“Let us remember: one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." — Malala Yousafzei Growing up with dyslexia was a challenge but what I most clearly remember are the successes. I attribute much of this to my dad’s dedication to my education and reading skills.
March is full of celebrations of reading, particularly those that encourage us to share our love of reading with others. It's National Reading Month, kicking off with Dr. Seuss' birthday and NEA's Read Across America Day. At Curriculum Pathways, we're celebrating reading every day—developing literacy and early reading skills is
As a high school English teacher, I faced a dilemma every February. Throughout the year, I assigned texts by African American writers, including Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston. After all, their voices were central to any discussion of American literature. For Black History Month, however,
Reading has been a part of who I am as far as I can remember. I loved listening to books as a curious child and enjoyed an audience when learning to read on my own. During grad school research, I often found myself curiously digging into one topic that led
As the new school year gets under way, you may be looking to ease your students back into English language arts. Here are a few ways that Curriculum Pathways can help. Check out Crio! Ready to give shape to some new ideas about novels or writing types you will be
Active (close, engaged) reading involves analyzing the meaning and context of new content. According to ASCD, the goal of close reading is to uncover many layers of meaning. But first students must grasp the functional meaning of each word and reference in the text. Writing centers at George Mason and many other universities offer
A few years back my daughter and her husband announced that a great job would be taking them from the North Carolina of their birth to upstate New York. Now, if you know anything about the demographics of North Carolina over the past decade or more, you will identify this
That exciting #edtech day is finally here! The new iPads are unboxed, charged, and configured. The only question left is where to begin? Of course the best answer involves ongoing professional development and a good school-wide education technology plan. And that's no secret. Well-planned and resourced professional development is the
We've updated Read Aloud, and there's a lot to be excited about. In particular, check out these new features: Sharing Read Aloud recreates the storytime experience even when we're apart. Do your grandchildren live across the country? Kids, is your parent deployed? Teachers, do you want voice recordings of your
The popular flipped classroom approach features students watching a teacher’s video lecture at home and working on practice problems in class. We want to stretch that model by giving students online tools that streamline the challenging steps in the close reading process. Following the case study approach used in Curriculum
The 250+ document-based lessons in Explore: Primary Sources have a new feature! You probably knew that this rich collection of historically contextualized primary sources (many with audio and images) spans four centuries and provides comprehension questions to encourage active reading and analysis. And you no doubt also knew that the collection
Winter is over, and it’s time to soak in the sunshine vitamin. Many activities usually done in the classroom can be modified and conducted outdoors. The benefits of outdoor learning are well documented. Research shows exposure to the natural world is important to children’s social, psychological, intellectual, and physical health. Equally
As a PreK-5 reading specialist, I know the excitement and challenges a new school year will bring. Teachers are building relationships with students, setting up routines and procedures to create engaging literacy-rich environments that promote student choice and collaboration. During the first month, I'll be working to set up teacher and
While students who just took the SAT wait a few excruciating months for their scores, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the College Board’s 2016 SAT changes. We believe some key logistical and pedagogical elements of the redesign are good for both students and teachers. Here’s why. First, let's
Mobile is at the forefront of our edtech development here at SAS Curriculum Pathways—not simply because it's the hottest emerging hardware technology entering classrooms around the world, but because of the exciting possibilities it brings to traditional learning environments. We’ve known for years that simply dropping off hardware in the classroom
There is no shortage of research pointing to the importance of parental engagement in a child’s education. Proactive engagement in reading and math activities is especially important in the preschool years to prepare young students for kindergarten. It's no surprise the Office of Educational Technology recommends creating apps that encourage
We've shared at length our resources for your iPad, but we're happy to announce our new Chromebook apps! Writing Navigator Writing Navigator is a suite of four tools, one for each step in the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. Each tool offers numerous instructional features that help students create an effective
Mobile devices are arriving in classrooms around the world in soaring numbers. Chromebooks and iPads are everywhere – from 1:1 programs to BYOD to carts classes can share. Why is that important? Because these devices have the power to change the classroom, provided teachers have the right integration strategies and lesson
Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood is one of those rare books people describe as “impossible to put down” that really is (figuratively) impossible to put down. As an English teacher, I found a marked increase in student participation when I substituted Capote’s “nonfiction novel” for one of the canonical works in
In and around 3rd grade, students make a significant transition: rather than learning to read, they begin reading to learn. That transition has classroom implications as well: instead of teaching students how to read, we instead expect them to use their (assumed) reading skills to acquire new information on their own (e.g., reading
T.S. Eliot opens his poem The Waste Land by famously calling April the “cruellest month.” But for me, January has always offered up its own special form of cruelty. The holiday celebrations have come and gone, the days have frozen and withered into darkness, and the New Year is already
Two of our most powerful interactive tools—Writing Reviser and Punctuation Rules!—become even more powerful when used in tandem. Indeed they are designed to be used that way. Both products use natural language processing, so they respond to each student’s own work, not generic examples in which the student has no investment.
Reading Records is your solution for conducting running records of reading. With its many time-saving features and tools for individualizing reading instruction, what are you waiting for? Get started today using these four simple steps. Get more information about creating your free Curriculum Pathways account. Have a suggestion for our next release?
Since our initial release, we've talked with teachers and reading specialists from across the country about ways to improve Reading Records, our popular, cross-platform solution to running records of reading. The overall consensus: “Wow, this is great, but we want more!” So, here’s what you can expect from the latest
Curriculum Pathways supports English Language Learner (ELL) instruction, which we consider to be one of today’s most important educational challenges. Imagine walking into a classroom where you are not only the new kid but the new kid who can’t understand what others are saying. Imagine being the teacher trying to
This is the second in a series detailing how SAS Curriculum Pathways supports the Advanced Placement curriculum. For an introduction and overview, check out this earlier post. One of the joys of teaching Advanced Placement English is helping students learn to analyze and write about complex texts. Whether you ask them to
Running records of students’ reading are considered a valuable source of data for reading instruction, but also a significant time sink and generally tricky to administer. Reading Records is an anytime, anywhere solution that promises to yield the same valuable data without compromising precious class time (while providing several enhancements to the old paper-and-pencil method).
National Reading Day promotes a love of reading and a lifetime of learning. Encouraging a strong reading foundation is at the heart of this event, which focuses on pre-K through 3rd-grade students. At SAS, we are developing tools to help parents, teachers, and students build this foundation. Our first reading app,
If you've been following the news lately, you may have heard a lot of debate about the academic profiles of college athletes. In a recent report published by CNN, Mary Willingham, a learning specialist at UNC, argued that from 2004 to 2012 a large number of athletes were reading far