Archive for March, 2019

Recommendations for Summer Book Studies – Literacy

Summer is approaching, and book studies are on the brain. Stenhouse would like to help you choose the books that will boost your professional learning in a meaningful way, and get you excited to get into the classroom next year to put what you’ve learned into action.

Here are two literacy titles you can add to your list along with their accompanying Study Guides!

Create a School-Wide Culture of Life-Long Learners

Literacy Essentials by Regie Routman isn’t just about literacy. It is about creating a culture in your school that fosters achievement for all students, equally. It is about finding the essential elements that make literacy education thrive, while building a community of life-long learners through the cultivation of kindness, trust, respect, and curiosity. It is a resource, a tool, a guide, and a teacher’s companion to engagement, excellence, and equity for ALL learners. You owe it to yourself and your colleagues to get this book! Download the STUDY GUIDE.

Rethink Your Research Assignments

Get students excited about research projects with Love the Questions: Reclaiming Research with Curiosity and Passion, Grades 6–12 by Cathy Fraser. With this new book, teachers can learn strategies to engage students by honoring their curiosity and passion through genuine inquiry and exploration. Learn how to teach students to ask questions and treat research projects like police investigations and not busywork. Use the STUDY GUIDE to guide your study group!

Stay tuned next week when we recommend reading titles to add to your list. If you can’t wait, here is the link to our list of free Study Guides.

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Add comment March 26th, 2019

Stenhouse Authors at the 50th Annual MRA Conference           


The Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) 50th Annual Conference is coming up soon. Check out the scheduled presentations from these inspiring Stenhouse authors and give your professional learning a boost!

Ruth Culham, author of Teach Writing Well

  • Thursday, 4/4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., “The Writing Thief: Where Literature Lives in the Writing Classroom” It’s been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Using the Traits of Writing as a guide, explore new books so student writers thrive.
  • Thursday, 4/4, 3:00 m. – 4:15, KEYNOTE “What’s in Your Writing Wallet? Yes You Can Teach Writing Well Without Worksheets” Explore new ways to teach writers without worksheets – ways that really work. Learn how to create and manage a Writing Wallet that you can use right away as you help students understand writing process – especially revision and editing.

Gravity Goldberg, new Stenhouse resource coming soon!

  • Thursday, 4/4, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., “Teach Like Yourself: Why Your Students Need You to Be You” What your students need most is for you to show up fully as yourself in the classroom. When you are your most authentic teacher self you give permission for your students to be the same and the real work of learning can happen.

Jeff Anderson, author of Patterns of Power Plus

  • Thursday, 4/4, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., AUTHORS AND APPETIZERS
  • Friday, 4/5, 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., “Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language” Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Where do concept formation and mentor texts fit in? Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading and writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that enhances composition and comprehension.

Mary Anne Buckley, author of Sharing the Blue Crayon

  • Friday, 4/5, 11:50 a.m. – 12:50 a.m., “Inspiring Learners: Embedding Social and Emotional Skills in Literacy Workshops” Social and emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching, but as standards and testing requirements consume classroom time and divert teachers’ focus; these critical skills often get sidelined. This session will show how to teach social and emotional skills with engaging and integrated literacy lessons.

Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty, author of A Closer Look

  • Friday, 4/5, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., “Everyone is a Teacher in a Writing Community” Diane and Lynne discuss their rationale for foregrounding formative assessment in classrooms, addressing how we help students build their writing identity, and how we use that knowledge to inform instruction. The facilitators explore peer, small, and whole group conferences with video clips, giving close-ups of writing workshop in action.

Cris Tovani, author of Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?

  • Friday, 4/5, 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., CLOSING KEYNOTE “Let’s Switch Questioning Around-Reigniting Readers’ Sense of Wonder” Teachers get weary of always being the ones responsible for asking the questions. Research is clear. Whoever is asking the question is the one who is learning. When the experts get to ask all the questions, students’ thinking shuts down. During this keynote, Cris will ask teachers to consider questioning in a different light. She will encourage participants to examine how questions drives their comprehension and consider how they can use what they discover to reignite their students’ curiosity about required curricula and content.

Add comment March 26th, 2019

Stenhouse Authors at NCTM

NCTM in San Diego is almost here! Have you created your schedule? If not, you might want to check out what Stenhouse authors are up to since they are the creators of some of your favorite math resources. Check out their sessions and expand on the concepts you’ve learned from their books to incorporate into your instruction and return to the classroom with renewed energy and fresh ideas!

