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Lucy Tokheim February 2014

Looking at ELA Common Core with our new library and recommended digital resources

Our new ERL is building our collection with resources for classroom teachers that are both hands-on and digital. As you all know there are amazing, excellent and often free resources for educators. For example I did a search at Pinterest for rti and ela and came up with this Pinterest board chock full of interesting resources posted by other teachers.

The books below are available for you to check out from our ERL catalog. I also included links to an Infinitec video and webinar by LearnZillion... contact with any library questions or suggestions.

LearnZillion offers free webinar with David Liben, ELA/Literacy Specialist Feb 11 at 3 pm

"Ask your burning Common Core questions to David Liben, Senior ELA/Literacy Specialist at Student Achievement Partners, an organization founded by the authors of the Common Core. A principal and teacher with more than 20 years experience in the classroom, David was one of the educators closely involved in the writing of the Common Core Standards, including synthesizing the research behind Appendix A.

He'll answer as many questions as he can on Feb 11 @ 3pm CST is a free learning platform for teachers that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. Each lesson highlights a Common Core standard, starting with math in grades 3-9, accompanied by downloadable PowerPoint slides. You will need to create your own account to get into the resources and get email invitation to this webinar.

ERL, Education Resource Library for SW/WC SC is open for business 24-7

Our library web page at has many digital resources for its members as well as our lending library collection of classroom materials for both general and special education.
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Lucy's pick for 9-12 grade literacy coach: Katherine McKnight because she knows her discipline and also shows us how to creatively have fun when teaching it to students


Dr. McKnight is a recognized expert in adolescent literacy, inclusive classrooms, Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology in the 21st century classroom. Currently, Katie’s work brings her to schools and classrooms all over the United States where she shares proven, practical models and strategies that develop the literacy skills of all students. Her titles include the award winning The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers, The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, Hands-On Grammar, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom, Teaching the Classics in the Inclusive Classroom and Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom. Katie has also co-authored Methods of Teaching English in the Middle and Secondary Schools (Pearson), a best selling text in English Education. Katie’s most recent publication is a 9th-12th grade English language arts book for teachers on the Common Core State Standards with Donna Ogle will be published in spring 2013.