Practical Classroom Solutions
Books That Inspire Kids to Become Readers
Literacy coaching and consulting, engaging fiction and nonfiction, author visits, writing workshops & more!
Jinkies! New books are here! My four new Scooby-Doo books add to the popular Scooby series and give young readers another way of learning about world famous archeological sites and the people who once inhabited them. I loved writing these books because I enjoy thinking about far away places and other ways of life. Also on the writing front, I'm working diligently on a new set of biographies for Capstone Press, a set of high interest/low reading level dinosaur books for Black Rabbit Books (I'm very happy to be working with them), and, for Stenhouse Publishing, a Spelling Starter Kit, which is a book of ideas, centers, and lessons that compliment Super Spellers.
On the road again... The first half of 2018 is shaping up to be a busy presentation year. In January I'll be leaving the frigid north to give four sessions at SDE’s 2nd & 3rd grade Conference in San Marco, Texas. Next, I'm excited to present on spelling instruction (and how it can help struggling learners) at the Title I National Conference in Philadelphia. There I also do a number of book signings. In March I'll visit the midwest and give spelling seminars on behalf of the Institute for Educational Development. Finally, it's back to Texas in March, where I will present on spelling with Dr. Richard Gentry. I look forward to learning a lot, seeing a bit of the country, and joining with teachers as we all do our best to educate our country's children.
My 2017-2018 collaboration with Capital Area IU and Lincoln IU is drawing to a close. On behalf of the IUs, I have been working this fall and winter to help teachers in non-public schools strengthen their reading and writing programs and their instructional methods. I've been so impressed with the teachers' willingness to implement programs, strategies, and instructional techniques that are new to them. Being a part of this professional development effort has been exciting, mostly because I know that many children in Harrisburg are learning more than ever before.