My guest post on the Robb Review is now up

Hi everyone,

It is my pleasure and honor to be featured on the Robb Review at https://therobbreviewblog.com/uncategorized/poetry-is-for-everyone/

The post is on Twitter- Linkedin- and Facebook!

My thanks to Laura and Evan Robb for inviting me.

It you have a few minutes and are so inclined, I hope you’ll give it a look. Guess what it’s about?

Fifty-five ways to celebrate National Poetry Month

Hi everyone,

I’m delighted to say that the new issue of MISSOURI READER is out. Thanks to co-editors Glenda Nugent and Sam Bommarito, the feature article is mine, and just in time for National Poetry Month in April. Seventeen poets and teachers are featured in my article, each with suggestions on how to introduce poet into the classroom and beyond in ways that are sure to engage students.

This issue also features an interview by Evan Robb talking to Laura Robb and me about out book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH.

To see the issue, here’s the link. I hope you’ll take a look.

https://joom.ag/zGzI

Now it’s head down for several months

Hi everyone,

My thanks to Evan Robb for hosting Laura Robb and me yesterday evening as we talked about our new book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. Here’s the link. https://www.facebook.com/evanrobbprincipal .
And here’s the link to my reading aloud from AFTER DARK, which is currently available on the Drury University website: http://www.Drury.edu/read.

Yesterday we (Tim Rasinski, Mary Jo Fresch, and I) agreed to terms with Scholastic Teacher Resources to write two books in time for publication early in 2022. For my part it means an enormous amount of work with deadlines of June 1 for the first manuscript and July 1 for the second. If I didn’t have anything else to do, this would be close to impossible so let’s say I’m delighted and concerned.

I’m afraid I’ll need to sharply curtail my blog posts for a while. On average I spend an hour each morning to post something new and believe me I’m going to need those twenty hours a month for a while. I may need to post once or twice a week, or maybe just when something new happens, until I see how the new work is going to progress. I hope you’ll understand and bear with me.

Tune in to watch live

Hi everyone,

THURSDAY EVENING AT 6:00 CST on Facebook Live, Laura Robb and I will be interviewed on the Robb Review. The session will be hosted by Evan Robb as we discuss our new book, GUIDED PRACTICE FOR READING GROWTH. The book, published by Corwin Publishing, is especially timely as a growing number of struggling readers everywhere fall further behind as a result of learning conditions during the pandemic.

This is a free event. We hope you will join us and invite anyone you know who might want to learn more about our book at https://www.facebook.com/evanrobbprincipal/

More news from ILA

Hi everyone,

I mentioned the other day that the all day institute proposal to ILA for October this year has been accepted. Now the presentation proposal for Laura Robb, her son Evan Robb, and me has also been accepted. The good news is I’m on two programs. The bad news is I’ll have to prepare for two presentations. But I’m thrilled to have this kind of problem. The name of the second program is, “Poetry: A Surefire Way to Build a Love of Language and Improve Reading Comprehension Among Striving Readers.”