Netflix for English Teachers–15 Nights of PD via Facebook Live

ELA live 15 days of PD on FB

What’s the most ridiculous PD experience you’ve had? My funniest was my first day as brand-spanking-new teacher after 2 years of preparation….The district curriculum director gathered all the new recruits for the district into a small conference room and trapped us there.  All. Day. Ok, I bet you’re thinking…”I’ve had to do that. That’s no […]

Join the Spring Forward 25-Day Challenge!

daisies in flower can spring forward challenge

Are you counting down the days till summer break? Who’s not, right? With over-testing, kids’ spring fever, students who are not progressing as we hoped, and the arrival of warm, blue skies, we may be a tad less effective in our teaching in the last few weeks and days. I know I’ve gotten too worn-down […]

Wondering what happened to our star Kindergarten struggling reader by the end of the 5-day challenge?

Catch up in less than 5 minutes with this day-by-day tour his accomplishments during our special event, Level Up Your Struggling Readers’ Accomplishments in Just 5 Days. Recall that he began the 5-day challenge knowing 6 consonants and no short vowels. He also couldn’t segment CVC words, initially.

In just 12 minutes a day, he was able to skyrocket through what other programs would have taken months to accomplish with similar struggling readers with 1 of our core activities, Switch It. You, too, can save instructional time AND boost student achievement when you participate in our Reading Simplified Academy membership.

Learn more here.

Reading Simplified Academy logoWe will be having another Challenge–to Level Up Your Readers’ Achievement in the Next 5 Days–soon. If you don’t want to miss the next one, please enter your name and email below:


Either way, what seems different about Switch It that might help your students?  (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

3 Unexpected Delights at the ILA Conference 2015

We were so honored and excited to present for a pre-conference institute at the International Literacy Association’s (ILA) annual conference in St. Louis last weekend. We shared to an eager audience of teachers a handful of key reading strategies that we use with beginning and struggling readers. Christie and I both had to rush back more […]