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September 2014 (Volume 22, Number 1)
Speaking and Listening


Jeff Zwiers
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Jeff Zwiers about his article (coauthored with Susan O'Hara and Robert Pritchard), "Conversing to Fortify Literacy, Language, and Learning." (14:16)

Marc Nachowitz
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Marc Nachowitz about his article (coauthored with Nancy Brumer), "Teaching the Talk, Not the Text." (18:49)

Pooja Patel
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Pooja Patel about her article, "Using Formative Assessment to Improve Presentation Skills." (9:31)

Cristian Aquino-Sterling
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Cristian Aquino-Sterling about his article, "Speaking and Listening in a New Key: Discursive Performances in Light of Common Core." (14:05)

Mary Ellen Miller
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Mary Ellen Miller about her article, "The Power of Conversation: Linking Discussion of Social Justice to Literacy Standards." (14:24)

Sophie Degener and Jennifer Berne
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Sophie Degener and Jennifer Berne about their article, "Speaking and Listening during Small-Group Reading Instruction." (12:18)

Carol Losos
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Carol Losos about her article (coauthored with Dee Burek), "Debate: Where Speaking and Listening Come First." (12:11)

Jessica F. Overstreet
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Jessica F. Overstreet about her article (coauthored with Mary E. Styslinger), "Strengthening Argumentative Writing with Speaking and Listening (Socratic) Circles." (12:26)

Mark Maya
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Mark Maya about his article (coauthored with Theresa Redmond), "Multimedia Character Analysis: How Digital Production Fosters Twenty-First Century Literacy." (15:29)

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May 2014 (Volume 21, Number 4)
Remixing the Roles of Teacher and Learner

David Cooper Moore and Theresa Redmond
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with David Cooper Moore and Theresa Redmond about their article, "Media at the Core: How Media Literacy Strategies Strengthen Teaching with Common Core." (12:26)

Lauren Gibbons
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Lauren Gibbons about her article, "Writing Needs a Place to Play: Leaving Room for Rehearsing through Revision Centers." (9:29)

Jessica A. Wertz
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Jessica A. Wertz about her article, "Bitstrips and Storybird: Writing Development in a Blended Literacy Camp." (8:51) 

Toby Emert
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Toby Emert about his article, "'Hear a Story, Tell a Story, Teach a Story': Digital Narratives and Refugee Middle Schoolers." (12:25) 

Ruth McQuirter Scott
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Ruth McQuirter Scott about her article, "'Miss Alaineus' Thoughts on Vocabulary Instruction in 21st-Century Classrooms." (8:59)

Crystal V. Shelby-Caffey
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Crystal V. Shelby-Caffey about her article (coauthored with Ronald Caffey, Cameron A. Caffey, and Kolbi A. Caffey), "The Promise of Remix: An Open Message to Educators." (10:59)

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March 2014 (Volume 21, Number 3)
Narration, Persuasion, Argumentation: Teaching Writing with Purpose


Carol Jago
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Carol Jago about her article, "First Do No Harm." (10:16)

Shelley Stagg Peterson
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Shelley Stagg Peterson about her article, "'It's a Juggling Act Sometimes': Peers and Teachers Supporting Students' Writing Lives." (11:40)

Jane Hansen
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Jane Hansen about her article, "Spanish, Mathematics, and English: The Languages of Success in a Grade 8 Class" (coauthored with Kateri Thunder). (8:21)

Lori Czop Assaf
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Lori Czop Assaf about her article, "A Call for Action: Engaging in Purposeful, Real-World Writing" (coauthored with Joël Johnson). (11:52)

Wolfram Verlaan
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Wolfram Verlaan about his article, "Developing Argument Writing through Evidence-Based Responses to Student-Generated Questions" (coauthored with Evan Ortlieb and Sue Oakes Verlaan). (14:47)

Paula M. Carbone
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Paula Carbone about her article, "Aristotle in the Classroom: Scaffolding the Rhetorical Situation." (8:27)

Thomas DeVere Wolsey
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Thomas DeVere Wolsey about his article, "Accuracy in Digital Writing Environments: Read Up, Ask Around, Double-Check." (10:44)

Denise N. Morgan
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Denise Morgan about her article, "Four Reasons to Write List Articles with Middle School Students" (coauthored with Leslie Benko and Gayle Marek Hauptman). (6:15)


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December 2013 (Volume 21, Number 2)
Feed-Forward: Linking Instruction with Assessment


W. James Popham
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with W. James Popham about his article in the December 2013 issue, "Tough Teacher Evaluation and Formative Assessment: Oil and Water?" (16:27)

