Practical Classroom Solutions
Books That Inspire Kids to Become Readers
Literacy coaching and consulting, engaging fiction and nonfiction, author visits, writing workshops & more!
My new collaboration with St. Patrick’s Elementary School in York, Pennsylvania. As part of St. Pat's efforts to strengthen their literacy program, I have been providing model lessons on the RACE writing strategy, Writer’s Workshop, and reading comprehension strategies. After my teaching, the classrooms teachers and I meet to discuss and reflect upon the lessons I presented. Some teachers present lessons of their own. These too are followed by discussion and reflection. My regular contact and coordination with the school’s principal is an important part of the process. I am impressed with everyone’s ability to consider literacy instruction so carefully and thoroughly. We all are learning: teachers, students, principal, and me!
My first novel for middle grade readers is here! Published by Pelican Publishing and available in ebook and paper back, The West End Treehouse Mystery is set (circa 1975) in the West End neighborhood of Johnstown, PA, the place where I grew up. Kids who love a good mystery adventure will love the book. And if you're old enough to have lived through The Bee Gees, Pet Rocks, and The Waltons, you can take a trip down memory lane. See the KID'S BOOKS & MORE tab for more information.