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Educator Resources

WETA and the National Education Association have teamed up to provide resources to support educators in literacy instruction.
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Literacy Instruction

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ABC, 123, SEL …

Get the basics on social and emotional learning (SEL) — the five key elements, why it's important, how to integrate SEL practices into the classroom, and more.
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Looking at Reading Interventions

In this special Reading Rockets video series, students in grades K-3 work one-on-one with reading expert Linda Farrell on specific reading skills.

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Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing

This self-paced professional development course presents some of the core information that K-3 teachers need to help young children learn to read and write well and to support the children who struggle.

Meet the Author Videos

Meet the Author: Paula Yoo

Paula Yoo is an award-winning author of picture books including Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story, and YA novels and narrative nonfiction, including From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement. Paula is also a TV writer/producer, screenwriter, and professional violinist. You can watch Paula's interview on YA books, including Vincent Chin, here.

Meet the Author: Ricky Robertson

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) — different forms of chronic or acute stress — can result from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse to gang violence, poverty, or natural disasters. They can affect a child in the short and long term and show up in the classroom as disruptive or violent behavior, depression, or anxiety.

Meet the Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, is an award-winning author and the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate. In this interview, she talks about her entry into the publishing world, her books and her work on Heartdrum, and the changing landscape in publishing for Native writers and illustrators.

Meet the Author: Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is an award-winning author of numerous books for young adults and children. In this interview, Matt talks about the community where he grew up, his conversations with young people about reading and writing, and how he continues to reflect on his own identity and experiences through his books.

Meet the Author: Traci Sorell

Traci Sorell writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction for young people of all ages, focusing primarily on the contemporary lives of Native peoples.

Meet the Author: Minh Lê

Minh Lê is the award-winning author of Drawn Together and Lift (both illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat) and other picture books for young readers. He is also the author of Green Lantern: Legacy, a middle grade graphic novel for DC Comics.

Meet the Author: Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the award-winning author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall's Life, Leadership and Legacy, She Persisted: Ruby Bridges, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series.

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Adolescent Literacy

Looking for information and resources to help your struggling adolescent readers and writers? AdLit, a program made possible through a grant from NEA, has a multimedia library of free, research-based resources to support your students in grades 6-12.

More Resources

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Setting the Tone for the Day, for the School, for the District Through Social Emotional Learning

Learn how Virginia’s Alexandria City Public Schools formalized social-emotional learning during the pandemic for diverse groups of students of different ages.
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How Social and Emotional Learning Can Help Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

Learn how a Chicago English teacher is sharing social-emotional learning (SEL) tools with her high school students that they can use both inside and beyond the classroom.
Juliana Urtubey
Something that has been critical in my professional development is to always, always, always make sure that I’m keeping families front and center because ultimately the family health is what will determine our students’ health and their academic success.
Quote by: Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year
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Recommended Books and Teaching Resources from Read Across America

Looking for diverse books to teach or fill your classroom library? Need recommended books by theme? Want to start a book club at your school? Then visit NEA's Read Across America for books, authors, and teaching resources that promote diversity and inclusion.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.