Archive for November, 2012

A chance meeting

Julie D. Ramsay, author of “Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing” was at a dinner during the Arkansas Reading Association’s conference and enjoyed a lively conversation with someone she has never met. That someone turned out to be another Stenhouse author, Steve Layne (Igniting a Passion for Reading). “It’s always nice to meet another member if the Stenhouse family,” Julie wrote, and shared this picture with us of the meeting:

Add comment November 28th, 2012

We are so lucky!

I am sure all of you book-lovers will appreciate this: the Stenhouse office in downtown Portland, Maine is very close — some might say dangerously close — to a lovely local, independent bookstore. During lunch breaks chances are that you will find one or two Stenhouse employees at Longfellow Books. Not that we needed another reason — or any reason at all — to love this bookstore, but then Stenhouse editor Philippa Stratton snapped this picture:

You know where I will be this Saturday!

1 comment November 26th, 2012

What happens in Vegas…

…Does not stay in Vegas. So we are happy to share these photos from this year’s NCTE in Las Vegas. We hope you had a chance to stop by our booth.

Cris Tovani was happy to chat with teachers and sign copies of her new book, So What Do They Really Know?

Debbie Miller signed copies of her book Teaching with Intention while showing off a galley copy of her upcoming book, the second edition of Reading with Meaning.

Patrick Allen and Ann Marie Corgill shared a signing table.

So did Mark Overmeyer (left) and Jeff Anderson.

Kelly Gallagher, surrounded by his books

Kassia Omohundro Wedekind (Math Exchanges) signed her book with her colleagues Katie Keier (left) and Pat Johnson (right), authors of Catching Readers Before They Fall.

Stephanie Harvey (left) and Anne Goudvis talking to teachers

Kimberly Hill Campbell (left) and Kristi Latimer signed together for the first time. They are the authors of Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay.

Tammy Mulligan (left) and Clare Landrigan are brand new Stenhouse authors. Their book Assessment in Perspective is expected in early spring.

Add comment November 20th, 2012

Reporting from AMLE

Judging from the pictures Chandra sent back to the office over the weekend, AMLE was a successful and busy conference. It started out like this:

And ended up like this:

The days went like this:

Stenhouse authors Julie Ramsay and Rick Wormeli sign their books

And like this:

A busy Stenhouse booth

And the evenings were spent like this:

Dinner with the authors (from the left): Matthew Broda, Stenhouse permissions guru Jill Cooley, conference geek Chandra Lowe, editor Holly Holland, and author Herb Broda. In the front is author Julie D. Ramsay.

Add comment November 13th, 2012

See you at the booth!

Chandra, our self-described conference geek and organizer extraordinaire, packed her bags and is ready to go! We always miss Chandra in November when she takes off for her month-long conference circuit including AMLE in Portland, OR, NCTE in Las Vegas, and a regional NCTM conference in Chicago.

We hope that you will come and see us at one of these conferences!

Information about AMLE (Nov. 8-10)

Come to booth #831 to browse our new books, receive 20% off all titles, and pick up your free Why We Teach poster. Here is the lineup of authors signing at the booth:

Rick Wormeli (Fair Isn’t Always Equal, Differentiation, Metaphors & Analogies)
Friday, 9-10 a.m.

Julie Ramsay (“Can We Skip Lunch and Keep Writing?”)
Friday 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Erik Palmer (Well-Spoken and Digitally Speaking)
Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Herb Broda (Schoolyard-Enhanced Learning and Moving the Classroom Outdoors)
Friday, 2-3 p.m.

A must-see at AMLE: Stenhouse editor Holly Holland and author Erik Palmer with be hosting an exhibitor session — #2344 — Friday, Nov. 9, from 2-3:15 p.m. They will be talking about our new line of Read & Watch books.

Download a full list of Stenhouse authors presenting at AMLE.

Information about NCTE (Nov. 15-18)

You will find us at booth #721, where you can see a demonstration of our Read & Watch books, receive a 20% discount on all of our books and videos, and pick up your free Why We Teach poster. Many of our authors will be presenting at NCTE and many of them will also be at our booth to sign their books:

Friday’s Signing Schedule:

Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Terry Campbell, 1-2 p.m.
Michelann Parr, 1-2 p.m.
Debbie Miller, 2-3 p.m.
Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, 3-4 p.m.
Jeff Anderson, 4-5 p.m.
Ann Marie Corgill, 4-5 p.m.
Mark Overmeyer, 4-5 p.m.
Patrick Allen, 4-5 p.m.

Saturday’s Signing Schedule:

Georgia Heard and Jennifer McDonough, 10-11 a.m.
Cris Tovani, 10-11 a.m.
Kate Messner, 11-Noon
Debbie Miller, 12:30-1 p.m.
Tim Gillespie, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Kelly Gallagher, 1-2 p.m.
Terry Thompson, 3-4 p.m.

 Sunday’s Signing Schedule:

Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Pat Johnson and Katie Keier, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Information about NCTM (Nov. 28-30)

You will find us at booth #419, along with our full and expanding line of math books. Stop by to receive a 20% discount on all of our titles and enter to win a $100 gift certificate!

3 comments November 6th, 2012

Read & Watch Books are here!

Imagine reading a description of a teaching technique in a book and then watching a video demonstration—without having to turn the page. Or reading about an effective digital tool and then watching a tutorial where the author shows you how to use it. Or reading how an author used technology to enhance students’ speaking skills and then listening to the students’ presentations. That’s the concept behind the Read & Watch books: to bring together text, graphics, audio and video materials on a single page.

We are excited to launch this new line of books with three titles — all available now for a special introductory price of $18! Click on the links below to check out the books and view a sample chapter from each title.

In Reading Amplified: Digital Tools That Engage Students in Words, Books, and Ideas, you can look over author Lee Ann Spillane’s shoulder at her computer screen or into her classroom as she guides students to deeper reading and engagement with digital tools, ranging from the Google Book search concordance feature to comic strip software. Lee Ann seeks to take the “tedium out of routine tasks we need to teach.” Her instruction is infused with technology that energizes students, but her focus is always on deep learning that motivates them to become passionate and independent readers. “It’s about the teaching, not the tool,” she reminds us. “I do a lot of learning right beside my students.”

With a traditionalist’s respect for word knowledge and an adventurer’s spirit for discovering new routes to learning, Lee Ann Tysseling shares an exciting array of technology-assisted resources that can boost students’ literacy skills and encourage wide reading. In Word Travelers: Using Digital Tools to Explore Vocabulary and Develop Independent Learners, Lee Ann explores engaging resources such as animated semantic networks, instant etymologies, audio pronunciation guides, and word games that battle world hunger. Beyond vetting the best digital resources for vocabulary instruction and assessment, she provides embedded video tutorials and classroom interviews to help you and your students use the same tools tomorrow.

In Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations, author Erik Palmer shows teachers how to turn almost any lesson into an opportunity for students to practice creating and performing a speech with the assistance of technology. All teachers at all grade levels and in all subject areas assign speaking activities — for example, read-alouds, book reports, class discussions, lab results, research presentations, and dialogues in a foreign language. Effective communication is an essential skill in modern society, and the Common Core State Standards place particular emphasis on teaching students to deliver messages well orally and through a range of media. Building on his previous book, Well Spoken, Palmer previews websites and Internet tools that are easy for students and teachers to use and offer a variety of possible classroom applications.

More questions about Read & Watch books? Watch this brief video that shows you their main features:

Add comment November 5th, 2012

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