And as a special treat, come to the Stenhouse booth on Thursday and Friday from 2:30 to 3:30, chill out with our authors and staff, and enjoy complimentary ice cream and popcorn!

Nancy Anderson, author of What’s Right About Wrong Answers

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hilton Bayfront, Indigo H “Must the Guide Stand on the Side? Examining (False) Dichotomies in Mathematics Education” Guide on the side vs. sage on the stage; conceptual vs. procedural knowledge; productive struggle vs. struggling learners … Does either/or thinking create distinctions between ideas that are overlapping or complementary?

Anne Collins, author of Accessible Algebra

Saturday, 4/6

  • SESSION 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center, 24 ABC “Formative Assessment and Graphical Representation Promote Better Understanding of Challenging Topics” This workshop will model and make explicit effective formative assessment strategies while participants explore and use graph paper to visualize and find square roots, find equivalent values for radicals, convert ratios to percentages, and operate on fractions—add, subtract, multiply, and divide in the first quadrant of the Cartesian coordinate plane.

Christopher Danielson, author of How Many?

Friday, 4/5

  • INFINITY BAR 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Topic: Assessment
  • SESSION 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire AB “The Hierarchy of Hexagons: An Example of Geometry Inquiry, Grades 3–5” The hierarchy of quadrilaterals is standard fare in geometry courses at many levels. But what about hexagons? Come join a genuine inquiry session in which we will develop hexagon classification schemes, ask about relationships and maybe even prove a few new theorems! Modifications for middle and high school classrooms will be discussed.

Mike Flynn, author of Beyond Answers

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E “Understanding Resistance in Mathematics Education: Why Change is Hard and How We Can Make It Easier” Encountering educators that are resistant to change is a common challenge for many leaders, and it is easy to slip into an unproductive “us versus them” frame of mind. In this session, we will look at the root causes of resistance and explore productive strategies that will help leaders and coaches support all teachers through the change process.
  • SHADOWCON 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, 20A The goal of ShadowCon is to expand access to and extend your engagement with these speakers and their ideas. So each speaker’s ten-minute talk will serve as a launching point for a unique online experience. You won’t want to miss this!

Megan Franke, author of Choral Counting & Counting Collections

Thursday, 4/4

  • INFINITY BAR 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Topic: Assessment

Friday, 4/5

  • SESSION 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., San Diego Convention Center, 20A “More Than Turn and Talk: Supporting Student Engagement in Each Other’s Ideas” Participants will engage with new research findings about how teachers who attend to children’s thinking (CGI) support student participation. The findings will focus on how teachers productively support students to engage with each other’s ideas and how that varies across the lesson. Examples from classroom practice will be shared.

Allison Hintz, author of Intentional Talk

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Hilton Bayfront, Aqua EF “Now That We’re Talking … Let’s Make Sure We’re Listening! Grades 3–5” Mathematics classrooms are vibrant places where students’ ideas are shared through discussion. Now that we’re hearing students’ ideas, let’s make sure we’re LISTENING! Join us to think together about different ways teachers can listen to students and build a culture of listening so that students can understand and build on each other’s ideas.

Cathy Humphreys, author of Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More

Friday, 4/5

  • SESSION 8:00 – 9:15 a.m., Hilton Bayfront, Indigo 202 “Kindling Student Engagement Around Fractions: A High School Number Talk, Grades 8–10” In this session we examine my teaching decisions during a high school Number Talk. I had two main goals: to elicit student thinking and to kindle student interaction. We’ll stop the video at critical points in the lesson and discuss what we might do next—and why. Then we’ll watch how the lesson unfolds and consider the implications for teaching.

Geoff Krall, author of Necessary Conditions

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center, 23 BC “Routines, Lessons, Problems, and Projects: Mastering the Elements of Math Instruction” In this session, you will experience four key aspects of effective math instruction: routines, lessons, problems, and projects. We’ll work through concrete examples of each and investigate the interplay between each of these task types. You will receive a plethora of resources to find high-quality examples of each and how to develop your own.

Ruth Parker, author of Digging Deeper: Making Number Talks Matter Even More

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., San Diego Convention Center, 20A “Number Talks as a Path to Mathematical Reasoning for All Students” Attendees will experience a revised protocol for Number Talks developed by Ruth Parker and Cathy Humphreys that is designed to engage all students as active participants in Number Talks, enhance mathematical discourse, support original mathematical ideas, and build productive learning communities.

