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06.19.2016
New Guided Reading Collections

Schoolwide is happy to annouce the launch of our new Guided Reading Collections. Schoolwide's Guided Reading Collections are grounded in research-based best practices and the gradual release of responsibility model. They include high-quality, carefully selected fiction and nonfiction texts, model guided reading lesson plans, and more. Unique leveled collections are available in print and digital formats and can be combined for blended learning.

For more information or to request a sample click here.

To purchase Schoolwide Guided Reading Collections, click here.

 





01.14.2016
Schoolwide will be at ASCD Annual Conference!

Schoolwide is excited to be exhibiting at the ASCD Annual Conference April 2-4 in Atlanta at booth 1252. Stop in to check out Zing and get free access to thousands of e-books for all of your teachers and students!





10.29.2015
Press Release: Unlimited Access to Thousands of Incredible eBooks through Zing from Schoolwide, Inc.

Schoolwide, Inc., a leading provider of educational products and services since 1993, has announced that over 25,000 educators and parents, reaching over 500,000 students in grades PreK–10, have signed up in the last 2 months to receive free unlimited access to thousands of fantastic eBooks in both English and Spanish through the company’s new Zing website.

“We are extremely excited about the response we have received to Zing. We had expected a positive response, but the volume and enthusiasm have far exceeded our expectations,” said Schoolwide’s president and CEO, Jess Cohen. “We are striving to make this terrific free resource available to as many educators and parents as possible. Our goal is to reach 1 million educators and parents over the next 12 months.”

Zing is Schoolwide’s proprietary new eBook platform. Educators and parents can choose from Zing’s extensive selection of thousands of top-quality eBooks from a wide variety of publishers in order to create their very own personalized digital libraries. Zing can be used in school or at home—anywhere an Internet connection is available. Zing also includes numerous interactive educational tools, such as interactive teaching points written by literacy experts embedded directly into the eBooks, short multiple-choice quizzes about the texts, progress-monitoring reports and data to help educators, and a suite of interactive eReader tools that allow students to highlight and annotate text, place bookmarks, and access an interactive digital dictionary.

“I am literally crying right now. I just open the [Zing] library, and I know now that my ELL students will be successful. Thank you for making this program free for myself and my students,” said Marta Nangle, an ESL teacher from Cedar Ridge Elementary in Branson, MO.

Principal Tracy Taylor from Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School in Rye Brook, NY, added, “I had a chance to look at Zing, and it looks great! I like the fact that it has rich texts, a wide variety of genres and interests, and books that are in a good range for students.”

Educators and parents can sign up for their own Zing accounts by visiting http://www.schoolwide.com/zing and clicking “Get Zing.”

About Schoolwide: Because reading and writing are critical for success in school, the community, and the workplace, Schoolwide, Inc. has a central mission to improve students’ reading, writing, and learning by increasing the tools teachers can use to teach effectively. Founded in 1993 and based in Holbrook, NY, Schoolwide is a leading provider of educational products and services.





10.09.2015
Schoolwide New Online Mini Course

Schoolwide is offering a new Online Mini-Course: Guided Reading Webinar - Teaching Toward Independence, Nov. 6th, 2015 to Dec. 4th, 2015

Guided Reading: Teaching Toward Independence is an interactive, live webinar workshop series designed to meet the needs of teachers in grades K–2. It Includes:

• Live discussions;
• Video demonstrations;
• Presentation materials; and
• The Zing digital library.

Participate in hands-on training with author and educator Dr. Linda Bausch. Linda’s vast knowledge of best practices in literacy instruction, as well as ongoing work with children and teachers, will enhance teacher expertise and enable immediate classroom application.

Participants will attend 4 60 minute live, online sessions and receive 1 CEU.

For more information and to attend, http://www.schoolwide.com/marketplace/online-pd/guided-reading-teaching-toward-independence-webinar.html





10.06.2015
Schoolwide Workshop Houston, TX

Schoolwide is hosting an upcoming workshop:
Nov. 6th Houston, TX
Focusing on Reading Like a Writer and the Qualities of Narrative and Expository Writing
Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/RHZQi





10.02.2015
Zing Reviewed by Free Technology for Teachers

Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers reviewed Zing!

