Myra is Head of the Elementary Ed. Dept at Queens College, and the Author of shop.scholastic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_56838_-1_10001_10002 Making Sense of History
Here she is commenting on Mary Ann’s post about trade books and teachers, which I forwarded to her:
I see this problem — trade books are wonderful, but what if teachers cannot afford them, and don’t know how to use them — as crucial. We need to make links between authors and teachers. Authors (or at least their editors and publishers) need to know what teachers need such that they can use new books. Teachers (or at least those who train them) need to be in touch with authors who are crafted new books. Right now those contacts are pure happenstance. That is no way to run an industry.