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Alabama

LexAmi
Toni Shay
Toll Free: 800-607-5692
Phone: 205-664-5862
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: toni@lexami.com

Lisa Collins
Phone: 662-231-9271
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: lisahcollins@comcast.net

Patti Cooper
Phone: 251-978-5823
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: patticooper82@gmail.com

Alaska

Yriondo Educational Resources
Jennifer Yriondo
Phone: 425-922-8445
eMail: yerbooks@comcast.net

Arizona

Nancy Chalex
Phone: 480-292-2732
eMail: chalexn@cox.net

Arkansas

Robin Baker
Mobile: 870-926-9084
eMail: robin.baker70@yahoo.com

California

Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte,
El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, 
Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono,
Nevada, Placer,
 
Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, 
S
hasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama,
Trinity, Tulare,
 
Tuolumne, and Yuba Counties:

A & A Educational Resources
Alice Burkart
Phone: 530-342-2918
Fax: 530-894-1433
eMail: aliceburkart@comcast.net

Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Mendocino,
Napa, San Francisco, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo
Counties:

Naomi Shelan
Phone: 415-990-4497
eMail: 
nshelan@hotmail.com

Marin and San Mateo Counties:
Elaine Taylor
Phone: 650-400-6881
eMail: elaine-taylor@comcast.net

Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,
Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz 
Counties:

Susan Bagby
Phone: 831-818-1638
eMail: 
susanbagby@aol.com

Kern County:

Karen Shaw
Phone: 562-458-7354
eMail: kls5963@yahoo.com

Los Angeles County and LAUSD:

Lifelong Learning
Susie Garcia
eMail: susie.garcia@mac.com

Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino,
and San Diego Counties:
(See also: associate below)

Susan Cossaboom
Phone: 714-693-7042
Mobile: 714-458-9720
Fax: 888-519-2441
eMail: 
smc@cossaboom.net

Riverside and San Bernardino Counties:
Jami Smith
Phone: 909-732-7385
eMail: jsmith3314@aol.com

All Other Counties:

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
eMail: 
bill@myokapi.com
Website: 
http://www.myokapi.com

Colorado

TS Education, Inc.
Trygve Moulton
Phone: 303-250-2379
Fax: 303-274-4949
eMail: trygvemoulton@comcast.net

Connecticut

Beth Lothrop
Phone: 978-475-9486
Fax: 978-475-1735
email: Beth@LothropBooks.com

Delaware

TC Education
Tom Hare
Phone: 609-670-4238
Fax: 703-815-0522
eMail: tom@tceducation.net
Website: http://www.TCPublishers.com

District of Columbia

TC Education
Cam McIntyre
Phone: 703-408-6834
eMail: cam@tceducation.net

Florida

Alachua, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay,
Collier, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando,
Highlands, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee,
Levy, Manatee, Marion, Orange,
Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties:

Jody Romans
email: romansliteracy@outlook.com
Phone: 262-388-4208

Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, 
Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee counties:

Valerie "The Booksmith" Silverman
Phone: 561-582-5031
Fax: 561-585-4966
email: vrsdexter@aol.com

Miami-Dade, Broward and Monro counties:

Amy Guerra
Baird, Guerra & Associates
email: aguerra@bairdguerra.com 

 

Georgia

Dodge Learning Resources
Al & Iris Dodge
Toll Free: 800-395-2048
Phone: 678-216-0566
Fax: 678-216-0599
eMail: resources@dodgelearning.com
Website: www.dodgelearning.com

Hawaii

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
Fax: 800-481-5499
eMail: bill@myokapi.com

Idaho

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
email: bill@myokapi.com

Illinois

Cook and Will counties:

Grace Educational Resources
Jim Burnette
Phone: 773-571-8455
Fax: 312-961-5718
eMail: jim@graceed.com

All other counties:

Crossland Literacy
Bert Crossland
Phone: 847-767-4822
eMail: bert@crosslandlit.com

Indiana

Ange Dierks
eMail: ange.dierks@gmail.com

Iowa

Jill Caton Johnson
Phone: 515-271-3992
Fax: 248-399-2178
eMail: jill.johnson@drake.edu

Kansas

Gentryrose Educational Materials
Angie Meyer
Phone: 785-608-1103
Fax: 785-836-2067
eMail: angie@gentryrose.com

Kentucky

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
Fax: 800-481-5499
eMail: bill@myokapi.com

Louisiana

Meaux Books
Elette Meaux
Phone: 337-837-4192
Mobile: 337-280-1569
Fax: 337-839-1547
eMail: emeaux@att.net

Maine

Debra Blake
Toll Free: 888-862-4111
Mobile: 603-370-0530 
Fax: 866-295-3995
eMail: debrablakesales@comcast.net

Maryland

TC Education
Cam McIntyre
Phone: 703-408-6834
eMail: cam@tceducation.net


Tom Hare
Phone: 609-670-4238
Fax: 703-815-0522
email: tom@tceducation.net

 

