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From the Authors of Surviving to Thriving: News and Updates

January 6, 2013

First of all thank you to all of our loyal followers and those of you who are new to our blog. One year ago we entered the blogosphere with both feet and have enjoyed a year of success. Many of you have email notification from our blog while some follow us on Twitter, Facebook, RSS Feed or LinkedIn. Some of you have found us through Pinterest, other blogs or Google searches.

In 2012 we had 8,200 views. We think that is a lot!! Visitors came from 99 countries. Our most popular blog was Teaching with the Hunger Games.  It was a successful year.hunger-games-jacket-640

Recently we have made some more decisions and set goals for the coming year.

First of all, From Surviving to Thriving blog will remain the same. We will aim for weekly blog posts from Linda C. that will contain advice, inspiration, and free resources to use in your classroom.

Secondly, we have started a new blog, Surviving to Thriving LjL.  Managing this blog will be co-author, Neiman. logo7_

On this blog you will also find inspiration and advice for teachers, but you will also be informed about our new products that are now available for purchase on our Teachers Pay Teachers Store. This store will have a variety of products for sale that will be developed by all three authors: Jennifer, Neiman, and Linda C. Neiman will be our inspiring marketer.

We hope you will sign up for notifications from our new blog and check out our TPT Store. We always love to hear from you. We appreciate your feedback on our work and we encourage you to share your ideas with us. Some of you are former  students and we would love to hear from you.silver.xlarge.badge

Third piece of news. We will be presenting  at the 2013 ASCD 68th Annual Conference – Chicago, Illinois, March 18, 2013

Session Title: Orchestrating Student Voices to Build a Community of Learners #3225

Date: Monday, March 18, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: McCormick Place West, Level 1, Room W187C

Presenters: Jennifer Fontanini , Linda Carpenter , Linda Neiman


In this session, experience activities designed to engage students of all age levels and populations in building their own community of learners. Participate in activities that facilitate the teacher and students getting to know each other. Learn how these interactive activities allow students to direct their learning and interactions while giving the teacher data to design meaningful, relevant learning experiences. Participate in small-group discussions to construct understanding in how community-building activities enhance student learning and promote social justice. Presentation materials for all activities will be available online.

Finally, we would like to share professional news. Co-author Jennifer Fontanini was recently named Associate Dean for the  School of Education at Cardinal Stritch University. Congratulations Jennifer! Co-author Linda Neiman recently retired from the university, but is busier than ever and very excited about our new blog and TPT venture. Congrats Neiman!

Over the past few months the three of us have been working with and providing staff development for a Wisconsin middle school. In conjunction with our work there,  we are conducting a research project on effective instruction and are excited about results and implications for best practice. You can follow our news on our blog pages About the Book/Authors and Presentations, Workshops, and Conferences.

You can see we are three busy authors. We are excited about the new year!

We wish you and yours a happy and healthy new year!


Linda C.

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