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A Word to Aspiring Coaches

Principal Jen Schwanke offers encouragement for teachers considering an instructional coach position.

Resisting the Scripted Curriculum

Matt Renwick offers four suggestions on how to make literacy tasks from a scripted curriculum meaningful.

Books Need Space

Jen Schwanke gives advice to literacy leaders about organizing and humanizing books in a school book room.

Coaching Minute: Listen Deeply

Instructional coach Staci Revere shares a key mantra to use when working with teachers, especially those who do not want to work with an instructional coach.

Three Expectations Regarding Grammar Instruction

Ruth Ayres outlines three expectations for school leaders to hold regarding grammar instruction.

Summer Work: Absorb the World

How will we prepare to lead strong literacy initiatives next year? Nawal Qarooni Casiano makes a case for recharging and disconnecting to allow ourselves to be naturally thoughtful, literate individuals.

Have a Little Fun and Encourage Colleagues

Inga Omondi offers wise (and fun) advice on how to uplift and encourage colleagues.

Offer a Mirror: How Coaches Empower Reflection

David Pittman unfolds a coaching process to provide teachers with a mirror so they can reflect deeply and discover their next instructional moves.

How Well Do You Know Your Team? Checking In On Our Relationships with Teachers

Heather Fisher guides literacy leaders through a reflective exercise to reveal relationship strengths and gaps that will offer direction in how to strengthen key connections.

Fine-Tuning Our Coaching with an Equalizer Model

Gwen Blumberg is inspired by a stereo equalizer in adjusting instructional practices to find the just-right mix as she works alongside teachers and students.

Welcome Slides Set Professional Learning in Motion

David Pittman uses welcome slides to set a purpose and orient participants to the professional learning session.

Mantras Matter

Brian Sepe guides us in the importance of creating and living by mantras.

Wrapping Up the School Year: Start, Stop, Keep

Nawal Qarooni Casiano leads educators through a reflection on equity and access by considering what we want to start, stop and keep in our practices.

The Daily GIF

Jen Schwanke encourages leaders to consider how to give a daily boost of morale.

Coaching Through the Student Door

Gwen Blumberg outlines the way sharing an asynchronous minilesson with teachers allowed her to share instructional insights in a relevant and useful way.

Coaching and Demonstration Lessons

Literacy coaches Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about the value and challenges of demonstration lessons.

Coaching Minute: Principals and the Change Process

Principal Lee Snider talks about the change process with teachers.

COVID: What I’ll Keep

Jen Schwanke reflects on the things she’ll keep after a year of pandemic teaching.

Soft Starts to Meetings That Build Empathy

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share soft starts to professional learning meetings designed to build empathy by providing opportunities for teachers to do the work of readers and writers, as well as connect with one another.

Trust Your Tools. Trust Your Teachers

Matt Renwick cracks open his process for trusting teachers and encouraging growth through coaching conversations.

Hiring Teachers for Today and Tomorrow

Matt Renwick explains how his leadership team’s thinking has changed when it comes to hiring teachers, with a much stronger emphasis on figuring out how candidates might handle change in the future.

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