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Teacher and student high-fiving in classroom

A new paradigm in education. A new vision for our future. 

HMH CEO, Jack Lynch, unveils our refreshed brand that reflects the vision and the organization we have become—one that seamlessly integrates the very best of technology with in-class instruction.

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Math achievement is on the rise in this Connecticut district

See how the integration of HMH’s Into Math program is spurring student growth in Bridgeport Public Schools after years of stagnation.

Latest Posts

WF2013900 Shaped 2024 Blog Post Guide to Creating Student Podcasts Hero

A quick guide for how to start a student podcast, with tips and tricks for teachers for the whole recording process

Erik Palmer
Program Consultant, Into Reading and Into Literature

Building Background Knowledge in K–6 Literacy

Learn about the importance of building background knowledge in K–6 literacy; plus, get tips and resources to support the process.

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

HMH Staff

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Dr. Amy Endo
Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

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HMH Teacher Ambassador Abbey Behnke shares instructional strategies and activities to engage students in vocabulary learning. Plus, she discusses how vocabulary is a catalyst for building reading comprehension skills.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

Strategies for Teaching Elementary Writing hero

Provide students with plenty of opportunities to practice writing, incorporate feedback, and revise with these research-backed writing strategies for elementary students.

Katie Risolo Radovich
First-Grade Teacher

WF1880715 Shaped 2024 Blog Post Science of Reading Small Group Reading Instruction Hero

This article shares ideas on how to integrate the science of reading and evidenced-based instructional techniques in small-group reading instruction.

Dr. Martha C. Hougen
National Consultant, Presenter, Researcher, and Author

Dr. Heather Haynes Smith
Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Trinity University

WF1943213 Shaped 2024 Blog Post What Is Academic Vocabulary Hero

Learn about what is academic vocabulary and find strategies for effective vocabulary instruction.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

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Kindergarten teacher Melissa Hawkins joins us from Hawai'i to discuss student engagement, literacy instruction, and connecting with families.

Jennifer Corujo
Shaped Editor

Summer learning activities for elementary and middle school students

As the school year ends, keep kids engaged with these fun summer school activities for elementary and middle school students.

Richard Blankman
Shaped Executive Editor

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

Mothers Day Hero

Check out our list of 13 Mother’s Day celebration ideas for school. From primary to middle school, explore fun Mother’s Day classroom activities and projects.

Marcela Grillo
Writer, Girls Write Now

Alicia Ivory
Shaped Editor

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Learn more about phonics—the relationship between the sounds of language and the letters that represent those sounds.

Dr. Shane Templeton
Foundation Professor Emeritus, Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; Into Reading Program Author

HMH Read 180 Frequently Asked Questions Hero

Read 180 is an intervention reading program notably known for helping Grades 3–12 students gain one or more years of average growth in one year. Discover the answers to Read 180 frequently asked questions to learn more about this solution.

Cathy Ferrara
VP Product Management, Supplemental & Intervention Solutions, HMH

Teaching Writing to Elementary Students Hero

An instructional coach shares tips on how to teach writing to elementary students without the fear that teachers can feel when faced with such a huge undertaking.

Kristen Eannetta
Instructional Coach

Presidents Day Lesson Plans And Activities

Use these 9 Presidents' Day lesson plans and activities for middle and high school classrooms to foster engaged and informed citizens.

Jordan Friedman
Former Shaped Editor

Brenda Iasevoli
Shaped Executive Editor

Hero Chinese Dragon

Explore 10 Chinese New Year classroom activities. Celebrate the Lunar New Year in your elementary or middle school class with a focus on cultural awareness, symbolism, and more.

Onalee Smith
Shaped Contributor

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Find instructional strategies to teach vocabulary to English language learners.

Dana Leon
Shaped Contributor

How and when should you transition away from decodable texts WF1881706

Learn strategies for transitioning students from decodable texts to authentic texts.

Dr. Shane Templeton
Foundation Professor Emeritus, Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno; Into Reading Program Author

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Learn how to teach vocabularly to your students. Explore 9 engaging ways to teach vocabulary that will help your students to draw connections.

Emily Hamm
Shaped Contributor

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