Scholastic Presents Free Year-Long Professional Development Webcast Series for Teachers

“Teacher Talks” Give Educators Access to Experts on
Literacy, Inquiry-Based Instruction, Technology and Classroom Management

NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 5, 2010) – Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is bringing some of the nation’s most respected education experts to the offices, classrooms and homes of teachers and school leaders this year. The free professional development webcasts, called “Teacher Talks,” will focus on topics that include boosting adolescent literacy, building reading fluency, implementing inquiry-based instruction, managing your classroom, motivating students and individualizing instruction.

The “Teacher Talks” will include discussions with leading academics and authors, including Pam Allyn, David Rose, Tim Rasinski, Jeff Wilhelm and Laura Robb, and will allow educators to participate on the Web from their offices, classrooms or anywhere that is convenient for them. Each 35-minute webcast will include a moderated discussion with the expert and questions submitted before and during the event by audience members. Teachers and school leaders can watch and participate live, or view archived replays of the discussions afterwards at

“Since 1920, Scholastic has been the most trusted name in learning, providing a wide array of resources and services to support teachers in the classroom,” said Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic. “Now, as we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we are thrilled to offer this new series and build on a rich legacy of being the place that teachers turn to for valuable, practical information about what works and what will make a difference in the lives of their students.”

Scholastic will host five “Teacher Talks” throughout the 2010-2011 school year:

Classroom Management, with Pam Allyn
Thursday, October 7, 2010, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
Pam Allyn is Executive Director of LitLife and LitWorld, and author of several books on teaching reading.

Technology to Motivate and Differentiate, with David Rose
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
David Rose is the Founding Director and Chief Scientist of Cognition and Learning at the Center for Applied Special Technology

Fluency, with Tim Rasinski
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
Tim Rasinski is Professor of Education in the Reading and Writing Center at Kent State University and author of many books on reading instruction.

Inquiry and Motivation in English Language Arts, with Jeff Wilhelm
Thursday, February 10, 2011, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m.
Jeff Wilhelm is the Associate Professor of English Education at Boise State University, an author and a former teacher.

Adolescent Literacy, with Laura Robb
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
Laura Robb is a Literacy Coach at Powhatan School in Boyce, Virginia and has more than 43 years of teaching experience.

Participants can submit questions before or during the webcasts when they register at

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