Jessica Shumway, author of Number Sense Routines

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., San Diego Convention Center 29D Developing Symbol Sense in Early Childhood: Maintaining Meaning and Enhancing Early Number Learning, Grades PreK–2” Understanding symbols and how they relate to quantities is critical to students’ mathematical development. Participants will learn effective and playful ways to help students link their intuitive number sense with symbolic number sense and facilitate math discussions around subitizing, unitizing, number relationships, and early algebraic reasoning.
  • SESSION 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Hilton Bayfront, Sapphire 410 “Arrays Everywhere! Engaging Students with Arrays Activities to Promote Multiplicative Reasoning, Grades 3–5” Moving from additive to multiplicative reasoning is a huge leap in mathematical understanding. Join us to learn how to effectively and playfully use arrays and word problems to help students develop their multiplicative reasoning. We will unpack these terms, share videos, and analyze student work to look at various progressions.

Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, author of Math Exchanges

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Hilton Bayfront, Indigo BF “Hands Down, Speak Out: A Different Way of Talking in Math Class” Come learn about Hands-Down Conversations, a structure for mathematical dialogue in which students take the lead, building agency as mathematicians and constructing content understanding, as they notice, wonder, and reason about math and the world around them.

Tracy Zager, author of How to Be the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had

Thursday, 4/4

  • SESSION 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E “Going beyond Groupwork: Teaching Students to Be Mathematical Colleagues” Mathematicians often work together, seeking colleagues when they need to think aloud, gather new ideas, argue productively, and receive constructive feedback. Let’s model classroom collaborations on these genuine mathematical interactions. We’ll analyze rich classroom examples where teachers equip students to be good mathematical colleagues.
  • INFINITY BAR 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Topic: Building on Students’ Strengths
  • SHADOWCON 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. San Diego Convention Center, 20A The goal of ShadowCon is to expand access to and extend your engagement with these speakers and their ideas. So each speaker’s ten-minute talk will serve as a launching point for a unique online experience. You won’t want to miss this!

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Add comment March 25th, 2019

10 Reasons to Add Welcome to Writing Workshop to Your College Course List

Stacey Shubitz and Lynne Dorfman have developed a comprehensive resource for university professors who are preparing their students to teach writing with a model that works. Coming in April 2019, Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Work sheds new light on how to use a workshop approach to teach writing, and if you are a professor who teaches writing courses, foundation courses, and practicums for elementary school teachers, this is the perfect book to add to your list for summer and fall.

Here are the top ten reasons to select Welcome to Writing Workshop for your course:

  1. Supportive A comprehensive study guide will be available to use with this book.
  2. Current The book has a 2019 copyright.
  3. Reasonably Priced The price—for this full-color, paperback text—is very reasonable at $28.00.
  4. Accessible The book is about 200 pages with charts, photos, and appendices. It is well organized and easy to read.
  5. Practical & Relevant This book is filled with QR Codes where students can access videos—glimpses into all facets of writing workshop. Administrators, teachers, and even students share their thoughts on workshop. The photos show today’s classrooms—all kinds of furniture and arrangements, instructional areas, and writing centers.
  6. Flexible Each chapter concludes with a When You’re Ready section. This makes it easy for veteran teachers to explore something completely new right away or for new teachers to wait and use these sections the second year of their writing workshop experience.
  7. Goodies The book is filled with routines, tips, advice, and resources.
  8. Foundational Knowledge With a true understanding of the writing workshop approach, teachers will not have to rely on a one-size-fits-all program format. Armed with knowledge, the program a district may already have in place will become a resource, not the curriculum.
  9. Tech-Friendly Students can also purchase as an e-book and download to their tablet for on-the-go reading.
  10. Preview You may preview an excerpt of the text on Stenhouse’s website right now.

To learn more about this important new resource, go to

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Add comment March 22nd, 2019

RECAP! #StenhouseMath Chat with Geoff Krall, 3/19

On Tuesday, March 19, Stenhouse hosted its first #StenhouseMath Chat with author of Necessary Conditions, Geoff Krall, “Creating a Coherent Secondary Math Pedagogy.” In case you missed, here is the recap of the chat. Check it out, and get some ideas!


Save the date for the next #StenhouseMath Chat on the importance of Choral Counting and Counting Collections on April 19 at 9 p.m. ET with Megan L. FrankeElham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou.

Add comment March 22nd, 2019

Stenhouse Author Updates for March!

