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Review of Not Light, But Fire by Matthew R. Kay

Recently, Peter Anderson, an English Language Arts teacher from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, VA, sent us his take on Not Light, But Fire: How to Have Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom by Matthew R. Kay. He very articulately put into words what we at Stenhouse all think about this important book and its potential impact on classrooms across the country. We had to share.

Not Light, But Fire is a masterful combination of pedagogy and critical consciousness. It is impossible to come out on the other side of this book without experiencing some sort of growth. It was like Matthew had watched videotapes of my most ineffective teaching moments and devised a plan to help me improve. I’d been that teacher who engaged in privilege walks and shock pedagogy in the misguided belief that this would help my students engage with race. I had watched my classroom discussions flounder, unaware that I was setting my bar too low and staying away from the ‘hard problems.’ Thank goodness Matthew Kay is willing to share his own path and his own knowledge with folks like me. Every chapter contains relatable anecdotes, instructional strategies, and incisive commentary. Matthew Kay pushes us to see ourselves and our students as scholars, critical thinkers capable of high-level discourse. In an ideal world, my teacher training would have prepared me for the ethical and professional challenges I (and any teacher) face on a daily basis. But it didn’t. For that and other reasons, I am profoundly grateful that this book exists.

One of the sections I found most powerful was the very brief discussion of the different reasons teachers wish to incorporate social justice into the classroom. As someone who has tried to consume a steady diet of anti-racist texts in the last year and a half, I identified with the social justice warrior category. And it was wonderfully humbling.”

Pick up your copy of Not Light, But Fire HERE. Start having the tough, but essential conversations in your classroom and empower your students to find their voice.

Add comment December 1st, 2018

See you at NCSM/NCTM!

We are excited to head to Washington, D.C., where you will find us at both NCSM and NCTM conferences. Be sure to stop by to browse our books, meet our authors, and more! At both conferences we will be offering a 25% educator discount and you will have a chance to pick up one of our free tote bags.

NCSM

We will be at Booth #206 and for the first time, we will be able to sell books in the exhibit hall! Stop by to meet with:
Lucy West: Monday @ 1:45
Tracy Zager: Tuesday @ 9:15
Mike Flynn: Wednesday @ 9:45 (at Salon G/H immediately following his session there)

And be sure to attend our authors’ conference sessions:
Nancy Anderson: How to Talk Mathematics So Students Learn, Mon 11:15-12:15, Room 145B
Mike Flynn: Understanding the Resistant Teacher–Why Change Is Harder for Some People and How We Can Support Them, Mon 12:30-1:15, Hall A
Mike Flynn: Understanding the Resistant Teacher–Changing Our Narrative to Foster Stronger Relationships, Wed 8:45-9:45, Salon G/H
Cathy Humphreys: Cultivating Students’ Mathematical Ability, Tue 8:15-9:15, Room 146A
Ruth Parker: Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Number Talks, Mon 1:45-2:45, Room 152A
Lucy West & Antonia Cameron: Content Coaching: It Transforms Instruction, Mon 12:30-1:30, Salon I
Antonia Cameron: Start with Heart: Transforming Teacher Practice by Exploring Our Own Beliefs, Mon 3:00-4:00, Room 144A
Tracy Zager: Teachers First–Everything Else Follows, Mon 11:15-12:15, Salon G/H
Megan Franke: How and Why Attention to Student Thinking Supports Teacher and Student Learning, Mon 12:30-1:30, Salon G/H
Megan Franke: Research-Practice Partnerships to Support Continuity in Mathematics Curricula, Tue 11:15-12:15, Room 150A
Amanda Jansen: What Is Rough Draft Thinking and How Can It Be Integrated into Mathematics Classrooms? Tue 8:15-9:15, Room 145A
Robert Kaplinsky: Challenging Problems Worth Solving, Mon 9:30-10:30, Salon I
Robert Kaplinsky: Supporting and Inspiring Mathematics Specialists, Leaders, and Coaches, Mon 4:15-5:15, Salon G/H
Robert Kaplinsky: What’s the Deal with Honors and Acceleration? Tue 10:00-10:45, Hall A
Nicora Placa: Mathematics Coaching: A Beginning Playbook, Wed 8:45-9:45, Room 145A

NCTM

We have an exciting lineup of mini-sessions at booth #153. Stop by, have a seat, and listen to some great teacher/authors present for 10 minutes or so before getting your book signed.

