Monday, July 30, 2007

hello from the nwp conference in massachusetts!

Hi, all,
Just a quick message to say that I just finished showed our Advanced Institute blog (and many of your individual blogs) to the participants here at the "Inside Inquiry" conference in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and they think your blogs--as well as the overall concept of our AI--are way cool! They also love it that we have a site blog and have admired our website, too.

Craig Moyer and Megan Baker are here with me, and they're cramming every resource about teacher research that they can into their heads, and I'm co-facilitating the conference with other members of the NWP Teacher Inquiry Communities Network leadership team. It's been a terrific, but very intense, experience, and we'll have lots of knowledge to share when we get back home.

- Cindy

Friday, July 06, 2007

One Last Thing

and then I'll let somebody else talk for a while.

The editorial/submission guidelines for Cricket Magazine
and some other children's magazines published by Carus Publishing are here.

Kim's puke poem and some of the other work we heard this month are pieces that these magazines would seriously consider. Cricket pays 25 cents per word for stories and up to 3 dollars a line for poetry.

If you send something to them, be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

As I recall, my lovely wife Lauren's first real publication was a short story she placed in their teen mag Cicada.

If you're looking for another real audience for your students, I think Cicada also publishes some work written by teens themselves.

See you in September.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


On Saturday, September 22, 2007, at 7:30 p.m., poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser will read and sign books at the Rialto Theater in Loveland. He will present a talk that afternoon at the Loveland Museum & Gallery that will be free and open to the public (with reservations required). (Contact the Loveland Museum & Gallery to make reservations for the afternoon talk.)

In other news, on Saturday, July 14, there is a benefit for the Larimer County Hospice that includes a poetry reading and desserts. Among the readers will be some of my favorite poets: Lisa Zimmerman, John Calderazzo, Evan Oakley, Veronica Patterson, Beth Lechleitner, Linda Aldrich, and Jack Martin.

Books from the demo

Hello all again. I have a list of the books I shared at my demo time, but was remiss in writing them down for all of you. So here they are:

The Landry News by Andrew Clements
The School Story by Andrew Clements
Both of these books are great for those middle grade readers (4-6)
And they happen to be about kids who write!

Family Literacy: Easy Ways for Families to Read and Write Together by Marcia Ardis
This is a resource that is best suited for those lower elementary grades (K-3)

Family Literacy Experiences: Creating reading and writing opportunities that support classroom learning by Jennifer Rowsell
I was very excited about this text since it encompasses many different types of literacy activities and even validates the use of comic books as a valuable resource in the classroom!! Yahooo.