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School newscast promotes reading via Instagram

favicon In August, I was published in The New York Times.

Now another dream has come true: I’ve been interviewed as a “literacy expert” on CAT News, the scholastic news broadcast at City Arts and Tech High School in San Francisco.

It’s spectacular. Please take a look. (I edited the newscast down to just our segment. It’s about 3 minutes, 30 seconds long.)

All I can say is, I did my best. Global Studies teacher Marni Spitz is amazing to work with, and I love her energy and dedication to her students. I hope the “CATsters Caught Reading” campaign flourishes.

We’re finding out that SSR during the school day just isn’t enough. To get books read, and to improve reading scores, students should read three hours or more a week. Because many ninth graders regard anything school-related done after school to be “homework,” and therefore anathema, we’re trying to change things up and get students reading more.

In other news, Ms. Spitz and I have just launched another Kindle classroom. Twenty ninth graders from CAT are reading on Kindles!

Please let me know what you think of my debut broadcast! favicon


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