Dylan Wiliam
VM coeditor Doug Fisher talks with Dylan Wiliam about his article in the December 2013 issue, "Assessment: The Bridge between Teaching and Learning." (6:06)

Susan M. Brookhart
VM coeditor Doug Fisher talks with Susan M. Brookhart about her article in the December 2013 issue, "Develop a Student-Centered Mind-set for Formative Assessment." (6:17)

Katie Stover
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Katie Stover about the article she coauthored (with Karen D. Wood, Erin Donovan, Jeanne R. Paratore, and Rachel McCormack) in the December 2013 issue, "A Tale of Two Authentic Assessment Tools." (15:59)

Laura Greenstein
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Laura Greenstein about her article in the December 2013 issue, "Formative Assessment and the Common Core: Blending the Best in Assessment." (10:40)

Amanda Sass-Henke
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Amanda Sass-Henke about her article in the December 2013 issue, "Living and Learning: Formative Assessment in a Middle Level Classroom." (6:43)

Gayle Marek Hauptman and Barbara Clark
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Gayle Marek Hauptman and Barbara Clark about their article (coauthored with Denise N. Morgan, Jeff L. Williams, and Scott Hatteberg) in the December 2013 issue, "Assessments That Inform and Shape Instruction within a Reading Workshop." (6:30)

Renita Schmidt
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Renita Schmidt about her article in the December 2013 issue, "Sketching as Response and Assessment: From Misunderstanding to Better Instruction." (7:50)


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September 2013 (Volume 21, Number 1)
Expanding the Canon: Virtue or Vice?

Amanda Haertling Thein
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Amanda Haertling Thein about her article (coauthored with Richard Beach), "Critiquing and Constructing Canons in Middle Grade English Language Arts Classrooms." Thein offers an alternative framework for selecting texts, arguing that the canon should be expanded to better address students' interests and needs.




Tonya B. Perry
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Tonya B. Perry about her article (coauthored with B. Joyce Stallworth), "21st-Century Students Demand a Balanced, More Inclusive Canon." Perry believes that young adult and other literatures should be used in the classroom (beyond the traditionally canonical texts suggested as exemplars in the Common Core State Standards).




William J. Fassbender

VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with William J. Fassbender, coauthor (with Margaret Dulaney and Carol A. Pope) of "Graphic Narratives and the Evolution of the Canon: Adapting Literature for a New Generation." Fassbender discusses what happened when he added Gene Luen Yang's graphic novel American Born Chinese to the traditional curriculum of an 8th-grade honors class.



David E. Low

VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with David E. Low about his article (coauthored with Gerald Campano), "The Image Becomes the Weapon: New Literacies and Canonical Legacies." Low says that students resist being "highbrowbeaten" and that they think transculturally and against genres to draw from canons while creating them anew.



Emily Grater
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Emily Grater about her article (coauthored with Danielle Johnson), "The Power of Song: Cultural Relevance in the Eighth-Grade Classroom." Grater relates how she used songs and music videos to create more culturally relevant learning experiences for a challenging class of eighth graders.
 



David E. Kirkland
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with David E. Kirkland about his article, "Teaching the (Uni)Verse: An Essay for Teachers of Languages, Texts, and Cultures." Kirkland discusses how he used a mysterious box to evoke stories from his students before talking about ways they were making meaning. He then connected that to their reading and the different types of texts they encounter, including nonprint texts.




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May 2013 (Volume 20, Number 4)
Teaching the Language of School and Academics


Dianna Townsend
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Dianna Townsend, coauthor (with Lisa Larson and Temoca Dixon) of "How Can Teachers Increase Classroom Use of Academic Vocabulary?" The article details an action research project that helps students practice using academic vocabulary in social studies classes.

 

Kay Cowan
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Kay Cowan, coauthor (with Sarah Sandefur) of "Building on the Linguistic and Cultural Strengths of EL Students." The article features an interview with and observation of a teacher working with EL students on units of study on World War II and the Holocaust, leading to guided writing of student autobiographies.

 

Eliane Rubinstein-Avila
VM coeditor Nancy Frey talks with Eliane Rubinstein-Avila, author of "Scaffolding Content and Language Demands for 'Reclassified' Students." The article showcases a science teacher and a reading teacher who scaffold language demands for students who have been reclassified from English language learners to Fluent English Proficient.

 

Cecilia Silva, Molly Weinburgh, and Kathy Horak Smith
VM coeditor Diane Lapp talks with Cecilia Silva, Molly Weinburgh, and Kathy Horak Smith about their article "Not Just Good Science Teaching: Supporting Academic Language Development." They describe how they developed and taught an integrated curriculum for a science unit in an urban school district with a large population of English language learners.

