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What are Tier 2 Words?

Tier 2 words are robust, academic vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter across all topics and content-areas. The term was developed by..

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The Power of Vocabulary with Drs. Isabel Beck and Margaret McKeown

We’ve just created an all new literacy-boosting program that supercharges students’ vocabulary by teaching them a variety of robust, Tier 2 words and..

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The Power of Comprehension with Drs. Isabel Beck and Margaret McKeown

Our new literacy-boosting program Word Heroes is more than just a robust vocabulary program. It also uses close-reading and a variety of discussions..

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eBook: The Case of the Puzzled Principal

Literacy expectations for young readers have changed dramatically in recent years. Today, teaching students to simply read with speed and fluency –..

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The Anatomy of a Kindergartner

Kindergartners are the natural meaning seekers of any school building. Their tireless curiosity and energy bring new life to campus each and every year!

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Keepin' up as they move kindergarten.

As the mother of a kindergartner, I can honestly say that I will be on hands and knees at the end of this year kissing the ground and saying, "Thank..

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The 11 Stages of Back-to-School for Teachers

Teaching is a year-long profession, marked by lots of transitions. The transition from summer to fall? Yeah, that's the biggest one.

With the new..

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7 Funny Things Teachers Do The First Month of Vacation

The first few weeks of summer break can be a bit of an...adjustment. If you've found yourself acting a bit teacherly even though school's out for the..

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8 Ways to Recharge with Carrie Contey, Ph.D.


Spending five days a week with growing humans can really take a toll, even on the most veteran of teachers. That's why we teamed up with ..

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How to Build the Best Binder Ever

If you teach 8- to 9-year-olds, you’re probably noticing a mix of ability when it comes to organization.

Some of those newly turned “big kids” are..

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  • Brian Childs

    Brian Childs is a veteran and former teacher in the Greater Orlando area. He has experience teaching in every grade level from elementary to adult education. He is the creator of the parenting...

  • Lesley Fields

    On my last day of kindergarten, my teacher encouraged the class to come dressed as the person they wanted to be when they grew up. Amidst a sea of cheerleaders, ballerinas, cowboys, and a...

  • Carrie Contey, Ph.D.

    Carrie Contey, PhD is a internationally recognized coach, author, speaker and educator. Her work offers a new perspective on human development, parenting, family life and being a healthy, happy,...

  • Jill Eggleton

    Jill Eggleton is the author of the Key Links Literacy series. As an international educational consultant and teacher, Jill has 30 years of teaching and administration experience. She is...

  • Aimee Karr

    As a former elementary school teacher, Aimee knows the value of balance in the classroom. She uses her hands-on knowledge to create products with just the right balance of rigor and play — right...

  • Alison Schmerler

    A lifelong Letter People lover and experienced Kindergarten teacher (18 years in the classroom in fact!), I have called Abrams Learning Trends my professional home for the last 16 years....

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    As former educators, parents of school-age children, and former quirky kids ourselves, education is near and dear to our hearts. That’s why we have dedicated our work to supporting schools...

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    Like you, I wear many hats—proud mama, devoted wife, passionate teacher, life-long learner, sister, daughter, friend, colleague...and VP of Marketing for Abrams Learning Trends.

  • Gare Thompson

    Gare Thompson started his educational career as a kindergarten teacher. Over the course of his career, he has taught each grade level and has educated hundreds—maybe even thousands—of children in...

  • Aaron Mayers, CEO

    Similar to many of our stories, my personal interest in improving literacy was stoked by a mother who was an elementary school teacher, and a father who published one of the most successful...