Zing! - Thousands of Free eBooks for Students

 

Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.

 

Read the full review at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/10/zing-thousands-of-free-ebooks-for.html#.VhaJM24YOad





09.16.2015
Schoolwide Literacy Workshop Lombard, IL

Schoolwide is hosting an upcoming workshop:
Oct. 16th Lombard, IL
Focusing on Informational/Explanatory Units of Study for Writing and Promoting a Culture That Supports Balanced Literacy for Administrators
Learn more and register: http://ow.ly/RHZ4a





09.02.2015
New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Adopts Reading Fundamentals

Check out what Superintendent Katulak of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has to say about Reading Fundamentals in The Island Now.

http://www.theislandnow.com/new_hyde_park/news/from-the-desk-of-superintendent-katulak-new-programs-meet-common/article_fff15346-4cd7-11e5-ab97-8fc32fe45a0a.html

 

 





05.11.2015
Director of Professional Development to Present at IRC 2015

Exciting news from a member of the Schoolwide team:  Our Director of Professional Development, Pat Pollack will be presenting at 2015 Illinois Reading Council Conference, Passport to Possibilities
on Thursday, October 1st.  Mark your calendars; we know it will be a great conference.





05.11.2015
Zing! in May 2015 District Administrator

See District Administrator Magazine's write-up of Zing in this month's edition.  We love the pictures too.

 

http://www.districtadministration.com/article/latest-school-library-technology





03.16.2015
Visit Schoolwide at ASCD 2015

Schoolwide, Inc. will be at Booth #641 during ASCD's Annual Convention this March 21-23. Join us in Houston, TX and let us introduce you to our new digital classroom library, Zing!

 

Find out more about the exhibits, speakers and registration here: www.annualconference.ascd.org





02.03.2015
Schoolwide is getting great feedback from Sachem Schools

Learn about Sachem School District's selection and  implementation of Schoolwide's Reading and Writing Fundamentals in The Sachem Report.

Look in: Schoolwide Literacy program

"Sachem Schools recently launched a school wide literacy program for kindergarten through fifth grade."

Read the full article at http://www.sachemreport.com/2015/01/04/look-in-sachems-schoolwide-literacy-program/

 





11.24.2014
Schoolwide Donates Books to LI Schools

Over the past few months, Schoolwide collected unused books that could be put to better use in our Long Island community. We gathered over 300 books, including fiction, informational and Spanish titles. Schoolwide reached out to Wyandanch Union Free School District and arranged to donate all of our books to the La Francis Hardiman and Martin Luther King Elementary schools.

We visited the schools' shared library and helped their librarian display their new books. We were even able to meet some students who were very excited to start reading.

Schoolwide would like to thank Ms. Shamika Simpson, Principal at La Francis and MLK Elementary schools, for allowing us into their community.

 

You can view photos of Schoolwide at Wyandanch Schools here.





11.18.2014
Introducing Our New Vocab App

Schoolwide, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of its new vocabulary app. myVocab uses an instructional plan that includes customized word lists, engaging activities and assessments to help students gain a deeper understanding of language.

Research shows vocabulary development is an imperative part of content learning. myVocab allows teachers the ability to create personalized word banks that connect to the mentor texts found in Schoolwide's Reading and Writing Fundamentals Units of Study. Students are able to participate in engaging activities that expand their vocabulary knowledge at school and at home.

Schoolwide is excited to offer this new resource for teachers to enhance vocabulary instruction in the classroom.

To learn more about myVocab and sign up for a 60-day free trial, visit us here: http://www.schoolwide.com/myvocab





10.27.2014
Schoolwide Literacy Workshop in New Jersey

Schoolwide's last Literacy Workshop of 2014 will be held in Saddle Brook, NJ on December 5th. Join our Director of Professional Development, Pat Pollack, to gain invaluable information and tools from our nonfiction Writing and Reading Fundamentals Units of Study.

