Scholastic Professional

What is it?

Scholastic Professional supports educators by offering professional services, books and curricular resources from leading experts in K–12 education. It provides a comprehensive, research-based approach to professional development that expands understanding of language, literacy, and learning as it elevates instruction—preparing students for a lifetime of success.

Who's it for?

Scholastic Professional supports K–12 educators.


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Experts on the Scholastic Reads Podcast

KYLENE BEERS and ROBERT E. PROBST explore a new approach to reading that encourages students to be responsive, responsible, and compassionate readers

PHYLLIS HUNTER shares what inspires her and offers advice on how to help children become avid readers

PAM ALLYN AND ERNEST MORRELL talk about the importance of reading aloud

LESTER LAMINACK discusses how we can encourage students to feel included, engaged, and welcomed

Experts in the News

ASCD EXPRESS Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst explain the critical need for critical literacy 

THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS Nell K. Duke, Ed.D. discusses the benefits of pairing informational texts with project-based learning

YAHOO! PARENTING Literacy expert Pam Allyn comments on the importance of Dads reading aloud

EDUCATION WEEK Annie Ward provides tips about how teachers can turn mistakes into learning opportunities

WPMI-TV Jan Richardson hosts a professional development seminar about guided reading for over 400 educators in Baldwin County, Alabama 

“Scholastic Professional provides the inspiration and information that enables educators to ignite a love of reading, writing, and learning in their classrooms and schools—and open a world of possible for all students.”

—Lois Bridges, Vice President and Publisher, Scholastic

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About Scholastic Professional

Ongoing, relevant professional learning that is tailored for educators is critical. Scholastic supports overall professional growth in delivering high-quality literacy instruction through custom professional learning, coaching, leadership support, and renowned author thought leadership. Our offerings are designed to create lasting change and success.

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2016-2017 Professional Book Releases

The latest books and professional resources from leading author-experts committed to helping all teachers fulfill their professional learning needs.

  • From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers by Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward
    Literacy experts Stephanie Harvey, President of Stephanie Harvey Consulting, and Annie Ward, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Mamaroneck Union Free School District in Westchester County, NY, demonstrate how to effectively assess and support striving readers so that they can become thriving readers. K–8 educators will learn how to use detailed, formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that enables students to find books that they love and engage in voluminous reading. This professional resource incorporates ready-to-go lessons, practices, and action steps as well as research that will help educators gain an understanding of the reading process, use strength-based performance data, and implement knowledge of high-quality instruction. The book also comes with an extensive online resource bank with downloadable assessments, “Top Ten” guides to share with parents and administrators, and video clips of reading conferences and book talks. Learn more.
  • Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success by Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Ilene Carver, and Jessica Lander
    Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Faculty Director of the Education Policy and Management Master’s Program, Dr. Karen L. Mapp, collaborates with Boston, MA educators Ilene Carver and Jessica Lander to compose a guide highlighting the critical need for engagement between schools and families. The book urges K–12 educators to evaluate their own core values and develop the mindset necessary for fostering respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with families to support student learning. Educators will also have access to an online resource bank that can be used for planning professional learning opportunities for educators and family engagement events throughout the school year.  Learn more. 
  • The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose, & Play by Ralph Fletcher
    Educator, speaker, and award-winning author of best-selling education professional books as well as titles for children and young adults, Ralph Fletcher, presents The Writing Teacher’s Companion, a practical guidebook to create, launch, and sustain an effective writer's workshop in K–8 classrooms for both new and veteran teachers. The new book emphasizes how encouraging choice, purpose, and play in writing will help students find their voices and become strong and passionate writers. Fletcher offers additional instructional guidance via video clips available in an online resource bank. Learn more.
  • Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers, Ed.D. and Robert E. Probst, Ph.D.
    In their newest professional resource for K–12 educators, award-winning authors and acclaimed literacy educators Kylene Beers, Ed.D. and Robert E. Probst, Ph.D. present a vision of what reading has the potential to be, emphasizing that it is a “changemaker” and students’ responses to their reading are crucial to the reading process. The authors frame reading as transformational rather than simply a practice of decoding, recalling, and responding to questions. They show that a student’s perception of reading as simply a set of skills results in a less-engaged reader. The book outlines a new framework developed by Beers and Probst called Book, Head, Heart (BHH) that alerts readers to pay attention to the text, their thoughts about it, what they feel, and how they might have changed by reading it. This timely book is being released just as many people are becoming aware that today’s complex media landscape has made it more important than ever for young people to become not only skillful readers, but also responsive, responsible, and compassionate readers. Learn more.

Our Authors

Scholastic Professional authors are recipients of highly prestigious awards and appointments—from the Newbery Medal to the first Global Teacher Award to President of the National Council Teachers of English (NCTE). Scholastic Professional services, books and curricular resources are informed by authors’ pivotal research and extensive experience in classrooms, schools, and districts.

Scholastic Professional authors include:

  • Kwame Alexander, Poet, Author, and Newbery Medal Winner
  • Pam Allyn, Founder, LitWorld
  • Nancie Atwell, Founder, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Kylene Beers, Past President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • Ilene Carver, Boston, MA, Educator
  • Ruth Culham, Ed.D., Founder, Culham Writing Company
  • Anne E. Cunningham, Ph.D., University of California Berkeley
  • Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., University of Michigan
  • Ralph Fletcher, Trade and Professional Author
  • Irene Fountas, Ed.D., Lesley University
  • David Freeman, Ph.D., University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Yvonne Freeman, Ph.D., University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Stephanie Harvey, Founder, Stephanie Harvey Consulting
  • Freddy Hiebert, Ph.D., Text Project
  • Linda Hoyt, Professional Author and Consultant
  • Phyllis C. Hunter, Founder, Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc.
  • Lester L. Laminack, Author, Literacy Consultant
  • Jessica Lander, Ed.M., Boston, MA, Educator
  • Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Donalyn Miller, Trade and Professional Author
  • Ernest Morrell, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Robert E. Probst, Ph.D., Georgia State University
  • Jan Richardson, Ph.D., Professional Author and Consultant
  • Laura Robb, Professional Author and Consultant
  • Jennifer Serravallo, Professional Author and Consultant
  • Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Children’s Author, California Teacher of the Year Award Winner, Founder, The Writer’s Success Academy
  • Michael W. Smith, Ph.D., Temple University
  • Gay Su Pinnell, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • Maria Walther, Ed.D., First-Grade Teacher, Professional Author and Consultant
  • Annie Ward, Ed.M, Mamaroneck Union Free School District
  • Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Ph.D., Boise State University
  • Sharon Zinke, Founder, Zinke Educational Consulting


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From Striving to Thriving: How to Grow Confident, Capable Readers by Stephanie Harvey and Annie Ward

Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success by Dr. Karen L. Mapp, Ilene Carver, and Jessica Lander

The Writing Teacher’s Companion: Embracing Choice, Voice, Purpose, & Play by Ralph Fletcher

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers, Ed.D. and Robert E. Probst, Ph.D.


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