One of the best parts of my job is hitting the road and researching articles to bring to you and your students. Among the many things I love about these journeys are all the fascinating people I get to meet along the way.

This year, Scope's word of the year is courage. To inspire myself and my team, I put together a courage quote board. You might enjoy doing something similar in your classroom.

We can't wait for this incredible article to arrive in your classroom. In "Our World Turned to Water," Scope's October narrative nonfiction, author Lauren Tarshis tells the story of the devastating Louisiana Flood of 2016.

We're making this year the Year of Courage. Summoning courage can be a tough thing, but my hope is that the stories in Scope will help your students understand that courage comes in many forms.

Last spring, a teacher wrote to me asking for more diverse types of culminating activities to go with our articles—ideas that go beyond the kinds of writing expected of students on standardized tests. She was looking for ideas that would allow for more creativity while still fostering deep text analysis and critical thinking. My immediate reaction to her request? YES! YES! YES! 

In the September issue of Scope, you and your students will meet two remarkable brothers: Francois and Cedric Jacob. In a lot of ways, they are just ordinary teens—they like hanging out, playing video games, going to school. But Francois and Cedric are also refugees.