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Jennifer Allen on Working with Veteran Teachers (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Jennifer Allen talks with Franki Sibberson about mentoring veteran teachers. A transcript is included below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What is your role in working with...

Jennifer Allen on Working with New Teachers (PODCAST)

Franki Sibberson chats with Jennifer Allen about the joys and challenges of working with new teachers. A transcript is below the player.   Franki Sibberson: What have you found to be...

Concise, Conversational, and Consistent: Explaining the Work of Literacy Coaches

I get asked questions about my job in a variety of ways: “So you’re a teacher?” “I heard you’re a coach. What sport?” And my recent favorite: “Then you get...

My New Favorite: Paraphrasing

For years I sang songs to my son about “my favorite boy” and to my daughter as “my favorite girl.” Then I had another girl—and I kept singing. One day...

Can I Quote You on That?: Capturing Classroom Conversation

Sometimes inspiration for my teaching life comes from seemingly disparate experiences in my personal life. I spent a recent Saturday afternoon surrounded by a gaggle of giddy women who had...

What is the Evidence?

The first and most brutal fact that must be confronted in creating professional learning communities is that the task is not merely challenging: it is daunting. It is disingenuous to...

Tips from Literacy Leaders for Closing Out the School Year (ROUNDUP)

Here are some suggestions from Choice Literacy contributors for the best ways to close out the year, with everything from personal organizing tips to family events. Heather Rader, Instructional Coach...

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.      

Engaging Teachers with Coaching

When my husband and I rented the movie Slumdog Millionaire, I hid my eyes frequently during the first 30 minutes. Completely unprepared for the on-screen violence, I asked Kurt to nudge...

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.