Category Archives: Learnings and Research

Why We Need Stories

By Joe Novara   Recently I heard that the Bushmen of the Kalahari spend a mere fifteen hours a week gathering food. The rest of the time they tell stories and interact. That sounds like fun—a kind of early retirement for the whole tribe. More to the point, I wondered how a people could spend…
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Beautiful Books – A Reading Diversely Project

By: Wendy M. McDonald   In recent years, there’s been a strong push throughout the KidLit community to bring diverse books to readers. Perhaps you’ve heard of the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books. Their goal is to put books with diverse characters into readers’ hands—books that aren’t always about diversity—though sometimes they are—but that embrace it…
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Six Reasons To Use Comics in Your Classroom

by Lisa Simon, Ph.D. Whether you know it or not, it’s likely that comics already have a significant place in your classroom – in your students’ backpacks and desks and on their phones. Bringing comics into your teaching lets you take advantage of the high interest they engender. It’s also a great way to make…
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Acting to Up the Ante

By Lacey B. Ramsey * This title and the activities described here are deeply influenced by Jeffrey Wilhelm’s wonderful book: “You’ve Gotta Be the Book”: Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents * Teaching is a reflective profession, and every fall I look back on my previous experiences and reflect on what worked and what didn’t.…
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We Are Always More Than Our Test Scores

By Nicole Salvitti and Lisa Simon (for more information on using and writing poems for two voices, click here). As we write, we are adults who have passed successfully through many layers of education (Nicole has her M.S. and Lisa her Ph.D.in literacy education). But, like so many learners, our school histories included painful times…
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What Is Readability? It’s a Friendship in the Form of a Text.

By Nicole Salvitti and Lisa Simon Think about something you read recently. How did you come to read it?  Did it catch your eye and then, after reading a bit, you decided it was worth reading?  Is it something friends or colleagues have been reading and talking about? Did you hear a review that made…
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Story Shares Pilot Studies

Story Shares Pilot Studies We are piloting the Story Shares platform in schools and programs across the country. The Story Shares pilot studies enable us to gather feedback on our literacy solution, which will inform future development and help us to continue evolving Story Shares in a way that meets the needs of readers, educators,…
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Story Shares and the Summer Slide

Story Shares and the Summer Slide By Priya Minhas As summer vacation rapidly approaches, there is no doubt that students and educators alike are looking forward to a few months of downtime to relax and recharge before September rolls around. However, one of the major concerns that arises from this downtime is the ‘summer slide,’…
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What I have Learned

What I have Learned By Priya Minhas I joined Story Shares in October 2014, having previously worked with young adults who struggled to read in both Spain and India. Being an avid reader myself from a young age, seeing young adults denied access to the joy of connecting with a story is something that has…
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