Blogs tagged "college and career readiness"

Summer Reading 2016

“Gotchur Nose, Kid.” Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading mural, May 18, 2006.
“This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, chapter 4.Summer is the perfect time to dive into classic stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts, including foundational documents of American government and history and works by the great thinkers.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Emerson for the Classroom

Emersons "Old Manse" in Concord, MA
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."—Ralph Waldo EmersonRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

The value of mixed media for English Language Arts

“The arts have a central and essential role in achieving the finest aspects of the common core……the standards call on so many things the arts do well. The tradition of careful observation, attention to evidence and artists’ choices, the love of taking an artist’s work seriously lies at the heart of these standards.” – David Coleman, American for the Arts Read More »

Beatrix Potter: author for the elementary set

Beatrix Potter with father and brother, 1894
“College and career readiness begins in the primary grades. With the right tools, we can build close reading skills even with our youngest readers.”—Nancy Boyles, graduate reading program coordinator for Southern Connecticut State UniversityRead More »
Categories Closer Readings

Getting to "The Heart of the Matter" with EDSITEment

The humanities and social sciences are not merely elective, nor are they elite or elitist. … They are critical to our pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness, as described by our nation’s founders. —The Heart of the Matter ReportIt sometimes seems that the education community’s emphasis on STEM and the utilitarian case for a college education has not only left the humanities without a place at the education table but has pushed them out the door where they stand shivering in the cold!Read More »
Categories Closer Readings