Category Archives: Back to School

Celebrate diversity with me!

So pleased to announce that my new book– Dream Wakers, Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture— is now out and available across the country, from Stenhouse Publishers. I encourage everyone to make sure students of all backgrounds have access to high-quality, culturally diverse texts and … Continue reading

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Read the Writing, Teach the Writer

Join me in Atlanta in October for a hands-on workshop! As writing instruction continues to evolve, I’m committed to ensuring educators like you are prepared to meet their writing goals. That’s why I want to personally invite you to attend … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Ruth Culham

If I try to read at night, I fall asleep and wake up at about 2:00 AM with my glasses askew and the book or journal on the floor. I read on the plane — which is the best part of flying — or … Continue reading

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A Passionate Plea

If you haven’t read this magnificent rebuttal to the Time magazine cover calling teachers“Rotten Apples” click and go there right now. Thank you Nancy F. Chewning, Assistant Principal, Roanoke, Virginia for such a voice-filled, passionate plea for teachers to become … Continue reading

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UPDATE THAT LINK!

Hi Folks! We have simplified the search name for our FACEBOOK page to make it easier for all. If you have linked to it [on your mobile device, or your website, or your bookmarks, for example]  you should UPDATE THAT LINK to … Continue reading

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Common Core, Modes, Traits and Everyday Texts

Your school is probably in full-blown Common Core State Standards mania. Or, if your state didn’t adopt the Common Core, the pressure is likely building to meet and exceed your state standards. Either way, teaching writing and helping students make … Continue reading

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Join the Conversation

Did you know that Traits Writing has its own Facebook Page? It’s a great way to connect with other teachers and professionals, get the latest news, and to weigh in with your own thoughts and suggestions. Join the conversation at … Continue reading

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