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Truly Terrifying Books for Fearless Middle Grade Readers (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

October 12, 2021

Think middle grade readers aren’t brave enough handle creepy stories? Clearly you haven’t been around enough middle graders lately. Kids love to get scared. Here are nine truly terrifying books for fearless middle grade readers. And yes, adults are going to love (and be afraid of) these books too!

Our 3rd Annual STEM Writing Contest (opens in a new window)

NY Times

October 05, 2021

The NY Times invites students (age 11-19) to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation. Contest Dates: Feb. 2 to March 9, 2022.

Q & A with Monica Zepeda (opens in a new window)

Publishers Weekly

September 28, 2021

Monica Zepeda is a triple threat of the literary variety. She is a teen librarian at the Beverly Hills Public Library in Los Angeles County, a debut young adult author, and an award-winning screenwriter. Her first YA novel, Boys of the Beast, won the Lee & Low 2019 New Visions Award for new authors of color, and will be published in February 2022. Zepeda spoke with PW about her role as teen librarian, and the journey she took while crafting Boys of the Beast.

A Winning Time (opens in a new window)

Hastings Tribune

September 20, 2021

Hastings Middle School students are seeing a lot of success with a recently implemented program that uses goal setting to close the gap on academic shortfalls.

Q&A: Tanita S. Davis, Author of ‘Partly Cloudy’ (opens in a new window)

The Nerd Daily

September 09, 2021

A chat with author Tanita S. Davis about her new middle grade novel, Partly Cloudy , along with book recommendations, writing, and more! From award-winning author Tanita S. Davis comes a nuanced exploration of the microaggressions of middle school and a young Black girl named Madalyn who learns that being a good friend means dealing with the blue skies and the rain—and having the tough conversations on days that are partly cloudy. 

Why Do Students Disengage? (opens in a new window)


September 02, 2021

We have long known that a transmission-of-knowledge model, where students passively receive and then reproduce information, isn’t how learning occurs. Better to flip the script and examine what’s getting in the way of learning, realizing that there are cognitive barriers to effective teaching.

Podcast: Hey Ya (opens in a new window)

Book Riot

September 02, 2021

From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, the Hey YA podcast elevates the exciting world of young adult lit.

Don’t ignore direct SEL instruction (opens in a new window)

Flypaper: Fordham Institute

August 23, 2021

Advocates for social and emotional learning (SEL) have pushed for schools to embrace the teaching of healthy life skills to students. This can take many forms, from school-wide policies that foster a positive and exemplary culture for students, to a program where teachers are taught to model behaviors in their classes for students to learn from, to a course where social and emotional skills are taught from a curriculum.

So why an explicit approach? And what about parents’ concerns about teaching SEL? First, the types of difficult conversations I experienced with my students may not come up naturally in typical classroom settings, and not all teachers have the ability to properly address them if they do—especially those without formal training in SEL instruction. The more explicit approach that my school took guaranteed that important skills and development were addressed clearly, directly, and effectively.