5 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Your Classroom

By Booksource

5 Ways to Use Authentic Literature in Your Classroom

 

“Because engaged readers spend 500% more time reading than disengaged readers, teachers should attempt to increase engaged reading time by 200-500%.” (Guthrie 2004)

Authentic literature has the power to excite students and foster a love of engaged reading. Research shows that mere access to print materials improves student reading performance (Lindsay 2010), and that time spent reading in the classroom contributes significantly to reading improvement (Taylor, Frye and Maruyama 1990).

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A tool for the Teacher shortage crisis

By Damon Norris

It doesn’t take long for anyone in education to bring up the fact that we are in a crisis that we’ve never faced before. For the last few years, Arizona has been mired in a severe teacher shortage. The Center for Student Achievement, a partner of the Arizona Charter School Association, put together research that showed the extent of the teacher shortage in the western states of California, Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and Washington. You can see the Center’s entire report here.

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Chandler firm and local schools partner for affordable kids’ tech program

By Future Kiddie

The challenge of providing computer classes is that it is expensive and essential for today’s education. To answer this challenge, Chandler-based firm The Mighty PC, a refurbished PC company has teamed up with its sister company, Future Kiddie, a technology curriculum provider/educational program and partnered with the Arizona Charter Schools Association in providing local charter schools with high quality low cost computer classes.

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Finding Value in Procurement

By Damon Norris

Why does a school need a procurement manager or department?

This is a very popular question. A lot of schools do not see the value, or are too busy trying to run the education side of the business rather than seeing what is right before them. Procurement, also known as purchasing, is the one spot that, when running on all cylinders, can drive savings on almost every purchase large or small. Some schools have been slow to adopt this idea, but what they need to understand is that procurement is a free department!

“But how,” you may ask, when you include rent, salaries, benefits and other costs associated with employment?

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A Middle School Dance or Solid Business Partnerships?

By Damon Norris

Welcome to the new charter operations blog. This blog is designed to cover a wide range of charter operations topics. Almost all of us have questions. And while I don’t have all the answers, I will dig into a topic and ensure I come out with information that supports our charter business leaders and vendors.

As the Director of Business and Member Services for the Arizona Charter School Association, my goal is to help our charter schools and corporate supporters (vendors) gain a better understanding of each other. I believe that together, our school members and corporate supporters can bridge the gap that has persisted in the charter school world.

Recently, I was talking to a colleague and it hit me. Our world is like a middle school dance. The vendors (corporate supporters) are on one side of the room, while the schools are on the other side. Neither one really understands how to talk to each other, and while some are brave enough to venture into the center of the room, it takes way too long to form a partnership that can stand the test of time.

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