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March 30 2020

Questions About Copyright During COVID-19

As teachers move from the classroom to the cloud, I am fielding a lot of questions related to copyright laws.  In this blog post, I offer guidance on copyright laws and fair use guidelines as they relate to educational materials.  As an educator myself, I understand the desire to provide resources to students at whatever cost, but urge educators to respect copyright, and lead by example.

What is a copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection that is automatically given to creators of literary, musical, dramatic, artistic, and intellectual works.  (Copyright exists immediately and automatically when the work is created in a tangible way.) The author of the work has the sole right to make copies of the work, distribute copies of the work, perform the work publicly, display the work publicly, and make modifications or adaptations to the work.

June 2 2017

Why Students Love CIA: Letters From Students

A special envelope arrived in the mail several weeks ago. Inside I was delighted to find 17 handwritten letters from 5th grade students in Auburn, WA. On top of the pile was a letter from their teacher, explaining the reason for their correspondence.

April 13 2017

Using Turn and Talk Stems Across the Globe

Earlier this month, Bethany and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Macau near Hong Kong to work with teachers and English Language Learners in Hou Kong Premier School to learn many of the strategies of our C. I. A. curriculum. While there, we learned the power of turn and talk stems—a major part of the Read Side by Side curriculum—to give confidence and a feeling of success to students learning the English language. How gratifying to see this approach help students across the globe!

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