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Karl’s Blog 2-21-17

Reading In Motion just added an important new accomplishment to its resume, one I’m excited about and want you to celebrate right along with us. That accomplishment is in the form of a rigorous new study that indicates our newest program innovation – peer coaching – is producing very positive and sustainable reading results. A…

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Merry Christmas from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Dear Friends and Family, Jean and I had the opportunity to play new roles today, here in Paris. This is thanks to Jean’s dedicated volunteer work nearly every week at the Friday Mission Lunch for homeless people, held at the American Cathedral Church in Paris. We both had fun, and were proud to do our…

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Karl’s Blog 12-16-16

As I near the six month point in my one year sabbatical, here’s a quick update. 1. “You Have A Book Here!”: That was what Jean said after being the first reader of the full draft of the book I am writing. That’s a big relief, let me tell you! I started writing this book…

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Karl’s Blog 11-15-16

Dear Friends, Here is the next installment from the book I am writing. (BONUS: picture of me that Jean took, at my writing desk, working hard every morning.) This is another in the “technical” chapters, which lay out parts of the argument for how to make successful reading happen in schools. I have appreciated your…

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Karl’s Blog 11-14-2016

Friends, It has been five weeks since I last posted something here. I will remedy that now, posting this update on our life in Paris, then posting another piece tomorrow from the book I am writing. What’s happened here and in the world since my October 6th blog post? Well, the Cubs played a lot…

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Karl’s Blog, 10-6-16

October 6, 2016 Dear Readers, I am serializing my book for you here, or at least parts of it. My goal, in doing so, is to get feedback from you experts about the “technical” arguments I am making. These include how much time a child needs in order to excel at reading, which is the…

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Karl’s Blog 9-27-2016

I’ve been finishing writing a book while here in Paris on my sabbatical. It’s a book about what we’ve learned at Reading In Motion over the past 33 years of working in schools. Humans like stories better than lectures, I am told, so I am writing this book as a story, a novel, rather than…

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Guest Blog 9-13-16

I asked Jean to be a guest blogger on my blog and she said yes! Enjoy! *Recap of French Cultural Nuances observed by guest blogger, Jean Clough* When I was asked what I would miss about Chicago during this sabbatical year, I said family and friends. What I hadn’t expected to miss was cooking. But…

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Karl’s Blog 8-30-16

I’ve been focused on writing more chapters of a book these past few weeks, so now it’s time to catch-up a bit on the blog. It has been VERY hot here in Paris – high of 99 degrees, four days in a row over 90. (I know, you are all feeling so sorry for poor,…

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Karl’s Blog 816

I am a second language learner in France. My French language skills are almost non-existent, to be honest. Karina Lepeley, Reading In Motion’s Spanish Program Supervisor back in Chicago, suggested I write about this experience, and what I might be learning from it. So here goes (in English). I sit down at a cafe. The…

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Karl’s Blog, July 21, 2016

Dear Friends and colleagues, We have been in Paris for a little more than two weeks now, so I’ll use this blog entry as a chance to catch you up on how things are going and what we have been doing here these past few weeks. For those of you who are reading this and…

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Karl’s Blog 7-11-16

We left Chicago one week ago, landing in Paris 6 days ago. This first week has been mostly about acclimating to everything – the 7-hour time change, technology set-ups at our apartment, new apartment, football vs. soccer, etc… Such first-world problems, eh? We are coping! Our first night here, we went out to dinner and…

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Karl’s Blog 7-3-16

I’m still in Chicago, doing final preparations for leaving for a year. Our flight leaves O’Hare tomorrow, July 4th. Are Jean and I ready? As I keep telling people, we did all the 32 items on our To Do list – and now we have a new list of 47 items to do! But we…

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Welcome to my blog from Paris!

Well, I’m still here in Chicago, my last day before starting my one year sabbatical. This blog will be a way for me to share what’s going on and what I’m doing and thinking while on sabbatical. I’ll post something longer soon, but needed to test my “blog chops” (i.e. can I post something without…

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