Tag Archives: tweens

Three ways to build authentic reading communities with tweens and teens

When we talk about sharing in a reading community, what images come to mind? Chances are you picture small children either gathered on a colorful classroom rug or cuddled up with a picture book and a grown-up before bedtime. But what happens when those little ones get bigger? Decades of research have shown us that […]

Oakland Schools

Our Kids Know Something We Don’t…

UPDATE: Click to view the PRESENTATION, or to download the HELP SHEET! Our kids know something we don’t… It’s been part of their world for as long as they can remember… It powers their communication, their school work, their friendships, their love life… Sometimes it TURNS on them with global force. Sometimes they unleash it on themselves… Because […]

Opening the Door: Talking Truth about Teen Suicide

As a parent, I find myself in the surreal position of writing a blog post tragically initiated by the suicide of a local 8th-grader… Perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised; according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death in the USA for those ages 15 to 24. […]