This year we had wonderful training on Keys to Literacy. I learned helpful techniques to better engage students in reading and writing in my classroom.
Here is a link to the schools systems blog with loads of resources and samples:
I was a test plot for the Scholastic Art Magazine this year and worked to incorporate readings and discussions from these magazines. The students found the articles interesting and engaging. I would highly recommend the magazine as it offered insight into contemporary and historic artists and gave the students relevant articles and high quality images of a wide variety of works of art.
Below is the template that I used for two column notes and a student sample based on an article about the sculpture " Fearless Girl".