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Male Call: Bringing Boys to Books and Writing

Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Presented by Dr. Michael Shoulders, Celebrated Children’s Book Author and Presenter
Sponsored by Frog Street Press


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International test results in 31 countries showed females outperformed males in reading, and concluded that boys are “the new disadvantaged.” In this webinar, discover why “gross engrosses,” the importance of using humor with boys, and book titles boys will love to read. Motivation (versus direct instruction) as a key to get students to learn were an overarching theme in this webinar. Examples of books that engage male students were shown and discussed, as well as how to use books as a springboard to get male students excited about writing. Discover research related to the discrepancies in reading and writing scores between boys and girls. Dr. Shoulders reflected upon topics such as brain based differences between genders, male performance levels in school, and male attitudes towards reading.

Viewers of this webinar will be able to:

  • identify reasons boys lag girls in standardized testing.
  • select strategies to motivate/engage boys in reading and writing.
  • identify genres (and titles) of books that are especially appealing to boys.


michael shoulders

Michael Shoulders spent his childhood traveling the world in an army family. He taught for 14 years before finishing his 30 year career as an instructional supervisor for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System in Tennessee. He earned his doctoral degree in 2004. Mike visits nearly eighty schools across America each year spreading the message that “Reading IS Magic!” In May, 2016, he’ll return to Germany for the eighth year in a row to speak to American army dependents. Visit Michael on the web at




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Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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