It’s a Cycle, Not a Hamster Wheel: Getting the Most Out of Coaching Cycles

Coaching cycles have transformed the way many literacy coaches work with teachers in classrooms. The term “coaching cycle” was coined by Diane Sweeney, and refers to a multi-week schedule of...

Dana Murphy
5-Minute Wonders

There is never enough in middle school classrooms — to share all the books you love, to write with conviction and passion about them, and especially, to talk one-on-one with...

Christy Rush-Levine
It’s a New World

Research is defined as the collecting of information about a particular subject. But research can also mean to look again. If there’s anything that deserves another look in schools, it’s...

Katherine Sokolowski
English Language Learners and Literacy Instruction

We will all soon be teachers of English language learners. Whether you are teaching at a tiny school in rural Maine, or in large inner city classroom in Chicago, you...

Stella Villalba
We Are Family

Nothing is more gratifying than hearing from a parent that you have made all the difference in their child’s life. And nothing is more discouraging than having a parent challenge...

Jennifer Schwanke
Gradual Release of the Classroom Library

Is there any work more joyful than sorting through books and imagining the pleasure they will bring to your students? Yet creating a beautiful library design is just the beginning....

Bitsy Parks
Getting Organized for Literacy Coaching

Literacy coaching is full of contradictions. You need to be flexible, but you also need clear goals and a vision. You want to be open to invitations from any teacher...

Ruth Ayres

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