Heinemann Digital Campus

Kindergarten Strategies to Meet Everyone's Standards

All kindergartners can learn the alphabetic principle(sound to letter correspondences and vice versa) in the easiest (developmentally appropriate) manner, so it will transfer to writing and reading. The alphabetic principle is a critical important reading standard and foundational skill kindergartners must learn if they are to be writers and readers.

Building Timelines in the Digital Classroom

My personal favorite of the Read Write Think app collection, RWT Timeline, has been recognized as a 2014 Best App for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. This is a well-deserved honor for an organization that has done so much to finally bring language arts instruction for the intermediate and middle school grades into the digital age.

Because Pictures Say a Thousand Words: The Value of Wordless Books

Wordless picture books are great for English language learning classrooms. Those with a limited grasp of the language can create their own stories using the images on the page. The books promote storytelling as everyone can add to the illustrations they see.

Member of the Month: Angelique Kwabenah

Angelique is a reading specialist for DC Public School’s Incarcerated Youth Program.

  • 'RT' and 'JAAL' Editor Searches Open August 1

    Beginning August 1, 2014, the International Reading Association will accept applications for the editorships of The Reading Teacher and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.
  • Response to NCTQ's 2014 Teacher Education Report


    by Peter Afflerbach, Annemarie Sullivan Palinscar, Virginia Goatley, and P. David Pearson
    June 25, 2014

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) issued its second review of teacher preparation programs June 17. We see little in the 2014 report to change our stance from last year regarding their efforts to assess the quality of teacher education for literacy instruction.

  • Technologies for Acquiring and Making Literacy

    In 2013, Nelleke Belo, Susan McKenney, and Joke Voogt conducted a review to further understand research outcomes in the use of technology for early literacy acquisition in the kindergarten classroom.
  • Putting Books to Work: 'Superworm'

    "Superworm" is the story of an ordinary worm who chooses to use his talents in unusual ways. The book has a wonderful sense of rhyme and plays well into repeated reading for the children to join in. The lively, moving story will capture children's attention as the summer time gets closer and help pull them in to reading and activities.
  • Books to Inspire Budding Writers

    This week’s book reviews provide inspiration from varied genres and themes. Using some of these books in the classroom will help students gain a clearer understanding of the issues, think more deeply and establish a better understanding of the world around them.