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Making the Case for Literacy Coaches

It’s that time of year. School districts are examining their budgets for the upcoming school year. Due to the troubled economy, many of them are finding that they are not...

Supporting Successful First-Year Coaches

It’s Friday, a little after noon, and Cristina Charney, Heather Sisson, Becky Lee and I are tucked around the small circle table with our lunches in my office. We are...

What Coaches Carry (Part 2)

In part one of this series we began the conversation about what to carry to be prepared for the varied work of teacher leadership — from teaching and one-on-one coaching,...

Troubleshooting Coaching Cycles

Last summer, we were fortunate to host Diane Sweeney at our coaching summer institute. Diane introduced us to the idea of coaching cycles. She assured us that coaching cycles would...

Sales Clerks and Literacy Leaders

Shopping for the perfect outfit is always an exhausting task. I seem to always encounter the hovering salesperson. She’s the one who shows me the outfits I would never buy, and suggests...

How Study Groups Are Like Self-Cleaning Ovens

One of our favorite inventions ever is the self-cleaning oven. Set a timer, lock the oven door, and a few hours later — voila! You have a clean oven, and...

Quick Take: Protocols for Teacher Study Groups

In this three-minute Quick Take video, Clare Landrigan describes the teacher study group protocol she uses to foster shared understanding and allow for differentiated learning among teachers.      

Mantras Matter

Everyone deserves a thought partner is a mantra that anchors my beliefs and guides my behaviors. I say it often. Sometimes in my head. Sometimes in the company of colleagues....

Coaching Minute: Assisting Struggling Teachers by Being Focused

Principal Lee Snider talks about how principals can support struggling teachers by keeping the focus on instruction.

Coaching Minute: Establishing Expertise

Principal Lee Snider talks about how principals can support struggling teachers by establishing their expertise and visiting classrooms often.

Coaching Minute: Getting into Classrooms

Principal Lee Snider talks with literacy coach Lora Bieghler about being intentional about getting into classrooms.

Great Short Reads for Busy Teachers

“I just finished Where the Crawdads Sing. It was such a wonderful book! Have you read it yet?” I asked Debbie. “Oh, Shari, you’re always talking to me about books!”...