Not to get too schmaltzy over here on the Stenhouse blog, but this past weekend we had a lot to be thankful for in our little corner of the publishing world. Stenhouse celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and we used that as an excuse (not that we needed one!) to throw a party during this year’s NCTE conference in Boston.
Here are some snapshots of some of our wonderful authors and Stenhouse staffers. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
Our resident party planner, Chandra (right) is seen with our expert photographer and customer service expert Pam, along with Rose Cappelli, Lynne Dorfman, and Anne Marie Corgill.
Editor Bill Varner (left) is getting cozy with authors Jeff Anderson and Debbie Diller.
Oh look, it’s Bill again! This time with Rose Cappelli.
This looks serious: Debbie Diller (left) with Stenhouse editor Holly Holland.
What a lovely group! From the left: Georgia Heard, Martha Horn, JoAnn Portalupi, and Mary Ellen Giacobbe.
Holly Holland (left) with another one of our Stenhouse customer service mavens, Lise.
Kelly Gallagher and Erik Palmer
Kent Johnson, CEO of Highlights, along with math editor Toby Gordon and some very delicious shrimp.
All smiles: Lee Ann Spillane, Cris Tovani, and Chandra.
Authors Mary Shorey and Penny Silvers with Holly Holland.
One of the newest members of our staff, editor Maureen Barbieri (right) with Monica Edinger.
Stenhouse president Dan Tobin chats up new authors Diana Neebe and Jennifer Roberts, along with Holly Holland.
Stenhouse editorial director Philippa Stratton with Franki Sibberson.
Author Ruth Ayres with Stenhouse marketing manager Rebecca Eaton.
Authors Stacey Shubitz and Ralph Fletcher
And that’s me, Zsofi (left), with Chris Downey, our fabulous editorial manager.
“What are the strategies that teachers and students can use to develop their ideas in informational writing? What are some ways that students can research and not become so overwhelmed that they get lost in their own piece?”
We recently sat down with Aimee Buckner to talk about her new book, Nonfiction Notebooks. In this short video, Aimee explains how writing notebooks can help students gather relevant information and practice writing in this genre, while directly supporting the Common Core State Standards:
We wrapped up our week-long blog tour for Ruth Ayres’ new book Celebrating Writers. Here are some highlights from the reviews of the book and the interviews with Ruth:
“It is a hard time to stay grounded in teaching–to continue to keep our classrooms joyful places for children. It is easy to lose energy and to fall back on practices that don’t match what we know about children or about learning. But Ruth’s work always gives me the confidence and energy I need to stick with what I know is right. She understands children and writing and teachers and she celebrates every piece of the learning process, especially the messy ones!”
“I think when teachers are writers themselves they realize the importance of genuine celebration. It doesn’t need to be grandiose and it doesn’t have to include forced feedback, rather celebration is the natural outcome of being in a writing community. When we are writers working alongside other writers, we understand how celebration is fuel and we are positioned to make it an integral part of our writing workshops.”
“The same is true in our classrooms. There are many things we cannot control. We cannot control educational mandates. We cannot control fathers drinking and mothers leaving. We cannot control standardized writing assessments.
But we can choose joy.
This is the heart of celebration. We choose joy about the excess periods in a student’s writing, because a month ago there were none. We choose joy about the three meager lines of writing, because yesterday there were crushed pencil points and tears. We choose joy about the misspellings, because all of the sight words are accurate.”
“No matter your grade level, if you are teacher working alongside writers, you’ll want to read this book. Ruth’s book had me taking notes and planning changes for our workshop – changes to bring joy into the time we work as writers.”
“This is the brilliance in Ruth’s work. She will cause you to see the daily opportunities for celebrations. These opportunities will bond you closer to your students and make you all grow as a result. There is no question in my mind that I am a better person every day that I read Ruth’s blogs. I am also a better teacher as a result of her blogs and this beautiful book. I highly recommend it.”
“Living the life of a writer—writing every day—is hard work. As humans, we look for ease and comfort. Writing doesn’t encompass either of these things. So if we’re going to stick with it, even on the hard days, there has to be a bigger reason than because the teacher says so or because I’m going to publish.”
Only a week to go until this year’s NCTE conference in Boston. Stenhouse is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and we are excited to see all of you close to our home turf in New England! Stop by booth #1410 to meet our authors, receive 25% off all of our titles, and sign up to win a $1,500 professional development library.
Below is our schedule for book signings and you can also download a PDF of our authors presenting at NCTE.
Friday, November 22
12:30 p.m.: Mary Shorey and Penny Silvers (Many Texts, Many Voices)
1:30 p.m.: Steph Harvey and Anne Goudvis (Strategies That Work)
2 p.m.: Georgia Heard (A Place for Wonder)
3 p.m.: Debbie Diller (Math Work Stations)
5:30 p.m.: Ralph Fletcher (Pyrotechnics on the Page)
Saturday, November 23
9:30 a.m.: Ruth Shagoury and Brenda Power (Living the Questions)
11 a.m.: Katie Keier (Catching Readers Before They Fall)
12:30 p.m.: Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli (Poetry Mentor Texts)
2 p.m.: Kimberly Hill Campbell (Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay)
3 p.m.: Cris Tovani (So What Do They Really Know?)
Sunday, November 24
10 a.m.: Jeff Anderson (10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know)
We are very excited to kick off our week-long blog tour for Ruth Ayres’ new book, Celebrating Writers. And we are especially excited to be kicking it off with a lovely interview by another Stenhouse gem, Franki Sibberson. Visit Franki’s blog today for insights into the book and be sure to ask questions or leave a comment to be entered to win a free Stenhouse book!
Here is what Franki has to say about Ruth and her writing:
Ruth’s writing (on her blog and in her books) have been a huge inspiration to me over the last few years. It is a hard time to stay grounded in teaching–to continue to keep our classrooms joyful places for children. It is easy to lose energy and to fall back on practices that don’t match what we know about children or about learning. But Ruth’s work always gives me the confidence and energy I need to stick with what I know is right. She understands children and writing and teachers and she celebrates every piece of the learning process, especially the messy ones!
Follow the blog tour all week at these outstanding education blogs:
We are so excited to announce the second edition of The Daily Five! Here is everything you need to know about the new edition and we are happy to bring you a special offer until December 31: Order the book on our website now and receive a FREE 1-month subscription to the Sisters’ Daily CAFE website.
The Daily 5, Second Edition retains the core literacy components that made the first edition one of the most widely read books in education and enhances these practices based on years of further experience in classrooms and compelling new brain research. The Daily 5 provides a way for any teacher to structure literacy (and now math) time to increase student independence and allow for individualized attention in small groups and one-on-one.
Teachers and schools implementing the Daily 5 will do the following:
Spend less time on classroom management and more time teaching
Help students develop independence, stamina, and accountability
Provide students with abundant time for practicing reading, writing, and math
Increase the time teachers spend with students one-on-one and in small groups
Improve schoolwide achievement and success in literacy and math.
The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.