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Posted by Community Manager on April 03 2012 at 2:24 PM
One of my sources for information and inspiration is Oprah.com – my friends and colleagues are sometimes surprised to find out that I read anything but research journals.  But reflecting on gaming, failure, and struggling readings, I find that a common theme is risk-taking.  Here’s a quote from Oprah’s website that I caught my attention.  “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’  If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in…
Posted by Community Manager on March 28 2012 at 3:00 PM
I’m reading more about the benefits of failure.  Anyone who works with struggling students may question how there can be a positive spin on the “failure cycle.” Here’s Scope magazine’s take on it.  The cover story asks “Is Failure the Secret of Success?” This is a paragraph from the article: Part of being successful means having the courage to take a good, hard look at yourself and identify ways to do better next time.  Well, that and a bit of patience.  Sometimes it takes a…
Posted by Community Manager on February 29 2012 at 9:54 AM
For your consideration, as they say in Oscar speak, here are the “100 Greatest Books for Kids” ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.  I was a contributor and while not all of my personal favorites made it, I think it’s a super list for thinking about what books kids should experience (http://www.scholastic.com/100books/).  Here are books from the list that I think are good for kids who have struggled with reading like our READ 180 students: Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s…
Posted by Community Manager on January 24 2012 at 3:35 PM
  Hi, I’m Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer at Scholastic.  We may have met at NSI or you may have read one of my quarterly columns.  I’m so excited to engage with our community more frequently as we launch new blogs. I’ve had the opportunity to teach students from kindergarten to college and like all of you, learned a lot from my experiences. At Scholastic, I’ve been part of the READ 180 story from the very beginning.  As part of the research team, I do my best to…