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The book cover for Literacy 101

Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Literacy 101

BY DAVID BOOTH

Using his customary frank style, David Booth writes clearly and succinctly about what has and has not worked for him during his many decades of teaching. In this wide-ranging overview of literacy education, he outlines the many definitions of what literacy means and looks like.

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The book cover for Becoming a Literacy Leader

Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Becoming a Literacy Leader

BY JENNIFER ALLEN

A decade ago, teacher Jennifer Allen published a book analyzing her early days as a new literacy specialist for an American school district. Now she’s back with a second edition in which she rethinks and broadens her take on literacy leadership.

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The Book cover for Symptoms of Being Human

Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Symptoms of Being Human

BY JEFF GARVIN
Jeff Garvin does an incredible job delving not only into the thoughts and life of a teenager struggling with school and relationships, but a teenager who struggles with gender identity and finally finds a term that feels right for him/her/themselves. Some days, Riley Cavanaugh feels like a girl. Other days, Riley feels like a boy. And yet others, Riley feels like neither. Riley’s new term to describe the self inside is “gender fluid.”

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The book cover for Lit Up

Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

Lit Up

BY DAVID DENBY

Being disconnected from the online world makes teens anxious, says David Denby in his introduction to Lit Up. Reading a book — paper or electronic — cuts them off from their phones, from their friends, from everything that matters in their world. For teens, being connected means being alive. How then do we create a love of reading in our students?

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The book cover for The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner

Originally published in the September 2017 issue of Professionally Speaking.

The Four Roles of the Numerate Learner

BY MARY FIORE AND MARIA LUISA LEBAR

Teaching the big ideas in the Grade 1 to 8 math curriculum is the primary aim of this highly practical how-to guide. Teachers familiar with the four roles of the literate learner will recognize the template defining the roles that students must play to become literate: “meaning maker,” “code user,” “text user” and “text analyzer.”

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