Thursday
8:45 a.m.: Tracy Zager: “How Will We Know What They’re Thinking?”
9:30 am.: Christopher Danielson: “What Is the Plural of Grapefruit? Adventures in #unitchat”
12:45 p.m.: Linda Dacey: “Make Writing About Math as Successful as Talking About It”
1:30 p.m.: Lucy West: “Let’s Talk About Math Talk”
2:30 p.m.: Mike Flynn: “Supporting Active Engagement in Elementary Math Classrooms”

Friday
Noon: Karen Gartland & Jayne Bamford Lynch: “Partnering with Students Through Games”
1:00 p.m.: Alison Hintz & Elham Kazemi: “What’s The Difference Between Classroom Talk and Classroom Discussion?”
3:00 p.m.: Lucy West (signing)

And be sure to attend our authors’ conference sessions:
Nancy Anderson: Keep Calm and Use Talk Moves, Fri 1:30-2:30, Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom F-H
Linda Dacey: The Power of Writing about Mathematical Thinking, Fri 4:30-5:30, Room 151 A
Karen Gartland: Meeting the Instructional Needs of Struggling Learners, Sat 9:45-11:00, Room 150 B
Christopher Danielson: From Counting to Calculus: All Students Are Mathematicians, Fri 4:30-5:30, Ballroom A
Mike Flynn: Engaging Students in the Standards for Mathematical Practice through Robotics and Planning, Thu 11:00-12:00, Room 152 A
Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz: Creating Equitable Mathematics Classrooms: Listening to What Children Have to Teach Us, Fri 3:00-4:00, Ballroom B
Allison Hintz: Supporting Early Mathematics through Children’s Literature, Fri 9:45-11:00, Room 202 B
Lucy West: Enticing All Students to Contribute to Rich Math Discussions, Fri 1:30-2:30, Marriott Marquis, Marquic Ballroom Salon 6
Lucy West: Ignite! We’ll Enlighten You and We’ll Make It Quick (with 7 other educators), Fri 6:00-7:00pm, Ballroom B
Tracy Zager: Not Just Answering Someone Else’s Questions: Making Math Class More Like Mathematics, Fri 9:30-10:30, Ballroom A
Antonia Cameron: Routines to Grow Problem-Solving Strategies in Early Childhood, Fri 8:00-9:15, Room 144 ABC
Antonia Cameron: Interactive Early Algebra Puzzles for Young Learners: Free Web-Based Activities for Your Classroom, Fri 9:45-11:00, Marriott Marquis, Independence Ballroom E
Antonia Cameron: Harnessing the Power of Mathematical Models to Re-Envision Early Childhood Routines, Fri 3:15-4:30, Marriott Marquis, Marquic Ballroom Salon 9-10
Robert Kaplinsky: Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving, Thu 11:00-12:00, Ballroom B

Add comment April 20th, 2018

Meet us in St. Louis

It’s that time of the year when we pack our bags, our books, and head off to the annual NCTE conference–this time, in St. Louis! We hope to see you there! We will be at booth #615 with our full lineup of new books. Come and pick up one of our fabulous tote bags and meet & chat with our authors. Download a full list of signings and sessions with our authors here.