This workshop will have separate sessions for teachers (A Focus on Informational Writing and Nonfiction Reading) and administrators (A Focus on Observing the Different Instructional Components in Workshop Teaching and Ways to Sustain a Positive Culture and Climate during New Initiatives and Implementations).

To learn more and register, visit us here: http://www.schoolwide.com/workshop_120514_nj.php





10.01.2014
Schoolwide to Present at IRC

Schoolwide, Inc.'s Director of Professional Development, Pat Pollack, will present at the 47th Annual IRC (Illinois Reading Council) Conference tomorrow. Her presentation, “Deepening Content Knowledge Across Multiple Genres,” is scheduled for Thursday, October 2nd at 10:30 am.

Come meet Pat and pick up our complimentary new Product Sampler for 2014-15 at Booth 428.


Please visit the IRC’s website and check your conference guide book for further information: http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/conference.html





09.29.2014
Schoolwide Writing & Grammar Workshop in Texas

Schoolwide is heading to Arlington, TX this November 7th for our upcoming Literacy Workshop: A Focus on Expository Writing and Grammar (Grades 2-8).

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading are organized by strands that support the overall development of student readers, writers, and thinkers. In this workshop, teachers will learn how teaching writing and grammar units of study that align to these standards will support their students in their literacy development and create opportunities for reflective learning.

Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/BYwfv





09.18.2014
Upcoming Literacy Workshop in Illinois

Join Schoolwide, Inc. at our upcoming Literacy Workshop in Illinois this October 24th to gain invaluable information and tools from our Professional Development team regarding our Writing and Reading Fundamentals Units of Study.

This fall’s workshop will have separate sessions for teachers (A Focus on Informational Writing and Nonfiction Reading) and administrators (A Focus on Observing the Different Instructional Components in Workshop Teaching and Ways to Sustain a Positive Culture and Climate during New Initiatives and Implementations).

To learn more and register, visit us here: http://www.schoolwide.com/workshop_102414_il.php





08.21.2014
Visit Schoolwide at NCTE

Schoolwide, Inc. will be at Booth #335 during NCTE's Annual Convention this November 20-23. Join us in Washington, D.C. and meet members of Schoolwide's professional team.

 

Find out more about the exhibits, speakers and registration here: http://www.ncte.org/annual





08.11.2014
Schoolwide Wins Trade Book Contract

Schoolwide, Inc. is proud to announce that we have been awarded a trade book contract with New York City's Department of Education. Trade book collections will be available for purchase by NYC schools this fall.





07.08.2014
NCTE Annual Convention

Schoolwide, Inc. is officially attending NCTE’s Annual Convention: Story As the Landscape of Knowing this fall!

 

Join us November 20-23 in Washington, D.C. for this exciting gathering of literacy educators.   

 

“The 2014 NCTE Convention will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Sessions will explore the many dimensions of story as the landscape of knowing--story as literary and informational text, story as cross-disciplinary collaborations, story as multiple literacies and genres, story as memory and identity, story as teacher knowledge and research, story as community and culture, story as marginalization, and story as resistance.” 

 

Learn more about NCTE 2014 here: http://www.ncte.org/annual





06.06.2014
Join us at IRC 2014

Schoolwide, Inc. is proud to announce that Pat Pollack (Director of Professional Development) and Erik Lepis (Literacy Trainer) have been chosen to appear at the 47th Annual IRC (Illinois Reading Council) Conference. Join us at their presentation, “Deepening Content Knowledge Across Multiple Genres,” and discover how students can internalize and enhance their content understandings about engaging topics.

 

The 47th Annual IRC Conference runs from October 2-4, 2014 in Springfield, Illinois. Schoolwide’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, October 2nd at 10:30 am.

 

Please visit the IRC’s website for further information: http://www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org/conference.html





05.06.2014
Visit Schoolwide at IRA

Come visit Schoolwide, Inc. at IRA's (International Reading Association) 59th Annual Conference in New Orleans this May 9 - 12th. Stop by Booth 2452 to learn more about our new Reading Fundamentals Units of Study for Content Literacy. You can also meet Schoolwide's Director of Professional Development, Pat Pollack, and Literacy Consultant, Erik Lepis, as they share how to engage students by building their content knowledge while reading and studying texts in multiple genres.

