the Magic of Books Too

Exciting. Delightful. A joyful experience for the mind and soul, escaping into other worlds. This is the power of reading. Frustrated. Discouraged. Feeling like a…

By Basilisa Perkins

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Posted Feb. 21, 2020

We’re Teaching Black History Month All Wrong

News flash: We have been celebrating Black History Month all wrong.  Black History Month (originally “Negro History Week”) was started by Carter G. Woodson in…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Feb. 20, 2020

More Than Anything, I #LoveTeaching for the Relationships We Build Along the Way

When I divulge to strangers that I am a high school English teacher, I am typically met with skepticism. “You teach teenage brats all day?…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last Thursday the high was two…

By Simone Hardeman-Jones

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