Stenhouse bag

Meet & Chat schedule at the booth:
Friday
11:30 a.m.: Ruth Culham, author of Dream Wakers
12:30 p.m.: Kristin Ackerman and Jennifer McDonough, authors of Conferring with Young Writers
1 p.m.: Ruth Ayres, author of Enticing Hard-to-Reach Writers
1:30 p.m.: Kelly Gallagher, author of In the Best Interest of Students
2 p.m.: Brian Kissel, author of When Writers Drive the Workshop
2 p.m.: Vicki Meigs-Kahlenberg, author of The Author’s Apprentice
2:30 p.m.: Kathy Short, Deanna Day, and Jean Schroeder, editors of Teaching Globally
4 p.m.: Shawna Coppola, author of Renew!
5 p.m.: Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, authors of Strategies That Work

Saturday
11 a.m.: Stacey Shubitz, author of Craft Moves
11:30 a.m.: Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, authors of Mentor Texts, Second Edition
1:30 .m.: Jeff Anderson and Whitney La Rocca, authors of Patterns of Power
2 p.m.: Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, authors of Who’s Doing the Work?
3 p.m.: Jennifer Fletcher, author of Teaching Arguments
4:30 p.m.: Melissa Stewart, author of Perfect Pairs

Sunday
9:30 a.m.: Katie Cunningham, author of Story

 

Add comment November 7th, 2017

Summer Book Club: Becoming a Literacy Leader by Jennifer Allen

Matt Renwick is an elementary principal in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and he invites you to join him and his colleagues as they spend the next few weeks reading and discussing Jennifer Allen’s recent book, Becoming a Literacy Leader. In this guest post Matt talks a bit about the benefits of a summer book study and the details of how his group will discuss Jennifer’s book.

Summer Book Club: Becoming a Literacy Leader by Jennifer Allen
By Matt Renwick

Becoming a Lit Leader 2nd EdFor literacy leaders, summer is often the best time to read, reflect, and recharge. The students and staff are on break, yet we are already thinking about next year. Schedules, calendars, and budget proposals loom large on our to-do list. Yet the quietness that comes with an empty calendar and building offers opportunities for us to reengage with literacy as both a person and a professional.

Personally, I typically take on more fiction than nonfiction in June, July, and August. Having flexibility in my daily schedule, I don’t feel as guilty about reading a little bit longer into the night when I have a real page turner. The long days of the school year are evened out by the slowness of summer.

Professionally, I can unpack a special educational resource that has been sitting on my desk for a while. During the school year I’ll open it up from time to time, glance at a few of the tables or figures, maybe even read an excerpt from a chapter that looks immediately helpful. I’ve wanted to read it in its entirety, but I also want to give it in my undivided attention. That means reading it with a pen in hand to document my thinking in the margins and write a post or two on my blog as a reaction.

This summer, I am fortunate enough to have eight other literacy leaders join me in a summer book club. We will be reading Becoming a Literacy Leader: Supporting Learning and Change by Jennifer Allen (Stenhouse, 2016). This is the second edition of Jennifer’s resource, described on the back cover as a “thoughtful, reflective evolution of her work as she rethinks how her identity and role as a literacy leader have evolved in the ten year’s since she wrote the first edition”.

As we read the text, we will also be sharing our reactions and reflections at the now-collaborative blog Reading by Example (www.readingbyexample.com).  Our timeline will run from early July through the end of August. Our goal is to become more knowledgeable about literacy and leadership through our readings, our writings, and through the conversations via the blog post comments and on social media. Bringing multiple perspectives to a single resource should increase our capacities as literacy leaders: diversity is effective in changing thinking.

Becoming a Literacy Leader is not a book for only instructional coaches and literacy specialists. Anyone in a school can become a leader of literacy. As Franki Sibberson and Karen Szymusiak note in the foreword, “this book as implications for all school leaders – principals, coaches, support staff, central office administrators, and teachers – as we work to make meaning together, to learn, and to grow” (xii). Through this summer reading (and writing) experience, we too look to examine our successes and challenges as Jennifer’s resource guides us in this shared literacy/leadership/learning experience.

Add comment July 12th, 2017

See you in Orlando at ILA 2017!

2017 tote bag mockup

We hope to see you soon in Orlando during this year’s ILA conference. You will find us at booth #201 and we are excited to show off our new booth design!

Stop by to browse our titles (including several brand new ones like Strategies That Work, Third Edition; Mentor Texts, Second Edition; and Renew…), and pick up one of our new tote bags. And as always, we offer a 25% educator discount and free shipping on all orders.

Several of our authors will be available at our booth for Meet & Chats – you can see our full signing schedule below and download the full sessions schedule here.