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of what our authors have been up to this month!


Inspired Space

Learn how to create a space for writing workshop with this recent blog inspired by Jennifer Jacobson’s new book, No More, “How Long Does It Have to Be?” Fostering Independent Writers in Grades 3-8, a resource that offers inspiration and tools to shift from teacher-directed writing program to student-propelled workshop model.

Paths to Authentic Revising

Watch this webinar that previews the exciting new upcoming resource, Patterns of Power Plus! 60 ALL NEW grade-specific grammar lessons by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca. In it Jeff and Whitney take us on a walkthrough of the resource components and explore strategies for authentic revising and editing.

Seven Steps to Super Spelling

Read this excerpt from Mark Weakland’s Super Spellers: Seven Steps to Transforming Your Spelling Instruction to learn the Seven Steps to Spelling Instruction! Looking for additional ideas? Check out Super Spellers Starter Sets for more of Weakland’s research-based lessons, pointers, spelling centers, and more.

NEW BOOK! Welcome to Writing Workshop

Preview now available for the new book by Stacey Shubitz and Lynne R. Dorfman, Welcome to the Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Worksa resource-rich how-to guide that offers an overview of the workshop approach, numerous reproducibles, video clips, and mini-lessons.  Preview a sample chapter HERE and read this recent Q&A with the authors to learn more about this exciting new book!


Save the Date for Twitter Chats!

#StenhouseMath Twitter Chats are starting in March! Check out the full schedule HERE!

How Many? – Not Your Typical Counting Book

Watch this VIDEO of Christopher Danielson and a group of young students discussing a picture from his book, How Many? You might be surprised at what they say!

Enhance Your Secondary Math Instruction!

Learn about the Three Elements of a Successful Secondary Math Classroom in this blog post inspired by Geoff Krall’s Necessary Conditions!

Secondary Math 

“I paused my reading long enough to go order a dozen copies for my math department.” That’s math teacher and author Chris Luzniak’s comment on Geoff Krall’s Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation. Luzniak is the author of the upcoming Stenhouse book, Up for Debate! Exploring Math Through Argument, Grades 6–12. Read more of his thoughts about Geoff’s book here.


Kim Yaris – Who’s Doing the Work? One-Day Workshop

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019 • Indianapolis, IN Learn More
  • Friday, May 3, 2019 • Columbus, OH Learn More

Jeff Anderson – Patterns of Power One-Day Workshop

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 • Dayton, OH Learn More
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019 • Rocky Hill, CT Learn More

REGISTER for SDE’s Annual National Conference on July 8–12 in Las Vegas, Nevada and be a part of the educator’s conference of CHOICE!  

Add comment March 18th, 2019

Pricing for Patterns of Power Plus Now Available!

At long last! Pricing for Patterns of Power Plus: Extension Lessons for Young Writers, Grades 1-5 by Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca is now available! Click HERE to explore your options and start planning for your exciting new grammar instruction that is bound to change the way your students view their writing.

To talk to someone who can walk you through your options, contact Karen Belanger at




Add comment March 15th, 2019

Introducing #StenhouseMath Twitter Chats!

This year marks the launch of #StenhouseMath Twitter Chats! Starting on March 19, Stenhouse, along with math authors/editors/educators, Tracy Johnston Zager and Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, will host a monthly chat with our brilliant math authors about their innovative and energizing ideas. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars!

March 19, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST

“Creating a Coherent Secondary Math Pedagogy” with Geoff Krall Geoff is an educator and author of the 2018 book, Necessary Conditions: Teaching Secondary Math with Academic Safety, Quality Tasks, and Effective Facilitation. He has devoted his career to finding a guiding vision and continuity to high school math instruction, and he has figured it out. In this chat we will talk about the three essential elements he has discovered that will open the door to math for all your students and provide you with the coherent secondary math pedagogy that you may be missing.

April 16, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST

“Choral Counting & Counting Collections” with Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou Join this chat to find out how deeply and creatively children can engage with ideas of number and operations and mathematical sense-making through counting. Learn how counting can be a gateway into your students’ mathematical insights and how you can use it to jump-start student participation and deepen mathematical understanding. If you don’t have it already, pick up a copy of Choral Counting & Counting Collections by Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou.

