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ESL Night at Shuford Elementary: A Piece of Cake!

On Thursday, October 9th, Shuford Elementary School’s English as a Second Language (ESL) families were treated to cake and ice cream on the school’s patio at their annual ESL night. Students and families also met in Shuford’s media center as the Media Coordinator, Mrs. Hopper, introduced a former Newton-Conover Middle School student, Linda Santellan, as the guest reader for their bi-lingual ... Read More »

How to Motivate Children with Reading

As educators one of our most important jobs is motivating reluctant readers.  Research shows that students who read have more extensive vocabularies than those who do not.  Readers are also better writers and have a greater knowledge of the world than students who do not. Reading specialist, Jim Trelease, recommends reading aloud to children as the first step in ... Read More »

40 Ways to Read Like a Detective: Supporting Text-Centered Instruction

Are you looking for new ways to work with your students in reading? Check out the 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective. Reading like a detective is about text-centered instruction.  The Common Core State Standards supports this type of reading instruction throughout the three literacy shifts: *Complex text worthy of rereading–close sustained reading *Range and complexity *Reading closely to ... Read More »

An Afternoon with Mary Pope Osborne

The Little Read 2014 Author Saturday, April 5, 2014 P. E. Monroe Auditorium, 12:00 Noon Mary Pope Osborne is a children’s book author. She is known for the highly imaginative and successful Magic Tree House series, which won her a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has published 45 books—soon to be 46—in the series. They have been translated into over 30 languages and sold over ... Read More »

Letterland Trainer Named at South Newton Elementary School

Shannon Mullins is a second grade teacher at South Newton Elementary School.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, and has taught elementary school for seventeen years.  In 2011, she obtained a Master’s degree in Reading Education with an emphasis in Classroom Clinical instruction.  Mrs.Mullins enjoys teaching and has a specific interest in ... Read More »

Read to Achieve Website Launched

North Carolina General Assembly’s Read to Achieve Program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act that became law in July 2012.  The goal of the Read to Achieve program is to ensure that every student reads at third grade level by the end of third grade.  The law outlines that if a student passes the EOG reading test, they ... Read More »

Visual Literacy and the Common Core Workshop at the North Carolina Museum of Art

How is a work of art a text? Explore strategies for using the visual arts to support the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing. Earns 0.5 CEU in Literacy. Registration required. *Pairs of teachers from the same school representing different subject areas who register together receive a discounted rate of $15 per person. For more information, to register ... Read More »

Read Like a Detective Strategy #8: Speak the Text

NCDPI English Language Arts Consultants shared 40 Ways to Read Like a Detective during the 2013 Summer Institute Sessions.  Check out Strategy #8, Speak the Text. Description:  Use a speech to analyze the impact of certain words, meaning, and tone. Common Core State Standard Alignment:  R.CCR.4, L.CCR.3, and SL.CCR.6 Strategy:  Using a speech, have students insert line breaks anywhere they would ... Read More »

Read to Achieve Portfolio Updates


The Read to Achieve program is part of the Excellent Public Schools Act which became law in July 2012 and applies to all schools at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.  The goal of Read to Achieve is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade and continues progress in ... Read More »