I love the Blogstitute for several reasons. I try to keep up on all Stenhouse books because I love the philosophy of the company and know that any book I pick up from them will match my beliefs. But as hard as I try, I just can't keep up. So the Blogstitute introduces me to some books and authors I don't know.
I also love the way Stenhouse lets me preview books online. There is so much I can see about a book right on the site. Many of the new books can be read completely online. I also love the variety of resources (like podcasts and videos) that go along with the books. The blogstitute helps me keep up with all that is new on the site, as well as keeping up with new professional books and authors.
The blogstitute also lets me learn from people I've learned from over the years and regrounds me a bit. This year, Stenhouse has an amazing line up. There is a diverse group of authors--the list includes various grade levels, various content areas, various topics. It looks to be a great year!
These are the people you'll learn from this year at the Stenhouse Blogstitute:
Jeff Zwiers, Robert Pritchard, and Susan O'Hara, authors of Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms
Sue Kemptom, author of Let's Find Out (You can also see a video from Sue Kempton's classroom on the Stenhouse site.)
Elham Kazemi and Allison Hinz, authors of Intentional Talk
Shirley McPhillips, author of Poem Central
Dorothy Barnhouse, author of Readers Front and Center
Aimee Buckner Nonfiction Notebooks (You can also listen to a podcast with Aimee Buckner on the site.)
Kassia Omohundro Wedekind, author of Math Exchanges (Also, listen to a Podcast with Kassia on the Stenhouse site.)
Laurie Rubin, author of To Look Closely