 

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March 2013 (Volume 20, Number 3)
Tolerance 2.0

 Ian Pumpian
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Ian Pumpian, author of “Tolerance: Woven into the Fabric of the School, or Not?” (11:29)





 Kristine E. Pytash
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Kristine E. Pytash, coauthor (with Denise N. Morgan and Katherine E. Batchelor) of "Recognize the Signs: Reading Young Adult Literature to Address Bullying.” (7:10)





 Kevin Cordi and Kimberly Masturzo
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Kevin Cordi and Kimberly Masturzo, coauthors of "Using Literature and Digital Storytelling to Create a Safe Place to Address Bullying.” (21:00)





 Cheryl James Ward
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Cheryl James Ward, author of "Addressing Stereotypes by Moving along the Continuum of Cultural Proficiency.” (8:06)





 Margaret Berg
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Margaret Berg, author of "Tolerance to Alliance: Deconstructing Dichotomies to Advocate for All Students.” (10:54)





 Debi Khasnabis and Kevin Upton
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Debi Khasnabis and Kevin Upton, authors of "Disrupting Traditions: Swimming against the Current of Adolescent Bullying.” (14:41)





 Cindy Tarrant
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Cindy Tarrant, coauthor (with Kathryn Godwin, Stacey Daniel, and Dawn Bolton) of "Empathy 2.0 and the Wonderful World of Wiki Collaboration.” (9:17)




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December 2012 (Volume 20, Number 2)
Grouping in Middle School

Kelly Chandler-Olcott
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Kelly Chandler-Olcott, coauthor of "Grouping Lessons We Learned from Co-teaching in a Summer Writing Institute." (9:57)

 

  Trudi J. Nelson
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Trudi J. Nelson, author of "Improving Groups Using the Lens of the Overachiever." (7:33)

Tonya B. Perry
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Tonya B. Perry, author of "Weighing Anchor in the 'Ragged Times.'" (16:08)



Katherine Batchelor
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Katherine Batchelor, author of "The 'Us' in Discuss: Grouping in Literature Circles." (14:30)

Brian R. Horn
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Brian R. Horn, author of "Too Big to Fail: Rethinking Group Work in a Restructured Middle School." (8:50)


 

Maryann Tatum Tobin
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Maryann Tatum Tobin, author of "Digital Storytelling: Reinventing Literature Circles." (15:38)


 

Gretchen Hovan
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Gretchen Hovan, author of "Writing for a Built-in Audience: Writing Groups in the Middle School Classroom." (11:14)

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September 2012 (Volume 20, Number 1)
Background Knowledge and Vocabulary



 Diane Barone
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Diane Barone, coauthor (with Rebecca Barone) of "Building Background Knowledge within Literature Circles" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (19:14)




 William P. Bintz
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and William P. Bintz, coauthor (with Petra Pienkosky Moran, Rochelle Berndt, Elizabeth Ritz, Julie A. Skilton, and Lisa S. Bircher) of "Using Literature to Teach Inference across the Curriculum" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (12:55)




  

 Beatrice Mendez Newman
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Beatrice Mendez Newman, author of "Mentor Texts and Funds of Knowledge: Situating Writing within Our Students' Worlds" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (12:32)




  

 Robert J. Marzano
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Robert J. Marzano, author of "A Comprehensive Approach to Vocabulary Instruction" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (18:00)




  

 Sarah Davis
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Sarah Davis, author of "Language and Learning under the Microscope" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (10:44)




 Antony T. Smith
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Antony T. Smith, coauthor (with Robin L. Angotti) of "'Why Are There So Many Words in Math?': Planning for Content-Area Vocabulary Instruction" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (9:46)




  

 Rachael Gabriel
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Rachael Gabriel, coauthor (with Richard Allington and Monica Billen) of "Background Knowledge and the Magazine Reading Students Choose" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (13:44)




 

 Rose Cherie Reissman
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Rose Cherie Reissman, author of "Developing a Community of Critically Literate Consumers . . . One Close Label-Reading at a Time" in the September 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. ( 16:26)




 

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May 2012 (Volume 19, Number 4)
New Literacies

Margaret C. Hagood
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Margaret C. Hagood, author of "Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities of Using New Literacies" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (8:54)


 

 William Kist
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and William Kist, author of "Middle Schools and New Literacies: Looking Back and Moving Forward" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (15:52)



 

 Amy Schechter and Jennifer M. Denmon
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Amy Schechter & Jennifer Denmon, coauthors of "How Do I Earn Buy-In from Digital Natives?" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (9:37)



 

 Chris Leland
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Chris Leland, coauthor (with Anne Ociepka and Kate Kuonen) of "Finding Our Way: Eighth Graders Explore Social Networking Sites" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (5:31)



 

