3 Reading Recommendations

Keeping up with current practices, research, and literature to actively and intentionally inform our practice is one of our responsibilities as literacy teachers and decision makers. Revisiting trusted readings to remind us of our why is also key! This page consists of blogs/articles, professional texts, and children’s books that I’ve recently read (or revisited) and recommend for literacy educators and decision makers.

Current recommendations are listed below. Past recommendations are linked here.

3 Blogs, Articles, or Podcasts

The Sciences of Reading Instruction
from Dr. Rachel E. Gabriel in ASCD’s Educational Leadership Magazine

Three Ways to Exalt Process for Young Writers
from Nawal Qarooni Casiano in The Two Writing Teachers blog

Leveraging What We Know About Learning, Children, and Literacy
from Kristi Mraz and P. David Pearson on the Heinemann Podcast

3 Professional Texts

Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices
by Lorena Escoto Germán

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain
by Zaretta Hammond

Word Study That Sticks
by Pam Koutrakos

3 Children’s Books from My Classroom

We Are Water Protectors
written by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
written by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Young Water Protectors: A Story About Standing Rock
written by Aslan Tudor & Kelly Tudor, designed by Jason Eaglespeaker