Thursday, December 2, 2021
Announcements

Sign up for new U.S. Postal Service Pen Pal Project

The U.S. Postal Service is working with WeAreTeachers to introduce The USPS Pen Pal Project, a free educational program for students in grades 3-5 during the 2021-2022 school year.

On-demand writing isn’t a product, it’s a skill

On-demand writing is called “on demand” because of when it is done and how it is done. “On demand” is not the product itself.
Learning

Keys to an effective writing program: Disciplinary literacy

Education researchers have begun to refine the concept of how content reading and writing differs from disciplinary literacy.
Stacy Crawford Bewley

Teaching grammar with authentic texts

Bullitt County's Stacy Crawford Bewley shares what she uses to help her students focus on writing, particularly on grammar and mechanics.

Kentucky Text Set Project connects teachers and books

The Kentucky Text Set Project is intensive training designed to help teachers begin creating challenging, grade-level specific texts sets over a variety of engaging literacy and literary topics.
Learning

The challenge of summarizing expository text in intermediate grades

The ability to summarize informational text in a clear, concise manner does not come easily to all students. This high-level skill is particularly daunting for students who struggle with reading, oral language and attention.
Spotlight

Feedback: A recipe for future action

KDE's Teresa Rogers explains how teachers can craft their feedback to help students improve, rather than shutting down.

Strategic Education Research Partnership offers free literacy resources

The Strategic Education Research Partnership offers free tools for educators to help them teach word recognition, fluency and vocabulary in today’s classrooms.
Picture of a young boy reading a book in a library.

KDE kicks off summer learning initiative to promote literacy and mathematics

The Kentucky Department of Education has launched its Summer Boost: Reading and Mathematics Program, along with a series of Summer Support webpages, in partnership with The Children’s Reading Foundation, Scholastic and the Summer Food Service Program.
Jennifer Wilcox

Small group phonological awareness instruction

Hardin County's Jennifer Wilcox shares her tips for how she keeps reading instruction focused during small group rotations.