 Allen Teng
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Allen Teng, author of "Writing Teachers Should Comment on Facebook Walls" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (6:59)



 

 Mohammed Choudhury
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Mohammed Choudhury, coauthor (with Jeff Share) of "Critical Media Literacy: A Pedagogy for New Literacies and Urban Youth" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (12:20)



 

 Nancy Werner-Burke
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Nanci Werner-Burke, coauthor (with Jane Spohn, Jessica Spencer, Bobbi Button, and Melissa Morral) of "Bridging the Disconnect: A Layered Approach to Jump-Starting Engagement" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (12:59)




 

 Adrienne Costello
A conversation between VM coeditor Doug Fisher and Adrienne Costello, author of "Multimodality in an Urban, Eighth-Grade Classroom" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (13:26)




 

 Nick Kremer and Harlow Sanders
A conversation between VM coeditor Nancy Frey and Nick Kremer and Harlow Sanders, coauthors of "Shakespeare in 3D: Bringing the Bard to Life through New (Old) Media" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (9:27)




 

 Phil Nichols
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Phil Nichols, author of "From Knowledge to Wisdom: Critical Evaluation in New Literacy Instruction" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (17:03)




 

 Joan C. Fingon
A conversation between VM coeditor Diane Lapp and Joan C. Fingon, author of "Nontraditional Texts and the Struggling/Reluctant Reader" in the May 2012 issue of Voices from the Middle. (14:16)




 

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March 2012 (Volume 19, Number 3)
Preparing Our Students as Writers

 

 Jan Lacina
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Jan Lacina, coauthor (with Cathy Collins Block) of the article "Progressive Writing Instruction: Empowering School Leaders and Teachers" in the March 2012 issue. (17:28)

 

 Barbara J. Radcliffe
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Nancy Frey and Barbara J. Radcliffe, author of the article "Narrative as a Springboard for Expository and Persuasive Writing: James Moffett Revisited" in the March 2012 issue. (10:04)




 

 Susan E. Elliott-Johns
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Susan E. Elliott-Johns, coauthor (with David Booth, Jennifer Rowsell, Enrique Puig, and Jane Paterson) of the article "Using Student Voices to Guide Instruction" in the March 2012 issue. (20:48)




 

  Denise N. Morgan
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Doug Fisher and Denise N. Morgan, coauthor (with Barbara Clark, Joe Paris, and Claudia Kozel) of the article "Teaching Writers through a Unit of Study Approach" in the March 2012 issue. (7:02)




 

 Cara Gutzmer and Phillip Wilder
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Nancy Frey and Cara Gutzmer and Phillip Wilder, coauthors of the article "'Writing So People Can Hear Me': Responsive Teaching in a Middle School Poetry Unit" in the March 2012 issue. (12:57)




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December 2011 (Volume 19, Number 2)
The Faces of Intervention
 

 Cheryl Wozniak
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Nancy Frey and author Cheryl Wozniak about Wozniak's article "Reading and Talking about Books: A Critical Foundation for Intervention" in the December 2011 issue. (7:49)




 

 Gay Ivey
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Doug Fisher and author Gay Ivey about Ivey's article "What Not to Read: A Book Intervention" in the December 2011 issue. (19:40)




 

 Maribeth Cassidy Schmitt
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and author Maribeth Cassidy Schmitt about Schmitt's article "Using a Network of Strategies Rubric to Become a Self-Regulated Learner" in the December 2011 issue. (17:20)




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September 2011September 2011 (Volume 19, Number 1)
Quality Teaching

 

Cynthia Brock
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Cynthia H. Brock, coauthor (with Fenice B. Boyd) of "Fostering Meaningful Middle School Literacy Learning: Investigating Beliefs and Practices" in the September 2011 issue. Listen to Cindy’s description of the contrasts between two middle school teachers’ instructional practices. What similarities and differences do you see at your school? (14 min)




 

Seth Parsons
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Nancy Frey and Seth Parsons, coauthor (with Baxter Williams, Sarah Burrowbridge, and Gary Mauk) of "The Case for Adaptability as an Aspect of Reading Teacher Effectiveness" in the September 2011 issue. Parsons highlights their findings on the link between a teacher’s ability to capitalize on “teachable moments” and student achievement. How has your ability to adapt instruction grown with experience? How can you foster this skill in other teachers? (9 min) 




 

Mary Beth Schaefer
A conversation between Voices from the Middle coeditor Diane Lapp and Mary Beth Schaefer, author of "Becoming a Good Teacher: Struggles from the Swampland" in the September 2011 issue. The author’s own inquiry process is deeply personal and reflective. How do you handle the reflective nature of teaching so that it benefits your students? (18 min) 







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