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09.28.16 A Guide to the Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Field Guide, Part 1: Case Studies

In the weeks since Jen, Joaquin, and I finished wrapping up the Teach Like a Champion Field Guide 2.0, we’ve been gradually recovering from our self-imposed exile amidst pizza boxes and coffee cups in the conference room at TLaCTowers. On more than one occasion, we locked ourselves in this room so that we could devote total…


09.27.16 My Publishers are Donating a Free Reading Reconsidered Workshop Seat

A big thank you to my publishers, Jossey-Bass, who are graciously auctioning off via Twitter the opportunity for one school in the UK–well anywhere, I guess–to attend our Reading Reconsidered workshop for free in London next week. First the Scoop, then the Deal The Scoop:  The two-day workshop will cover topics we discuss int he book…


09.23.16 A Few Minutes with Literacy Expert Tim Shanahan

Tim Shanahan is one of the country’s foremost experts on literacy. He’s a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he founded and directed its Center for Literacy. Though he understands the research on reading as well as anyone in the field, he’s also done plenty of real-world work, having been principal…


09.17.16 Guess What’s Destroying Our Kids’ Love of Learning

I read a fair number of posts and social media comments bemoaning how X or Y is ‘destroying kids’ love of learning’ or ‘destroying their curiosity’ or something similar. When I read them I wonder what data the writers have to support the assertion that kids love learning less or are less curious.  Than when?  How…