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Listening and Learning from Literature

As a child, I lived in a world where everyone shared the same skin color, and I never questioned my place in the world. I lived in a world where...

From a Coaching Vision to a Coaching Menu

I first heard the whispering of literacy coaching back in my very first year of teaching. The gifted and talented teacher worked with a few of my students each week...

Coaching in a Time of Crisis

The other day I got online to see a post from an educational leader in which he shared  10 learning practices to avoid in remote teaching. The list was 10...

Have Coach, Will Travel

I have a confession to make: I secretly pine for the beautiful literacy coaches’ spaces that I see on social media and wish that I could re-create them for the...

Coaching Minute: New Coaches and Principals

Principal Lee Snider talks about the importance of being intentional in integrating new coaches into the school community.

Coaching Minute: Good Communication Between Coaches and Principals

Principal Lee Snider talks with literacy coach Lora Bieghler about developing a rapport when a coach is new to the building.

Coaching Minute: Dealing with Parent Concerns

Principal Lee Snider talks about how he deals with parent concerns.

The Feedback Trap

Feedback certainly is a hot topic. It maintains its place in education, business, and medicine. It’s not hard to find books and articles that promise to help you give better...

Coaching Minute: Building Rapport with Teachers

Principal Lee Snider talks about how he built rapport with teachers when he was new to the role of principal in the building.

A Heart for Coaching

Friends and colleagues often ask if I miss working in the classroom. My first answer is always “Yes. I will always miss the classroom because my heart is there.” Most...

Coaching Minute: Collaborating with Principals

Literacy coach Jen Court explains how she collaborates with principals.

Using Supplies to Inspire

I waited anxiously at the kidney-shaped table for my mentor’s arrival. Thoughts about the upcoming school year—different grade level, new staff—had me all worked up. As she entered the room,...

A Little Bit of Clarity

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.                                                                                                  Maya Angelou I was seated at an appointment desk to be fitted...

Creating Coaching Visions

I have always been a should have kind of person. You know, the kind of person who overthinks everything and spends far too much time thinking about what I should...

Brain Dumps for Clarity in Coaching

I stepped into the room and was immediately reluctant to interrupt the controlled chaos before me. Diane was buzzing about the room. She cleaned up student work at one table,...

Unleveling Classroom Libraries

Over the last two school years, we’ve followed the buzz around the dangers of a leveled classroom library. We’ve read articles and tweets, listened to podcasts, and talked to our...

Best Intentions with No Assumptions

I arrived at the high school to pick up my son from maker club. As I was walking toward the front doors, a woman standing in the parking lot asked...

An All-School Writing Project: Six-Word Memoirs

I’ve long heard inspiring stories about schools who adopted a “One Book, One School” experience, exposing all students to a text and then using it to launch conversations and connections....

Celebrations Across the Year

“Any quick wins?” I inquired as we began to get our bimonthly meeting of literacy coaches underway. Quick wins as described in Read, Write, Lead:  Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Success...

Encouraging Teachers to Write

“You use your own notebook a lot during conferences,” Mrs. Bean said to me. I looked up from writing conference notes and considered her statement. “Yes, that’s true.” “So I...

Finding Time for Classroom Walk-Throughs

As school leaders, we know our time is precious. It can be hard to prioritize our days with all the duties we are expected to complete. At the top of...