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May 26, 2023: Extending Empathy

I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance...

May 19, 2023: Celebrations

Let’s Connect For those of you who don’t know, my husband and I have adopted four children. Our youngest was with us first, being adopted at birth in 2006. Then...

May 12, 2023: Opinion Writing

When in doubt, overdress. —Vivienne Westwood Plenty of Time? My son Jordan is a senior, and on the Wednesday before prom he received a manila envelope in the mail. “What’s...

May 5, 2023: Our Youngest Readers

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. —Maya Angelou The Many Nuances of Learning For those of you who don’t...

April 28, 2023: Family Connections

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to the error that counts. —Nikki Giovanni An Apology and Thoughts About Mistakes First, I want to offer an apology...

April 21, 2023: Slow Down and Listen

A lot of people are so used to just seeing the outcome of the work. They never see the side of the work you go through to produce the outcome....

April 14, 2023: The Beauty and Brilliance of Students

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman I...

March 24, 2023: Poetry

Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race. —Johann Georg Hamann The Color of the Sky I answered the phone and Jordan, my senior-in-high-school son, said, “Mom! Look outside. You...

March 17, 2023: Strengthening Turn-and-Talk

There’s a thin line between mockery and endorsement. —Dawn Foster Turn and Talk I once sat in a staff meeting where the principal used a turn-and-talk video as an opener....

March 10, 2023: Students as Teachers

I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and  time into it. —Michael...

March 3, 2023: Nobody Wants to Write

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit. —Vince Lombardi Nobody Wants to Write “What do you do when kids won’t write?” This was asked by a teacher who...

February 24, 2023: Do Hard Things

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. —Mary Poppins Wisdom and Whimsy Four portraits hang in my office: Walt Disney, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller,...

February 17, 2023: Literacy Toolkits and Meaningful Lessons

Facts can be helpful, but rarely are they soulful. —Bob Goff Soulful In my opening keynote for CCIRA, one of the statistics I shared is that on average human knowledge...

February 10, 2023: Rural Education

It’s our roots that really give us our identity. —Rosalia Deep Roots of Rural Life Recently I was working with a group of middle school writers and found myself drawing...

February 3, 2023: Informational Writing

Write what you know. —Mark Twain Everyone Writes Nonfiction I have a soft spot for nonfiction writers. My reading life has a steady diet of nonfiction, and I am addicted...

January 27, 2023: Powerful and Fun(!) Assessment

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. —Walt Disney Powerful and Fun(!) Assessment Hands up if you’ve ever been to a data meeting. Unless you retired from teaching while...

January 20, 2023: Story Elements and Author Studies

Purr more; hiss less. —Linda C. Marchman Skin a Cat? “There’s more than one way to skin a cat! That’s what he said to me! Can you believe it? I’m...

January 13, 2023: Novels in Verse, Book Clubs, and More

In a turbulent world, there’s another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. —Adam Grant The Ability to Rethink On Fridays I take...

January 6, 2023: Joyful Learning Communities

Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher. —Oprah Winfrey Get Connected I am overflowing with joy as I write this note to you. Because relationships...

December 9, 2022: Awareness and Inclusivity

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. —Toni Morrison A Quiet Next Step I am savoring the articles in this issue because they...

December 2, 2022: Nourish Student Growth

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. —Helen Keller Nourish the Heart When I was a...