E.L.Konigsburg 1930-2013

April 25, 2013

“The adventure is over. Everything is over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you.”
~From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler

An Award Honoring the Teacher

April 24, 2013

The Minerva Prize, aptly named for the Roman Goddess of wisdom is long overdue and illuminates just how significant excellent teachers are in the life of a child.  “Only Connect”, an imperative for making ties toward understanding and compassion is at the heart of education. By rewarding superior teachers for their excellence and inspirational qualities […]


April is Poetry Month—Here is a poem to share with someone who thinks they don’t like poetry.

April 2, 2013

Do we really need to ask ourselves why too many people, young and old, don’t like poetry? Poetry has been treated poorly with the constant demand to analyze and examine. Why not treat a poem as it wishes to be treated—as a gift which delights the senses. Enjoy the way the words sound, the way […]


The most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is the extent to which that student’s family is able to become involved in their children’s education at school.

March 11, 2013

Working in different school communities around the US allows me to see the benefits of schools giving parents a clear directive of what their involvement means by stating clear objectives with well-defined expectations. Objective: ~ Teach parents HOW to Conversationally Read with their children ~ Make sure parents understand how Conversational Reading will help their […]


Best parenting practices to help children acquire high level literacy skills

March 7, 2013

Reading aloud develops a child’s brain. Read to your newborn; even babies benefit from being read to. Make reading aloud part of your family routine. Read to your child at least once a day. Minimize the distractions of all technological devices. Let the child choose the books. Help children find the books they want to […]


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