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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

Since 1978, Asian Pacific American Heritage has been celebrated in America, first with a week, now with the entire month of May. So many wonderful books featuring Asian Americans have been published in the last few years, including several Printz winners like American Born Chinese and Newbery winners like Kira-Kira.
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A Single Shard: Our Interview with Linda Sue Park Video icon

Park brings Korean history and culture vividly to life through her richly imagined stories for young readers. She creates unforgettable characters that cross centuries and continents, yet still feel fresh and relevant — like the 12th century orphan, Tree Ear, from her Newbery-winning novel, A Single Shard.
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11 Essentials for Excellent ePortfolios

Use electronic portfolios to help students reflect on their learning, organize and share their products, and maintain a record of their accomplishments. You'll face 11 essential decisions in your pursuit of portfolio excellence. Edutopia guides you through the process.
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Dive Into Summer Reading

There are so many great titles for summer reading that we couldn't fit all the books on one list! Browse through BOTH of our summer reading lists to find books that let tweens and teens relax a little, have some adventures, earn a little money, or even have a life-changing experience!
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Story Share

Story Share is a collaborative digital literacy hub that provides engaging and readable stories for middle and high school students who read below grade level. Check out their ever-growing library of original, just-right content!
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The Hero Unmasked!

Find out if your public library is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a grassroots effort to provide high-quality summer reading programs for kids and teens. This year's YA theme: Unmask!

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Top Ideas to Help Your Students with LD Learn All Summer Long

Summer is just around the corner. From community barbecues to camp, summer provides a much needed break for children. But many parents are also looking for fun ideas and activities to help their kids retain what they learned during the school year.

The Summer Learning Community on Understood.org connects parents with education experts and other parents on a similar journey to:

  1. Build summer reading lists.
  2. Turn IEP/504 plan goals into summer learning goals.
  3. Read an Expert Q&A on why it's important for kids to continue learning during the summer.

The Summer Learning Community is just one of many groups available for parents of kids with learning and attention issues. Parents can check out all the groups in the Understood Community.

Encourage parents to join conversations about summer learning in the Understood Community today!

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Engaging Family and Community in Afterschool and Summer Programs

Informal literacy experiences often serve to shape young people's identity as readers and writers as much as or more than formal schooling. Community and family support can emphasize the importance of reading and writing, build confidence, influence young people's literacy habits, and encourage youth to seek out ways to engage in literate activities. Learn about effective strategies that strengthen community engagement.
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Summer Bridge to Success

More students fail ninth grade than any other grade and many of these students ultimately drop out. Can pre-emptive interventions lead to increased graduation rates? Emerging evidence suggests that eight-grade transition programs increase pass rates, boost enthusiasm for learning, improve academic skills, enhance self-esteem, and reduce discipline problems. Find out what a good bridge program looks like and things to consider if you're planning a new program.
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U.S. on Track to Hit 90% Graduation Rate by 2020

According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, the national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020. This sixth annual update on America's high school dropout challenge shows that these gains have been made possible by raising graduation rates for groups of students that have traditionally struggled to earn a high school diploma.
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