Kimberly has been an educator for over 25 years. She actively seeks to improve instructional effectiveness, the learning environment, and integrating technology in K-12 classrooms. She currently serves as an education consultant and is completing No Tears for TIers, a must-have book about implementing Common Core vocabulary, which will be published by Solution Tree Press later this year.
Looking for a chat dedicated to literacy and those who lead literacy? I am eager to announce that I am co-moderating a new chat entitled #LitLeadchat. Along with Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris of Burkins and Yaris, we'll be talking all things literacy during this weekly chat. The details are listed … Read More.
February 20, 2014 By Kimberly
Recently, I've been writing often about the power and importance of reading. Why? Because reading builds fluency, background knowledge and vocabulary. And a wide vocabulary increases comprehension and student achievement. However, I primarily write about reading because it's a foundation for … Read More.
February 11, 2014 By Kimberly
I posted "100+ Reasons to Read Today" a few months ago and, as things go, I sort of forgot about it. Then, a freshman English teacher tweeted me @tysonkimberly and suggested the idea of using "100+ Reasons to Read Today" with his students to create a blackout poem. I encouraged him to try it. And … Read More.
February 2, 2014 By Kimberly
I write and speak frequently about the importance of building vocabulary. Why? Because vocabulary knowledge has an enormous impact on our students' lives. Need proof? How about this fact. The number one predictor of occupational success is vocabulary. The simplest way to build a broad and … Read More.
January 23, 2014 By Kimberly
Today there is a powerful op-ed piece in the New York Times on the fundamental importance of reading. Not selections from a text, not tweets, not summaries. Books. In this piece, Charles M. Blow shares his personal experience in regard to the importance and power of reading books. Last year, … Read More.