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Nancie Atwell: The World’s Best English Teacher
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Nancie Atwell: The World’s Best English Teacher

by Meagan Frank

For decades, Nancie Atwell has been delighting in the words consumed and created by classrooms of middle school students. Many teachers find comfort at the front of a room, but what Nancie has discovered is the power afforded to students when a teacher subtly operates in the middle of everything. Her book In the Middle presents decades of teaching experience, hundreds of student writing samples, and access to the highly successful educational approach that earned her the Global Teacher Prize in 2015. […]

Creating Community Through Stories Around the Table
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Creating Community Through Stories Around the Table

by Staff

It began when a young military spouse reached out for help. More than forty military family writers responded by sharing their encouraging stories and experience from both everyday and extraordinary moments. The result? A menu of personal stories about life, amidst the added challenges of military life. And a worldwide gathering of friends, bringing civilian and military communities to the table to support military families. […]

Guide Dog Helps Holocaust Survivor Share Story
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Guide Dog Helps Holocaust Survivor Share Story

by Meagan Frank

In his five years enduring WWII labor camps, Max Edelman was beaten blind by Nazi guards and witnessed a German Shepherd maul to death a fellow prisoner. At age seventy, Max pushed through his fear of dogs and began working with his first guide dog, Calvin. The story of how Max came to trust Calvin attracted the attention of dog lover and pet columnist Sharon Peters. Together, they explored the incredible journey that put Calvin in Max’s life and helped heal his heart. […]