We look forward to seeing you there!





04.07.2014
Schoolwide at ASCD 2014!

Our Vice President, Stephanie Klempner, was in attendance along with several of our representatives. We got the chance to catch up with some of our current customers and had a great time meeting new professionals in the educational field!

Every hour of the conference, a lucky attendee who stopped by our booth won a free Reading or Writing Fundamentals Unit of Study! Everyone loved the Junie B. Jones tote bag that came with the free unit! They were so popular that we even overheard people asking our customers where they got them!

Next up for Schoolwide is the IRA Annual Conference in New Orleans this May 9-12th! We hope to see you there!

  

View more photos from our ASCD booth here: https://www.facebook.com/Schoolwide





04.07.2014
Literacy Workshop in Houston

Schoolwide is hosting a literacy workshop entitled: A Focus on Expository Writing and Grammar in Houston, Texas on April 30th.

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading are organized by strands that support the overall development of student readers, writers, and thinkers. In this workshop, teachers will learn how teaching writing and grammar units of study that align to these standards will support their students in their literacy development and create opportunities for reflective learning.

To learn more and register for this workshop, please visit: http://www.schoolwide.com/workshop_043014_tx.php





01.16.2014

Schoolwide, Inc. is pleased to sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Book sale fundraiser to benefit the Titans Basketball Program and SECCA (Southeast Concerned Civic Association).  The Book Sale will include a terrific selection of brand new books (hardcovers, paperbacks, and board books) discounted up to 75% off from a wide variety of publishers including Scholastic, Penguin and Random House. In conjunction with the Book Sale, the Titans Basketball Program will be hosting a full-day youth basketball tournament consisting of 6 games. Players range from grades 4-8 and represent such towns as Dix Hills, Deer Park, Brentwood, Commack, Bethpage, and Kings Park.

All proceeds as well as any unsold books will be donated to the Titans Basketball Program and SECCA, two wonderful not-for-profit organizations.

Come support your local community programs and these talented young athletes!  

Date:

Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Time:

10:00am-3:00pm

Location:

Henry Kaufman Event Center

73 Colonial Springs Road

Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

Acceptable forms of payment:  Cash, Check, Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Amex)





11.21.2013
Introducing the NEW Schoolwide Marketplace

On Tuesday October 19th, Schoolwide, Inc. launched a new e-commerce shopping site called the Marketplace. We're really excited about this change, as it allows us to bring the e-commerce arm of our business more in line with the rest of the company by selling all our curriculum and catalog products on the site along with our classroom libraries and book sets. All of your educational curriculum and supporting resources are now available to purchase in one place!

Schoolwide customers can easily browse and purchase the following categories:

Curriculum Products – Schoolwide’s CCSS- aligned Reading, Writing and Grammar Units of Study include a wonderful selection of mentor texts and binder of corresponding mini-lessons, teaching materials, assessments and access to digital resources.

Classroom Libraries and Book Rooms – Schoolwide has a great selection of leveled, CCSS-aligned classroom libraries and book sets. Choose from complete libraries or smaller book sets to build your own.

Bargain Bundles – Schoolwide’s popular discount book bundles are now available on the Marketplace! Choose from 50, 100 or 500 books for grades PreK-8 at prices as low as $1.40 per book.

To learn more visit the Marketplace at http://www.schoolwide.com/marketplace/





06.20.2013
Lake Zurich School District selects Schoolwide!

Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 will pilot Schoolwide's Reading Fundamentals literacy curriculum with kindergarten through fifth grade students for the 2013–2014 academic year. The kick-off will begin with our Launching units and will then follow with the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry units of study.

The District chose to pilot Schoolwide's curriculum because of its Common Core State Standards alignment, and ultimately the program sets the foundation for a model that gradually releases responsibility from the teacher onto the student through mentor texts, short shared texts, and texts offered at each student's independent reading level.

Click here to read more about this exciting adoption in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Click here to learn more about the reading program that was recently adopted by District 95 and how your school(s) can also begin this exciting journey.




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