May 14, 6:00 p.m. PST / 9:00 p.m. EST

“Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It” with Marian Small Marian Small knows that understanding the math K–8 teachers teach and how to teach it isn’t the easiest of tasks. So she wrote a readable and relatable resource that will give you the well-founded base of mathematical knowledge you need to lead better math instruction while capturing your students’ interest. In this chat, Marian will share her insight on how to teach math with clarity and confidence. Marian’s book, Understanding the Math We Teach and How to Teach It will be available THIS SUMMER!!!

Save these dates and follow @StenhousePub #StenhouseMath on Twitter. Don’t miss these chats that are sure to bring new ideas to your math instruction!

Add comment March 13th, 2019

Stenhouse Authors at VSRA 52nd Annual Conference!

This year’s theme for the 52nd Annual Conference of the Virginia State Reading Association (VSRA) is “Unlocking the Treasures of Literacy.” From March 14–16 Stenhouse authors are bringing their treasures in the form of expertise on literacy instruction that will leave you feeling energized to go back to your classroom and start using fresh, new ideas! Take a look at who is presenting this year, and don’t miss out on these dynamic speakers!

Jeff Anderson, author of Patterns of Power

Friday 3/15:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. SESSION “Patterns of Power: Where Reading, Writing, and Grammar Meet” Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Where do concept formation and mentor texts fit in? Come discover brain-based, practical ways to use the reading and writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that enhances composition and comprehension.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. SESSION “I’ve Never Written So Much!” How Mentor Texts Inspire and Nurture Writers” Children’s author and professional book writer Jeff Anderson shares how to make writing happen in your classroom. You can’t make students write, but you can inspire them to do so. Discover and explore a few sure-fire mentor texts to get students writing as well as a few strategies from his book 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know along the way. Jeff is also the middle grade author of the popular Zack Delacruz series.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. SESSION “Revision Decisions: Using Nonfiction Texts to Teach Grammar and Writing Through Revision” How do young writers decide what to revise? How do we shepherd them through this process of discovering, thinking, risking, and changing? We give them a vision of what is possible with mentor texts, then use these readings to move their writing forward, one option at a time. Grammar and style are rich ground for teaching revision. Merging craft and mechanics helps students craft sentences while learning voice, detail, and sentence fluency.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. SIGNING: Pre-function space for Norfolk Ballroom Go to the Stenhouse booth to pick a copy of Jeff’s book, head over to the Center Stage get it signed, and have a chat!

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work?

Friday 3/15:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. SESSION: “Preventing Misguided Reading – The Next Generation of Guided Reading K–5” Engage in an exercise that will re-acquaint you with the gradual release of responsibility and get you thinking about how it applies to guided reading. Jan and Kim introduce helpful tips and pointers for dealing with some of the tricky parts of guided reading, such as selecting texts, grouping students, and helping students when they plateau. Gain a new vision for guided reading, plus many practical ideas for planning and implementing this important instructional strategy in your classroom.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. SESSION “Who’s Doing the Work – Unteaching Learned Helplessness K–5” Examine your instruction—could there be times you are doing the work for students, creating dependency and interfering with student growth? Learn how to make simple adjustments to your instruction that lead to powerful shifts in student engagement and empower students to persevere in becoming better readers. Jan and Kim share practical ways to get students “unstuck” by shifting the language of reading instruction, adjusting conventional prompts, and reframing scaffolding.

Kate Messner, author of 59 Reasons to Write

Friday 3/15:

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. SESSION: “Real Revision” In this session, author and educator Kate Messner lifts the curtain on her multifaceted and messy revision process, sharing everything from marked-up manuscripts to the charts, lists, and timelines she uses when she’s working through a project. She’ll also share strategies for getting student writers excited about rewriting, by setting the stage for the work that’s yet to come, providing clear-cut steps for revision, and teaching students how to evaluate their own texts and critique for one another.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. SESSION: “General Session: Magical Mentors” Because so many of our students live in homes where reading and writing aren’t a part of everyday life, providing strong mentors in the classroom can have a transformative effect on literacy. Author and educator Kate Messner explores the power of mentors that go beyond the traditional Albus Dumbledores of the world to focus on mentor texts, author connections, and teacher leadership in living a literate life.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. SIGNING: on the Center Stage in the Exhibit Hall Norfolk Ballroom Go to the Stenhouse booth to pick a copy of Kate’s book, head over to the Center Stage get it signed, and have a chat!