Website: http://www.TCPublishers.com

Massachusetts

Beth Lothrop
Phone: 978-475-9486
Fax: 978-475-1735
eMail: Beth@LothropBooks.com

Michigan

John Whitney
Phone: 586-850-2255
eMail: john@whitneyed.com

Sue Whitney
Phone: 248-399-7611
eMail: suewhitney@whitneyed.com

Marlene Malkin
Phone: 248-366-1366
eMail: mmedubooks@aol.com

Mississippi

LexAmi
Toni Shay
Toll Free: 800-607-5692
Phone: 205-664-5862
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: toni@lexami.com


Lisa Collins
Phone: 662-231-9271
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: lisahcollins@comcast.net

Missouri

Gentryrose Educational Materials
Angie Meyer
Phone: 785-608-1103
Fax: 785-836-2067
eMail: angie@gentryrose.com

Montana

Boles Education Solutions
Darren and Joyce Boles
Phone: 816-229-1988
Website: http://www.boleseducationsolutions.com/
eMail: boleseducationsolutions@hotmail.com

Nebraska

Boles Education Solutions
Darren and Joyce Boles
Phone: 816-229-1988
Website: http://www.boleseducationsolutions.com/
eMail: boleseducationsolutions@hotmail.com

Nevada

A & A Educational Resources
Alice Burkart
Toll Free: 888-873-2346
Phone: 530-342-2918
Fax: 530-894-1433
eMail: aliceburkart@comcast.net

Clark County:
Sue Hendricks
Phone: 702-799-5660
eMail: hendrsx@interact.ccsd.net

New Hampshire

Debra Blake
Toll Free Phone: 888-862-4111
Phone: 603-370-0530
Fax: 866-295-3995
eMail: debrablakesales@comcast.net

New Jersey

Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties:

Axis Learning Group
Nelson Roman
Phone: 973-746-1466
eMail: nroman@axislearninggroup.com

 

Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Salem Counties:

Lynn Ahlquist
TC Education, Inc.

eMail: lahlquist4@hotmail.com

New Mexico

Jennie Lasley
Phone: 915.449.6625
eMail: jlasley@elp.rr.com

New York

Bronx, New York, Queens, Kings, Richmond, Long Island, Staten Island, and Nassau:

Axis Learning Group
Nelson Roman
Phone: 973-746-1466
eMail: nroman@axislearninggroup.com

 

All other counties:

Curriculum Solutions
Joe Capogreco
Phone: 585-872-4841
eMail: jcapogreco@curriculumsolutions.org

Liz Kaplan
Phone: 585-350-8830
email: lkaplan@curriculumsolutions.org

North Carolina

Angie Blake
Phone: 704-517-0850
Fax: 919-572-6974
eMail: arblake@carolina.rr.com

North Dakota

Boles Education Solutions
Darren and Joyce Boles
Phone: 816-229-1988
eMail: boleseducationsolutions@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.boleseducationsolutions.com/

Ohio

Mary Gantzer
Phone: 614-804-4021
eMail: mary@missiondrivenresources.com

Oklahoma

Donna Bigbee 
Bigbee Learning Resources
Phone: 405-844-6162
Fax: 405-844-0083
eMail: dbbigbee@earthlink.net

Kathleen Messenbaugh
Bigbee Learning Resources
Phone: 405-840-4056
eMail: jkm95@cox.net

Oregon

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
eMail: bill@myokapi.com

 

Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania:

Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland counties:

Andrews Associates
Chris Andrews

Phone: 888-823-9159 ext.1
eMail: christopher@tools2read.com

 

Eastern Pennsylvania:

A & B Educational Enterprises
Ann Tuteur
Phone: 215-793-0834
Mobile: 215-688-2502
Fax: 215-793-0835
eMail: abentprse@aol.com

Alyssa Heeneke
Phone: 215-283-0122
Mobile: 215-740-6836
e-Mail: aheeneke@verizon.net

Missy Blatstein
Phone: 215-680-7506
e-Mail: mtblatstein@gmail.com

Rhode Island

Beth Lothrop
Phone: 978-475-9486
Fax: 978-475-1735
eMail: Beth@LothropBooks.com

South Carolina

Angie Blake
Phone: 704-517-0850
Fax: 919-572-6974
eMail: arblake@carolina.rr.com

South Dakota

Boles Education Solutions
Darren and Joyce Boles
Phone: 816-229-1988
eMail: boleseducationsolutions@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.boleseducationsolutions.com/

Tennessee

LexAmi
Toni Shay
Toll Free: 800-607-5692
Phone: 205-664-5862
Fax: 205-664-5863
eMail: toni@lexami.com

Texas

Regions 1-2:

Natalie Garza
Phone: 956-381-5237
eMail: nataliebea.garza@gmail.com

 

Regions 3-6, 13, 20:

Ellen and Meghan Sankowski 
Library and Curriculum Resources, Inc.
Phone: 281-363-4906
eMail: ellen@libraryandcurriculum.com

Erika Wood
email: erikamwood@gmail.com

Regions 7-12,14,16-18:

LeAnne and Frank Jennings
Phone: 972-317-8742 
eMail: fjennings1@verizon.net

Region 19:

