Summer brings that extra time we need to read wildly! If you need motivation to do just that go to a Donalyn Miller workshop and prepare to be inspired! She presents the facts in a plain and simple format. She’s done her homework which gives teachers the evidence that supports what we all know to be true…one must read to improve one’s reading skills. As one of my third graders put it, “You need skills to pay the bills.” Donalyn shares research that proves voracious readers end up with better jobs later in life. I know it’s not earth shattering but it validates the gut feeling many of us share. The educational world seems to focus on standardized testing…Why? How does all the money and time spent on testing and test prep benefit the kids? Which will broaden the world of children, reading or testing???