Saturday:
10:30 – Shawna Coppola (Renew!)
Noon – Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (Strategies That Work, Third Edition)

Sunday:
9:45 a.m. – Ruth Culham (Dream Wakers)
10:00 – Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis (Strategies That Work, Third Edition)
11:00- Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris (Who’s Doing the Work?)
Noon- Katrin Blamey and Katherine Beauchat (Starting Strong)
12:30 – Janiel Wagstaff (We Can Do This!)
1:00- Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli (Mentor Texts, Second Edition)
2:00 – Katie Cunningham (Story)
3:30 – Brian Kissel (When Writers Drive the Workshop)

Monday:
9:30 – Steven Layne (In Defense of Read Aloud)

Add comment July 10th, 2017

The Your Turn Lesson

GOOD NEW Lynne & Diane

Diane and Lynne

The Your Turn lesson is a solid plan for instruction. Following the gradual release of responsibility model put forth by Lev Vygotsky, the sequence of instruction moves methodically and meaningfully from teacher control to student independence. (Lynne Dorfman)

In a recent post on her blog, Lynne Dorfman, coauthor of Mentor Texts (with Rose Cappelli), Grammar Matters (with Diane Dougherty), talks about how the “I Do, We Do, You Do” structure of Your Turn lessons supports students on their road to independence. Lynne and Diane regularly share bonus Your Turn lessons that you can put to use in your classroom right away:

Your Turn Lesson: The Colon

Your Turn Lesson: Using Transitions

Be sure to check their website regularly for new lessons, anecdotes from the classroom, and other tips and ideas for your teaching practice.

Add comment June 14th, 2017

Opportunities to learn with and from Stenhouse authors

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Some great opportunities this summer to meet and learn with Stenhouse authors:

  • Catch up with Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris, Christopher Danielson, Jennifer McDonough, Julie Ramsay, Jessica Shumway, Janiel Wagstaff, Mark Weakland, and Rick Wormeli at the SDE National Conference in Las Vegas July 10-14. Select from various strands based on grade level from K-2, Differentiated Instruction, or Math and find your favorite Stenhouse books at the in conference bookstore. Register on the SDE website.
  • Stenhouse authors Ruth Culham, Franki Sibberson, Pete Lourie and David Somoza, Ruth Ayres, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan, Lee Ann Spillane, and Debbie Miller will be at the All Write Institute in Indiana, June 22-24:
  • Register now for Debbie Diller’s Summer Institute in Houston, TX, July 14 & 15, focusing on “Growing Independent Readers, Writers, and Thinkers”:
  • Shawna Coppola, author of Renew! How to Become a Better—and More Authentic—Writing Teacher, will be teaching at the New Hampshire Literacy Institute summer program July 31-August 4 in Durham, NH. Her session is titled “Writing, Redefined: Honoring the Compositional Work of ALL Students.” She talks about her workshop a little bit in a recent post on the Stenhouse Blog.
    Click here to sign up.
  • Join hundreds of teachers across the country who are reading Tracy Zager’s new book Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You’d Had. The book study will continue through the summer on Voxer and Twitter.
  • Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris will be holding a six-week online class focusing on their book Who’s Doing the Work July 3-August 13. You can also catch them in person in Fergus Falls, MN on Friday, June 23:

Watch this space for new about our authors and signings during this year’s ILA conference!

Add comment June 12th, 2017

Now online: Renew!

Renew“Relax and enjoy an afternoon’s reflection on how to break out of rigid prescriptions and orthodoxies that limit writing instruction.”
-Thomas Newkirk, from the foreword of Renew!

Shawna Coppola’s new book Renew! is built on the premise that our students are ever-changing. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with relying on instructional strategies that have worked in the past, Shawna challenges writing teachers to rethink and revise their practice regularly.

Shawna uses a framework of Rethinking, Revising, and Renewing to examine the most pervasive educational practices in writing instruction and to help ask the questions necessary to revise them so that they are effective for all students. She goes on to examine some of the most ubiquitous practices, including what it means to write, the tools typically used to teach writing, and how writing is often assessed. She also offers ideas for how teachers can nurture their own writing lives and thus reinvigorate their teaching.

