44 – Identity-Affirming Curriculum for Black Youth (w Kaya Henderson)

Natalie Vardabasso#EduCrush Podcast

Traditional curriculum does not situate Black youth in a positive light and Kaya Henderson is on a quest to do something about it. Kaya is perhaps best known for serving as Chancellor of DC Public Schools from 2010-2016 and as the co-host of “Pod Save the People” podcast. Now, she is the co-founder and CEO of Reconstruction, a technology company … Read More

Activating Agency to Grow Readers

Natalie Vardabasso#EduCrush Podcast

Why do so many teenagers hate reading? Renowned author and Literacy advocate Penny Kittle believes it has everything to do with a lack of “book love” and that teachers have the capacity to ignite it. On the episode, she connects with Natalie to discuss how to expose students to a wide variety of books, conference to unlock the reading life, … Read More

Mid Year PD Book Recommendations for Your Reading Block

Eva Mireles3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, The Reading Teacher's Playbook Podcast, Upper Elementary

Listen in as: Share two professional book recommendations for this time of year. Teachers are lifelong learners and as such you are always on the lookout for books and skills to add to your toolbox. I talk about: -Thinking through when to add new tools to your teacher tool box -Adding read aloud with accountable talk to your whole group … Read More

Reset Your Reading Block Anytime Of Year

Eva Mireles3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, The Reading Teacher's Playbook Podcast, Upper Elementary

Listen in as: I share tips about ways to reset your reading block any time of the year, because let’s face it, any time of year is a good time to reset your reading block. I talk about: -Celebrating your wins -Resetting your goals if something is not working -Staying the course if things are going well -Helping your classroom … Read More

How To Get Your Students To Love Reading Pt.2

Eva Mireles3rd grade teacher, 4th grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, Blog, The Reading Teacher's Playbook Podcast, Upper Elementary

Listen in as: I share part two of a two part series about how a love of reading is cultivated in a classroom. Part two of this series is all about how a love of reading is taught. I talk about: -What to teach your students to do first -Teaching students how to think about their reading -Giving students a … Read More