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Coaching Minute: Celebrations

Ruth Ayres talks about the importance of celebrations for coaches, teachers, and students in this brief video.    

Welcome Visits

Finding the right entry in professional development can be tricky. We never want to waste teachers’ time by not gauging the focus or pace of our sessions. We want our...

Coaching Minute: Principals and Professional Development

In this brief video, Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan talk about the challenges of getting busy principals involved in professional development given how packed their schedules are.    

Cultivating Teacher Leadership

The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.                                                                   Harvey S. Firestone For the past year I have been entrenched in curriculum development with grade-level teams...

Coaching Minute: Pinterest

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan share the many ways Pinterest has enhanced their professional development with teachers. Here is the link to their Pinterest boards:  http://pinterest.com/tammyandclare/    

Literacy and Technology: Changing Structures

Thirty years ago, in the cracked cinder-block rooms of my small, rural elementary school, the teaching protocol was standard and simple.  We walked into school.  We put our backpack where...

Infusing Technology into Writing Celebrations (Grades K-2)

I understand that I am fortunate to work in a building that has a 1:1 iPad environment in grades 3-8. However, this hasn’t stopped some of our younger students and...

Aligning Coaching and Teaching Teams

The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its mission, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.                                                               Bill George...

Coaching Minute: Quick Connections

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan share the value of informal chance meetings with teachers they are coaching in this three-minute video.      

Coaching Minute: Editing

Heather Rader has some quick tips for editing emails and other important writing in this brief video. A transcript is available below the player.       I always try...

Making Time for Classroom Visits

“Walk the walk and talk the talk” is a phrase that I have heard again and again as an elementary school principal. At first it may sound kind of cliché,...

From Bootcamp to School: Building Enthusiasm for New Initiatives

Leadership is ultimately about the ability to influence others.                                      Richard Dufour and Robert Marzano I joined a new gym.  Part of my new exercise regimen is to attend a...

Quick Check-ins: Touching Base Before Coaching Sessions

Coaching places teachers’ self-esteem and professional respect on the line, because it exposes how teachers teach, how they think about teaching, and how they plan for teaching to the scrutiny...

Coaching Minute: Working with Principals

Ruth Ayres has advice for how literacy coaches can work effectively with principals in this one-minute video.  

A Small Group Coaching Cycle in Action

Success! That’s the word that comes to mind as I reflect on a recently wrapped up small group coaching cycle.  This particular group consisted of two kindergarten teachers, both new...

Video and the Thoughtful Coach

Three years ago I began video-recording teachers during lessons. It seemed like a win-win. The teacher would reflect on what went well and what needed tweaking inside their lessons, and...

Clarity and Connection: The Language of Change

Effective leaders are able to articulate their most important ideas with clarity, and they use language that emotionally connects with their audience.  Connection creates meaning, and change will not occur...

Picture It: Pinterest for Professional Development

This fall we are trying a new way to organize how we share professional readings and videos for our professional development sessions.  We are creating text sets of professional readings/videos/blog...

Coaching Minute: Wait for the “In”

In this brief video, Heather Rader shares her strategies for getting into classrooms of teachers who may be hesitant about inviting visits from coaches. A transcript is available below the...

Picture It: A Soothing Workspace

This year I want to be more mindful about my workspace — to use the space to help my work instead of hinder it.  In my job as a principal,...

Common Core Standards: Spreading the Word

As a district-level literacy coach in California, I've been given the task of helping move our system toward implementation of the Common Core Standards. We are a large urban district...