Scripted curriculum is not working. Educational companies seem more concerned with corporate profits than effective methodology. This is why I took the time to step aside from writing young adult fiction to create The BookJam.
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Prince Frederick, MD (Vocus) February 4, 2009
Recorded Books has signed Alan Sitomer, highly acclaimed author of young adult literature and three-time Teacher of the Year, to write a high school English curriculum product that will be published in April 2009.
"We are thrilled to work with such a visionary teacher to create a product that will engage students and help them succeed," said Will DeLamater, Recorded Books Vice President of School Sales and Product Development.
The Alan Sitomer BookJam includes materials that Sitomer uses in his inner-city Los Angeles classroom. The program is designed to engage reluctant readers with high-interest literature, elevate core literacy skills, close the Achievement Gap, and produce high-quality results that are reflected in standardized test scores and real-world applications.
Sitomer, whose novel The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez was recently chosen as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers by ALA, said, "Scripted curriculum is not working. Educational companies seem more concerned with corporate profits than effective methodology. This is why I took the time to step aside from writing young adult fiction to create The BookJam." Sitomer added, "All I can say is this stuff works. And it's not rocket science. Kids are kids, and when you can get them to participate in their own education, the sky is the limit."
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ABOUT RECORDED BOOKS: Recorded Books, a Haights Cross Communications company, produces and distributes unabridged audiobooks and other audio products for schools and libraries, in CD, cassette and Playaway formats. Over 9,000 titles are available for children, young adults, and adults, narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books also publishes and distributes curriculum products including Dr. Janet Allen's Plugged-in to Reading (http://www.pluggedintoreading.com), Plugged-in to Nonfiction, and The Alan Sitomer BookJam (http://www.thebookjam.com). Packaging is designed for high circulation. One-year warranty, cataloging, processing, and free MARC records are available. For more information, visit http://www.recordedbooks.com.
ABOUT HAIGHTS CROSS COMMUNICATIONS: Founded in 1997 and based in White Plains, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public library and school publishing, audiobooks, and medical continuing-education publishing. Haights Cross companies include Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing (Northborough, MA), Triumph Learning (New York, NY), Buckle Down Publishing (Iowa City, IA), Options Publishing (Merrimack, NH), Recorded Books (Prince Frederick, MD), and Oakstone Publishing (Birmingham, AL). For more information, visit http://www.haightscross.com.
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