Helping Your children Prepare for School

By Scholastic, Special for  USDR

Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education, and media company, is releasing three essential professional books covering reading, family and community engagement, and writing for K–12 educators as they prepare for returning to school this fall: From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers by Stephanie Harvey and Annie WardPowerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success by Dr. Karen L. MappIlene Carver, and Jessica Lander, and The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose & Play by Ralph  Fletcher.

These professional titles, which promote Scholastic Education’s commitment to a high-quality, core literacy curriculum, provide educators with rich and practical guidance around reading, connecting families and schools, and writing, to help students reach their full potential. To learn more about Scholastic Professional, visit:

From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers by Stephanie Harvey and Annie  Ward

  • Literacy experts Stephanie Harvey, President of Stephanie Harvey Consulting, and Annie Ward, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Mamaroneck Union Free School District in Westchester County, NY, demonstrate how to effectively assess and support striving readers so that they can become thriving readers. K–8 educators will learn how to use detailed, formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enables students to find books that they love and engage in voluminous reading. This professional resource incorporates ready-to-go lessons, practices, and action steps as well as research that will help educators gain an understanding of the reading process, use strength-based performance data, and implement knowledge of high-quality instruction. The book also comes with an extensive online resource bank with downloadable assessments, “Top Ten” guides to share with parents and administrators, and video clips of reading conferences and book talks. Available October 2017 with pre-orders open now:

Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success by Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Ilene Carver, and Jessica  Lander

  • Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, Dr. Karen L. Mapp, collaborates with Boston, MA educators Ilene Carver and Jessica Lander to compose a guide highlighting the critical need for engagement between schools and families. The book urges K–12 educators to evaluate their own core values and develop the mindset necessary for fostering respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with families to support student learning. Educators will also have access to an online resource bank that can be used for planning professional learning opportunities for educators and family engagement events throughout the school year. Available now:

The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose & Play by Ralph  Fletcher

  • Educator, speaker, and award-winning author of best-selling education professional books as well as titles for children and young adults, Ralph Fletcher, presents The Writing Teacher’s Companion, a practical guidebook to create, launch, and sustain an effective writer’s workshop in K–8 classrooms for both new and veteran teachers. The new book emphasizes how encouraging choice, purpose, and play in writing will help students find their voices and become strong and passionate writers. Fletcher offers additional instructional guidance via video clips available in an online resource bank. Available now:

“The range of comprehensive resources from Scholastic Professional offers educators in-depth support from some of the world’s top education experts while helping them meet the diverse needs of their students,” said Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education. “These new professional books from Stephanie HarveyAnnie WardRalph Fletcher, Dr. Karen L. Mapp, and her co-authors, Ilene Carver and Jessica Lander, offer powerful tools and insights that will help students and their families engage in meaningful reading, writing, and learning  year-round.”

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