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Preparing Teachers for Reading Over Breaks

I have been following the clean eating trend for quite some time and finally took concrete steps to clean up my diet to better protect my health and well-being. I...

Conferring Matters: A Coach’s Perspective

“Do you have time to talk with me about conferring?” a teacher asked me at the end of the day. I smiled because it was the same question I’d been...

Conferring Matters: A Principal’s Perspective

I remember a particular conference I had with a student in which the value of conferring clicked for me. We were in the drafting portion of our personal narrative unit,...

Reading Invasion

  Imagine roughly 400 people—staff and students—walking out into the green space on your campus. Now imagine every one of them with a book in hand. Next, they all take...

It’s the Little Things: Small Actions for Building a Healthy Literacy Culture

What is labeled as fluff is more often the stuff of leadership and culture.                                                                                      Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson Lately I have been trying to reflect every day for...

DIY Notebooks for Literacy Coaches

Wednesdays have become my favorite coaching day of the week. Why? For the past few years on Wednesday afternoons, I have been coaching a group of literacy teachers working to...

Coaching as Inquiry

As coaches we are always trying to gauge our effectiveness, always working to learn and grow, always looking for the answers to our questions about the work we do alongside...

Can Anyone Be an Instructional Coach?

It was August, and we had a classroom teacher to hire. The reasons were positive: an increase in enrollment plus a school board and community that is very supportive of...

Culture for Coaching Part 4: Schoolwide Coaching Cycles

This is the final article in a series of four articles about creating a culture for effective coaching. After a base of common expectations, trust, and skills have been established,...

Bringing Order to the Bookroom

I was a big fan of Hope School’s bookroom. The bookroom is the result of more than a decade of work. It has a wide selection of leveled, read-aloud, and...

You Say Tornado . . .

Whatever the weather served, that was what they ate. But it never rained rain. It never snowed snow. And it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and...

The Power of a Plastic Frame

When we were clearing out my grandmother’s house, she had hundreds of plastic frames—the ones you buy in a drugstore for about a dollar each. As I sorted through the...

Building Self-Evaluation Skills: What’s Your Signature Move?

Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and school calendars are ticking toward closure. Although this means many things for schools, it also means one significantly noneducational thing in particular: it’s...

“There Are Words All Over Our Hallways!”

For students who are quickly becoming independent readers, they need to see the word about ten times before it moves into their bank of easily recognized words. However, our dependent...

Finding a Coaching Model That Works

Our district coaching team is made up of four literacy coaches, each of us based in our own school. Although we are responsible for many aspects of literacy instruction in...

Unspoken Leadership

I once attended a student recognition event at a local high school as a community leader. Students from various pathways were nominated by one of their teachers in their respective...

Making the Most of Monthly Common Planning Times

We were about to enter a new year, a time for a fresh start for meetings with grade-level groups. Heather (my coaching partner) and I put ourselves in the shoes...

A Timesaver for Coaching Cycles

Time is a precious resource in schools today. As coaches we want to support the individual interests and needs of each teacher. To do that, we need time to connect,...

Coaching Minute: Considering Language

Heather Fisher and Kathy Provost share subtle changes in the language they are using with teachers to foster more collaboration.  

200 Feet

It was a personal mission at my previous school to provide students with as much access to books as possible. Two hundred feet from a book at any one time...

Advice for a New Coach

We have a new instructional coach in our office this year. Four of us share the space, and three of us have been working in classrooms for a few years....