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  AUGUST 2011   Volume 6, Issue 1
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Welcome to Principal to Principal
Welcome to the first edition of Principal to Principal eNewsletter – created by educators for educators. For those of you who followed us in the past, we are moving from a quarterly magazine format to a monthly "fresh sheet." The research and data-driven material is written by subject-area experts who are fellow practitioners with a focus on how we can collectively inspire students to learn to love to read.

We hope you enjoy the new format and find the information helpful in your efforts to encourage a lifelong love of reading in your students. If you'd like to contribute to future issues, please contact us to share your story.
Four Steps to Creating a School-Wide Reading Culture
By Donalyn Miller, 6th grade teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX
Donalyn MillerAs we move into another school year, we must consider how to set the tone for a new year and how we impart a vision for what we value to our students, parents, and staff. Sending a message that you think reading is important begins before the first day and influences your school culture in explicit and implied ways. Keep reading to learn some easy-to-implement tips for kicking off a year of reading at your school.Donalyn Miller is the author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and writes The Book Whisperer blog for Education Week Teacher. Her articles about teaching reading and education policy have appeared in such publications as Educational Leadership and the Washington Post.
Finding a Comprehensive Family Engagement Solution
By Craig Shurick, Past Principal at Vaughn Elementary in Gig Harbor, Wash.
Girl Reading with GrandmaAfter reviewing research on high-performing schools, one of the top indicators of an improving school is "family involvement in student's learning." At our school, that was a key element in achieving and sustaining literacy improvement.

By focusing on the inherent strengths of families and communities, the "Read and Rise" family reading program has proven to be a flexible, multi-tiered approach to family and community engagement that is anchored in building text-rich environments at home for all children.

Keep reading to learn how Read and Rise helps schools promote literacy.
Helping Parents Encourage Children's Reading Goals
By Janet Fawcett, Ed.D., Principal at Highlands Elementary in Renton, Wash.
Mother and DaughterToday's families face daunting challenges such as insufficient access to books, knowledge about how to help children practice reading, and lack of knowledge about how their first language can support English literacy acquisition.

When we heard about "Read and Rise," we believed this event, combined with a Klutz Build-a-Book activity and the excitement of a Book Fair, would help us achieve our goals.

Keep reading to find out how this successful family engagement event can work at your school.
Booktalk: A Simple Way to Get Kids Reading More
Booktalk BooksAll across the country, students are booktalking - standing up in front of their peers and sharing brief, passionate statements about books they’ve just read and loved!

Read these quick tips for giving great booktalks in the classroom and use these sample booktalks to spread the excitement!
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