Do you guide teachers, specialists, and literacy coaches? Here are tools, advice, and strategies school leaders need for their daily work in staff meetings, study groups, and one-on-one discussions with colleagues. If you have a leadership role in coaching teachers and designing professional development, you'll want an upgraded membership with access to our Leaders Lounge.
Brenda Power shares trade secret phrases for communicating with colleagues.
Jennifer Allen’s years of experience with teacher study groups has led her to best practices that make it “safe and easy” for teachers to learn from each other.
This article offers possibilities for observing classrooms focused on talk as an alternative to traditional observation notes.
If you've ever compared your classroom to a zoo, this article by Brenda Power is for you. You'll take animal trainer advice like "We change behavior in others by breaking routines in delightful ways" and follow it into the classroom.
Jennifer Allen makes connections between her new professional life as a literacy coach and her beginning as a classroom teacher.
Jennifer Allen reflects on essential layers that provide a safety net for the challenges facing beginning teachers.
Gayle Gentry reflects on how a colleague’s simple request to reorganize a classroom library turned into coaching opportunities that had a direct impact on student learning.
There are so many new professional books available for literacy leaders to purchase…and so little funding to buy them. Shari Frost gives the details of how one coach surveyed colleagues, assessed needs, and rooted out bargains before spending the precious $500 allocated for stocking the professional book library.
An elementary literacy team discusses word learning in the context of student assessment results as part of a yearlong inquiry into word study.
Jennifer Jones reflects upon the “teacherisms” in writing workshops — the language we use that defines our values and routines.
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