Armando and the Blue Tarp School

Title: Armando and the Blue Tarp School Authors: Edith Fine and Judith Josephson Publisher: Lee and Low. Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Want a book that infuses culture and compassion, hope and healing into a language arts lesson? Check out Armando and the Blue Tarp School by Edith Hope Fine and Judith […]

Agate: What Good Is a Moose?

Title: Agate: What Good Is a Moose? Authors: Joy Morgan Dey and Nikki Johnson Publisher: Lake Superior Port Cities Inc. Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Digging for a book to help infuse character into a science lesson or vice versa, I recently unearthed this clever rhyming story about an awkwardly gangly moose […]

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Title: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Author: Carol McCloud Publisher: Ferne Press Type: Picture Book Level: Ages 4-8 Pages: 32 Are you looking for a colorful addition to your character collection to inspire a habit of caring in your little sponges? Then check out Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This […]

Are You Culturally Competent to Teach Character?

It is common practice to compare and contrast students in terms of academic ability by race and ethnicity. But what about morality? Many schools are implementing character-education frameworks into their curriculum to meet “essential life skills” standards. To analyze their program’s effectiveness and to receive funding for it, they need data. Too little info can […]

Get Serious About Sustainability

The Industrial Revolution marked the birth of a new era in human history, an economic and social transformation driven by technology, manufacturing, and transportation. It sparked an age of innovation and invention and challenged the limits of human imagination. But at the same time, our young industrial society made reckless, self-serving choices without regard to […]

The Food Crisis, Genetically Modified Crops,

The cost of rice has soared 75 percent in just the past two months, triggering food riots from Haiti to Mexico to Bangladesh to the Philippines. According to the World Bank, the increase could push 100 million people deeper into poverty by as early as next year. Most Americans have never experienced severe hunger, but […]

Engaging English Language Learners

“At that school, 80 percent of students fail basic literacy tests,” my friend exclaimed recently. “That means 80 percent can’t read or write properly. We can’t send our kid to that school, but our only other option is private, and we can’t afford that!” She and her husband are thinking about adopting a child and […]