An accomplished teacher is at her wit’s end because of constant interruptions. She seeks help from her principal, Jen Schwanke. They soon discover it’s a schoolwide issue that needs to be addressed.
Jen Schwanke reflects on the power of read alouds for older students, and how school leaders can help teachers and parents value them too.
Jen Schwanke explains why the best way to improve your communication with families may be to use fewer words.
Jen Schwanke talks through the tricky work of making sure literacy specialists, coaches, and classroom teachers have the time and structure they need to collaborate well around students and data.
Jennifer Schwanke talks about the importance of school leaders building a sense among teachers and families of how literacy is the foundation for all learning in classrooms.
Stephanie Affinito has suggestions for how short poems and snippets of children’s literature might be integrated into morning announcements.
Jennifer Allen explains how she leads conversations about hard themes in literature and how teachers might use these books that include trauma in their classrooms.
Heather Fisher explains why the smile file should be a tool in every coach’s repertoire for building confidence and community among teachers.
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