Sign up for FREE Webinars on Comprehension: IRA is bringing great professional development to your desktop this fall with free, interactive webinars on comprehension. The first program, The Foundational Roles of Vocabulary and Comprehension in Early Literacy, will be hosted September 30 from 8:00–9:00 p.m. Eastern time by Lesley Morrow (right) and Billie Enz, nationally known experts on early learning. Morrow is the editor of IRA’s Preschool Literacy Collection; she and Enz coauthored the book Assessing Preschool Literacy Development: Informal and Formal Measures to Guide Instruction. Click here to learn more about the webinar and to register. Registration is limited to 100 people, so sign up today. Coming up later this fall: Doug Fisher and Diane Lapp on comprehension and teacher modeling, and Lori Oczkus on reciprocal teaching. Details to come.
Thinkfinity Releases Back to School Mini-site: Verizon Thinkfinity's new Back to School mini-site is packed with resources to help educators set the tone for a successful school year: tools to support innovative uses of technology by students, cross-curricular lessons and activities, resources to help build community in the classroom, professional development opportunities and materials, and information on staying connected through the Thinkfinity Community. Check out all these and other free resources on the Verizon Thinkfinity website. IRA is one of the content partners for Verizon Thinkfinity, partnering with the National Council of Teachers of English on the popular ReadWriteThink.org website, which offers language arts lesson plans and other resources for K-12 educators.