Background Knowledge: A Key to Reading Comprehension

Background Knowledge: A Key to Reading Comprehension

All children love to become experts!  Whether learning about ancient Egypt in order to understand the latest Rick Riordon title or building knowledge about the spread of germs in a global pandemic, knowledge building is a critical aspect of reading comprehension.  In...
Avoiding Walls and Building Bridges

Avoiding Walls and Building Bridges

In our experience, putting up walls is easier than building bridges . . .  Just not nearly as helpful.  A while back, Marnie Ginsburg of Reading Simplified called us “bridge builders,” referring to the way our work seeks to connect reading communities that are often...
Commitments to Ourselves and Each Other

Commitments to Ourselves and Each Other

Change can be challenging. Especially when you are shifting long-held beliefs and practices. Sometimes regret gets in our way. Sometimes overwhelm. Sometimes fear. And while it is good to acknowledge and make space to process these feelings, camping out with any one...