Order your copy now after previewing the entire text online!

Add comment May 15th, 2017

Which One Doesn’t Belong? Wins Mathical Award

Which One Doesn't Belong w awardChristopher Danielson, a mathematics author, teacher, and curriculum developer from Minnesota, has won the Mathical Prize for his book, Which One Doesn’t Belong? A Shapes Book.

The award will be presented to Danielson on April 22 by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at the National Math Festival in Washington, DC. Danielson won the award in the Grades 3-5 category.

“For a number of years I have longed for a better shapes book,” said Danielson. “I wanted a shapes book that gives space for noticing relationships, asking questions, and thinking together,” said Danielson. “I designed Which One Doesn’t Belong? to be an invitation to a mathematical conversation.”

The book–which is intended to be used by children, parents, and teachers–features sets of four shapes with the recurring question, “which one doesn’t belong?’ Any of the shapes can be the right answer; the key is getting kids to justify their answer in their own language. The school version comes with an extensive teacher’s guide, including an “answers key” that describes one possible argument that can be made for each shape in the book. Which One Doesn’t Belong? and the teacher’s guide can both be ordered from Stenhouse.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? encourages children to use mathematical thinking to explore new concepts,” wrote the committee who awarded the prize. “The layout is brilliant and in classroom testing, children were active readers, enthusiastic to share their insights and justifications in the discussion. Perhaps the best feature is that questions have no single, simple answer!”

Danielson has worked with math learners of all ages—12 year-olds in his former middle school classroom, Calculus students at Normandale Community College, teachers in professional development, and young children and their families at Math On-A-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair. He designs curriculum at Desmos. He is the author of Common Core Math For Parents For Dummies, the shapes book Which One Doesn’t Belong?, and the forthcoming counting book How Many? He blogs about teaching on Overthinking My Teaching, and for parents at Talking Math with Your Kids. He earned his B.A. in mathematics from Boston University, his M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Michigan State University.

The Mathical Book Prize is organized by MSRI in partnership with the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Add comment April 21st, 2017

Stenhouse author workshops near you

Catch one of your Stenhouse authors at a workshop or conference near you!

State of Maryland International Reading Association Council Annual Conference
March 29-31
Jeff Anderson * Jennifer Roberts * Lee Ann Spillane * Julie Ramsay

NCSM Annual Conference
April 3
San Antonio, TX
Lucy West * Tracy Zager * Mike Flynn * Nancy Anderson * Ruth Parker * Cathy Humphreys * Chris Moynihan * Allison Hintz.

NCTM Annual Conference
April 5
San Antonio, TX
Anne Collins * Linda Dacey * Lucy West *  Christopher Danielson *  Mike Flynn * Elham Kazemi * Chris Confer * Chris Moynihan * Kassia Omohundro Wedekind * Jessica Shumway * Tracy Zager * Nancy Anderson

Massachusetts Reading
April 6
Jeff Anderson * Steven Layne * Clare Landrigan & Tammy Mulligan * Katie Cunningham * Jennifer Jacobson

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, “The 2 Sisters”
April 22, San Jose, CA: Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 Frameworks
April 23, San Jose, CA: CAFE: Assessment to Instruction
May 6, Chicago, IL: Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 Frameworks
May 7: Chicago, IL: CAFE: Assessment to Instruction

For more dates through the summer in Orlando, Denver, Tacoma, Pittsburgh, and other cities, visit: http://www.the2sisters.com/Workshops.html

Stephanie Harvey
May 17
Allen, TX
“Content Literacy Lessons for Comprehension Toolkits”

Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris
May 23
Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ
“How should I teach reading next year?”

Debbie Diller
May 24 & 25
Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
“Growing Independent Literacy Learners”

Debbie Diller’s Summer Institute
July 14 & 15
Houston, TX
“Growing Independent Readers, Writers, and Thinkers with Debbie Diller”

Shawna Coppola
New Hampshire Literacy Institute
July 31-August 4
“Writing, Redefined: Honoring the Compositional Work of ALL Students”

Add comment March 28th, 2017

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