Jennie Lasley
Phone: 915-449-6625
eMail: jlasley@elp.rr.com

Utah

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
eMail: bill@myokapi.com

Vermont

Debra Blake
Toll Free: 888-862-4111
Fax: 866-295-3995
eMail: debrablakesales@comcast.net

Virginia

TC Education
Cam McIntyre
Phone: 703-408-6834
eMail: cam@tceducation.net

Washington

Yriondo Educational Resources 
Jennifer Yriondo
Phone: 425-922-8445
eMail: yerbooks@comcast.net

Washington, DC

TC Education
Cam McIntyre
Phone: 703-408-6834
eMail: cam@tceducation.net

West Virginia
Debra Moulton
Comprehensive Literacy Resource Specialists
Phone: 866-652-7436
Fax: 800-481-5499
eMail: debrasmoulton@aol.com
Wisconsin

Keith Ahrens
Ahrens Education Group
eMail: kahrens@new.rr.com

Wyoming

Bill Eastman
Phone: 866-652-7436
Fax: 800-481-5499
eMail: bill@myokapi.com

Teacher Talk

Welcome to Teacher Talk, where our authors 'talk' early literacy with teachers. You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as personal stories and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.

  • Starting a New Shared Reading Book with Kindergartners (Video 1 of 7)

    Join literacy consultant Debra Crouch as she shares a big book with a San Diego Kindergarten class. This introductory session focuses on meaning and cognition of Which Pet is Best?

    Watch how Debra models her thinking about how the book works.

    Most conversation happens as whole-group discussion, until the turn-and-talk at the end of the book.

  • Deepening Meaning: Returning to the Book with Kindergartners (Video 2 of 7)

    This follow-up reading's focus is about deepening meaning of the book. Debra again models her thinking and invites students to turn-and-talk several times during their second reading of Which Pet is Best?

    Students join in reading the text aloud with the teacher as they choose.

    Debra uses a pointer to track the print by moving fluidly under the text, as all students in the class have one-to-one match established.

     

  • Building Vocabulary During Shared Reading with Kindergartners (Video 3 of 7)

    In this installment with Debra Crouch, she and her students revisit the text to focus on vocabulary —specifically, describing words. Students discuss numerous describing words in the book.

    With each word discussed, Debra reads the sentence on the page to establish meaning, discusses meaning of the vocabulary word, and then rereads the sentence to put the word back into context. Students join in reading the text aloud with her as they choose.

     

  • Word Study: Returning to the Shared Reading Text (Video 4 of 7)

    Before the video begins, Debra had students draw and write a response to the book: write about a pet you think is best. After collecting the students’ writing, Debra examined their writing to determine an appropriate teaching focus for word study.

    Debra determined that the word study focus would be to encourage students to ask themselves, “Does the word look right?” after they write a word. Several children had or could have used the word “because” in their writing. So this became the example word for their new strategy.

  • Modeled Writing with Shared Reading for Kindergartners (Video 5 of 7)

    This modeled writing experience gives children an opportunity to hear a writer decide what to write about, how to say the ideas to be written, and to notice strategies and conventions for getting an idea onto paper.

    Literacy consultant Debra Crouch writes about a topic the students had already written about: the best pet. After discussing the topic with students, Debra discusses different ways to begin the opinion piece and that the piece needs to include reasons to support thinking. She emphasizes rereading to check your writing and maintain meaning.

  • Extend Oral Language with Kindergartners (Video 6 of 7)

    This lesson happened just before the first reading of Which Pet is Best? The book had been used in several reading sessions the previous week. In this session, several pages, not the entire book, are used as a warm-up at the beginning of shared reading time to extend oral language. Students join in the reading as they choose. The language focus is on continuing to use positional words. The vocabulary of “lumberjack” was used by students during the previous week and, as it was a known word, we used that word.

  • Extending Oral Language, Small Group Kindergarten (Video 7 of 7)

  • Managing Guided Reading Groups with “Warm” Running Records

    Managing guided reading groups often generates a multitude of questions about flexibility: How do I know which children go in which group? Which books do I use in a particular level? How do I know when my students are ready for the next level?
  • Guided Reading and Reading Strategies

    Guided reading is a small group opportunity to support readers as they apply known reading strategies. David Hornsby, in A Closer Look at Guided Reading (2000), describes guided reading as a time when “the teacher helps the children use strategies they already know so that they are able to read an unfamiliar text independently, with success.” Those reading strategies have been modeled and demonstrated during whole class read-aloud and shared reading. During guided reading, the intentional use of wait time by the teacher encourages the use of reading strategies. When children are developing as readers, the use of reading strategies is slower and less automatic, meaning students require more time for processing. Teachers who wait when students make an error, rather than immediately giving a correct word or automatically prompting a strategy to try, provide students the opportunity to self-monitor and self-correct. This is when learning to be a strategic reader occurs.
  • Close Reading and Guided Reading

    Close reading and guided reading can exist in the same instructional environment.  By reading closely in guided reading, a reader is encouraged to apply all their known understandings about how texts work to figure out meanings the text brings into existence.  When close reading of a text is viewed as comprehending a text in an intentional manner, it can be powerful within the context of guided reading.

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