Brenda Overturf, author of Word Nerds

Thursday 3/14:

  • 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. SESSION: “Teaching Vocabulary So Kids Will Beg for More!” In this workshop, Brenda demonstrates how to develop creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves students’ word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Teachers of grades K–6, special education students, and English learners will learn how to weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. SESSION: “Creating Word Memories: Academic Vocabulary Development in Grades 5–9” Research shows that vocabulary development is key to comprehension and achievement in all disciplines, yet many young adolescents lack adequate academic vocabulary knowledge. In this hands-on, minds-on workshop, participants use music, art, drama, movement, games, and smartphone technology to explore vocabulary instruction and assessment that meets the developmental needs of students in grades 5-9.
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. SIGNING: on the Center Stage in the Exhibit Hall Norfolk Ballroom Go to the Stenhouse booth to pick a copy of Brenda’s book, head over to the Center Stage get it signed, and have a chat!

Stacey Shubitz, author of Craft Moves

Thursday 3/14:

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. SESSION: “The High Value and High Rewards of Small Group Sessions in Writing Workshop” There’s one of you and 20 – most likely more – of them! Therefore, small-group strategy lessons are an excellent way to differentiate instruction while maximizing your time. Learn the fundamentals to making small-group sessions work in your writing workshop so that you can meet your students’ needs in highly individualized ways.
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. SIGNING: on the Center Stage in the Exhibit Hall Norfolk Ballroom Go to the Stenhouse booth to pick a copy of Stacey’s book, head over to the Center Stage get it signed, and have a chat!




Add comment March 12th, 2019

Opportunities to Enhance Your Writing Instruction

Are you looking to expand your writing instruction? The annual Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Conference in Las Vegas will feature some of the most dynamic speakers who have dedicated their careers to creating resources and delivering professional development that can help! Here are three of the presenters, who are also Stenhouse authors, and what they will be presenting on this year at this exciting and informative multi-day event.

Jeff Anderson, author of Patterns of Power

Patterns of Power: Inviting Young Writers into the Conventions of Language (Gr. 1–5)

Meaning is made when reading and writing crash together in the conventions of language. Where do concept formation and mentor texts fit in? Come discover brain-based, practical ideas for using the reading-and-writing connection to teach grammar and editing in a way that enhances composition and comprehension.

Whitney La Rocca, author of Patterns of Power

Providing Feedback that Matters to Writers (Gr. 3–5)

When provided with feedback that matters, your writers WILL take charge of their own learning! Whitney sheds new light on the feedback process in this interactive session. Explore how to analyze writers and the work they are doing and how to conduct conferences with them that are practical, meaningful, and effective.

Exploring Grammar & Conventions Through Author’s Purpose & Craft (Gr. 1–5)

Empower your students to make meaning for their readers with the choices they make as writers.  By building a culture of curiosity, you can turn your grammar instruction into that of inquiry, creating a space for writers to play with language, try out different craft moves, and compose written pieces that will leave their readers wanting more.

Personalizing Learning with Small-Group Reading Instruction (Gr. 1–2)

No two readers are alike, so we must meet their needs by providing instruction that is personalized, engaging, and thought-provoking.  In this interactive session, you will learn how to grow your young readers by analyzing their processes to create practical and effective goals for small-group instruction in your reading classroom.

Providing Feedback that Matters to Writers (Gr. 3–5)

When provided with feedback that matters, writers take charge of their own learning.  In this interactive session, participants will learn how to analyze writers and the work they are doing, and how to conduct conferences with their writers that are practical, meaningful, and effective.

Jennifer McDonough, author of Conferring with Young Writers

Helping Young Writers Grow with Focused & Intentional Conferring (Gr. K–3)

Make sure the precious time you devote to sitting side by side with your young writers pays off. This session is filled with specific goals and strategies that will give young children the tools they need to grow as writers. Using the qualities of good writing, learn how to keep conferring focused, intentional, and efficient so the time you spend is effective and worthwhile.

Examples & Samples: Using Mentor Text to Create Independent Writers (Gr. 1–4)

Do you have students who don’t remember what you teach? Student-made reference cards using mentor texts and students’ own writing are the solution! Based on the qualities of good writing, Jennifer presents models that allow students to become independent writers who are accountable for using the skills you teach across the school year.

If Not Worksheets, Then What? (Gr. K–4)

Worksheets are the quickest and easiest fix to keep kids in their seats and on task. But are these the kind of authentic learning experiences that prepare kids for their future selves? Jennifer stretches your thinking and beliefs with a fresh look at how to prepare kids who read and write for a lifetime and not just complete tasks.

Go HERE to learn more.


Add comment March 8th, 2019

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