Innovative Practices
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

Our philosophy is that a blend of best practices that work--applied in creative, innovative ways--yields the best results. So, we hope you’ll explore all our offerings. Specifically, you may find some of the best ideas in our monthly articles and profiles.

Monthly Articles

These articles update monthly under the permanent, umbrella headings. Those headings, current articles and places of origin are:

School-Wide Reading
Current Article-If You Build It Up, They Will Read (Connecticut)
Surrogate Librarian
Current Article-Book Ambassador (Colombia, South America)
Book-Inspired Art
Current Article-The Snowball Effect (Michigan)
Books As Bridges
Current Article-Blanketed in Kindness (Florida and Louisiana)
Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
Current Article-A Dramatic Difference (North Carolina)
Book-Inspired Community Service
Current Article-Love and Sandwiches (Georgia)
Literacy for All Kinds of Intelligence
Current Article-Naturally Smart (Florida)

Read here for innovative ideas and inspiration to generate your own new approaches. These articles are located on the Resources page, immediately below the calendar area.

www.happyreading.org/Resources.htm

All current articles are available for all visitors. Archived items are available for registered members only.

Profiles

Featured Celebrity
Those who rise to prominence in any endeavor… but especially in athletics and the arts… are often those who learn differently from most. The stories of trial and triumph offered by readers and writers who also happen to be celebrities can be informative and affecting for all of us. Some of these stories will appeal deeply to adult learners and those who help teach them.
Currently Featured- LeVar Burton

Featured Author or Illustrator
Get to know the authors and illustrators who entertain and educate us with their immense talents. Plan author study around the current artist of honor and appreciate their contributions to the world of literacy. Inspire the writer, artist, and learner inside your children or students with the stories of the storytellers.
Currently Featured-Sarah Weeks
Not only is she a prolific writer; she’s also an avid reader’s theater producer and performer!

Featured Parent
Are your learners also parents? Do they still have young children or do they have children who have moved out into the world? Parents of young and grown children share their challenges and joys here, and undoubtedly, some of these stories will resonate with your learners.
Currently Featured- Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland of California

Featured Adult Learner
Though each learner’s story is different, certainly there are themes that every learner will recognize. Read about this month’s featured learner and find encouragement to keep after the coveted goals. These profiles are ideal for educators to share with their learners.
Currently Featured-George Dawson of Texas

Featured Educator
Watch this area for exemplary educators, including those who teach adults. Note their philosophies and their methods and decide if they might provide some modeling for what more you can do with your own students.
Currently Featured- Brad Shonk of Mississippi

Access to all of these profiles is available at:
http://www.happyreading.org/Profiles.htm

Profiles can be read by all visitors to HAPPY Reading while they are still current. After that time, they archive and you must be a registered member to enjoy the full text of each profile.

By far, our greatest contribution to innovation comes in the form of our instructional materials. Nowhere else will you find what we offer: poems and reader’s theater scripts that are not only fun and engaging but are also aligned with multiple instructional objectives—namely, leveled (guided) reading, word study, content objectives and standards (including the new Common Core State Standards). In the case of our reader’s theater scripts, they are aligned with content across the curriculum and also highlight specific sight words in addition to phonics-related word study features.

For more about our poems and scripts, see Poems and Reader’s Theater

We love having you visit.  We welcome you to become a registered member and stay with us-- enjoying all the innovation and benefits of HAPPY Reading.  Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on a single book that may have much more limited use. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Satisfaction

Registering as a member gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of educators, learners, leaders and book lovers who are all about exploring better and more effective ways to coach learners to greater success. When you are at work, HAPPY Reading will be available to work alongside you to help reach higher goals. When you’re not at work, HAPPY Reading will be working steadily to bring you more stories of excellence and creative approaches to learning that will be ready when you are. Join us.

Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on a single book that may have much more limited use. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

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We are HAPPY to entertain any questions:register@happyreading.org