Education, learning, Literacy, social justice

ICYMI: Let’s All Get Woke: Talking About Race with Elementary Students

Hello colleagues! This past weekend, The Educator Collaborative held their annual EdCollabGathering, a FREE day of professional learning by a variety of distinguished educators all around the world. Aeriale Johnson, Kathy Collins and I had the pleasure of presenting about ways we might incorporate discussions around race with students in our schools and classrooms and… Continue reading ICYMI: Let’s All Get Woke: Talking About Race with Elementary Students

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A Well-Balanced Diet

New post on the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA)’s blog. Looking forward to speaking at their annual conference in February!

CCIRA Professional Development Blog

By Shawna Coppola, 2019 CCIRA Featured Speaker

I am often asked by colleagues how to help their students break out of comfortable habits as readers and writers in order to facilitate new discoveries, provide greater challenge, and broaden their horizons. As someone who enjoys the security and steadfastness of reading the same kinds of texts (memoir, true crime, YA) and writing within a limited pool of forms and genres (memoir, essays, comics), I understand both students’ desire to stick with what’s “working” for them as well as teachers’ desire–and often, the outside pressure–to nudge students toward a more “well-rounded” reading and writing identity.

It is important to tread lightly when doing this work. Many of the literacy giants whose shoulders we continue to stand on have made a rock-hard case for providing students with lots of choice around their reading and writing (Guthrie & Humenick, 2014, Kittle, 2013; Krashen, 2011…

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books, Education, Literacy, reading, writing

My Latest #TheEdCollab Blog Post

Hello colleagues--happy summer! Just recently I had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Carla España on a blog post for The Educator Collaborative's Community Blog. It is a response to a gorgeous new book for all ages by Minh Lê and Dan Santat called Drawn Together (2018) that I highly recommend you ask your school librarian to… Continue reading My Latest #TheEdCollab Blog Post