To be an active and contributing member of society, people need to be literate.

This is why education matters, and why a good education matters even more.

As a former teacher and current public school principal, I strive to make sense of the educational landscape with regard to reading, writing, communicating and thinking. On Friday I publish one original article around literacy instruction in the context of leadership for a changing world, along with recommended reading + resources. Additionally, I post an interview with an author or educator once a month.

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Literacy educator Regie Routman came to the following conclusion about what works for schoolwide literacy success:

“Teachers need to be leaders, and leaders need to know literacy.”

(From: Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success, ASCD)

The combination is essential for all students to succeed in school and in life. The goal of this newsletter is to continue the conversation around this important topic.


“I had the privilege of facilitating admin PD with Matt Renwick—if you aren't keeping up with his work, you're missing out.”

- Dr. Justin Baeder, Director, The Principal Center & Author, Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership

“Matt Renwick’s newsletter is rich with research support, specific ideas and insight into the WHY, WHAT and HOW of literacy. I HIGHLY recommend a subscription to all educators.”

- Dr. Mary Howard, Author, Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work That Matters and RtI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

“Read by Example is a great resource for teachers and literacy leaders.”

- Clare Landrigan, Co-Author (with Tammy Mulligan), Assessment in Perspective: Focusing on the Reader Behind the Numbers and It’s All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers