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A Checklist of Ideas to Support New Teachers

Every year, there are grade-level shifts, new agendas, and new and improved ways of doing things in a school. Even though these initiatives and shifts take time and adjustments, we at...

Avoiding Burnout

This article is not about using this summer to get reinspired, or about falling further in love with your work, or about the best books to buy for your students....

Ninja Feedback: Empowering Teachers to Reflect

The greatest feedback I’ve gotten has been feedback I didn’t know I was getting. The most effective coaches and mentors in my experience were those who knew how to ask...

Resisting the Scripted Curriculum

During my classroom visits, one of the 4K teachers wanted to share some of her students’ writing with me. “Check out what Brooklyn can do.” She pulled a paper from...

Coaching Minute: Listen Deeply

Instructional coach Staci Revere shares a key mantra to use when working with teachers, especially those who do not want to work with an instructional coach.

Three Expectations Regarding Grammar Instruction

Anyone who has ever sat at a desk with an open grammar book and 10 sentences to perform a rote task like identifying the subject, the subordinate clause, or the...

Summer Work: Absorb the World

“I feel so much pressure to revamp the curriculum this summer,” one teacher leader said.  “I know. I want to throw out what we’ve always been doing and think about...

Offer a Mirror: How Coaches Empower Reflection

“I don’t know! It’s just that I get in there and I start teaching it, and then things happen…like someone has a connection or someone doesn’t understand a word and...

Welcome Slides Set Professional Learning in Motion

The beginning of staff meetings was normally a flurry of activity, getting set up, checking in with colleagues, and passing out any materials while the hubbub of catching up and...

Wrapping Up the School Year: Start, Stop, Keep

In no year—a year testing our limits with challenges, grief, and loss—has it been more important to reflect on our time with students and determine next steps for how we...

COVID: What I’ll Keep

As I write this, we are finishing a year of pandemic life, and we educators have lost a lot: time, instruction, resources, security, and even the surety of activities that...

Soft Starts to Meetings That Build Empathy

The most meaningful professional development opportunities we’ve had have been ones where we’ve learned effective practices to use with kids by doing the work of a reader or writer myself....

Trust Your Tools. Trust Your Teachers

A teacher asked me if she should have her students journal digitally or in print. “Which do you think is best?” she asked. We were meeting for our fall individual...

Virtual Icebreakers: Part 1

In a world of algorithms, hashtags and followers, know the importance of human connection. —Mama Tribe Marketplace I hit the Leave button on the screen, feeling incomplete about the meeting...

Insight Before PD

Our students are not going to outgrow us. We have to become better if we want them to be better.                                              Cornelius Minor In my role as an English language...

Trending Hashtags: Finding Priorities in a Unit of Study

Outside of trust, getting to a goal that matters is arguably the most critical element for any coaching relationship. The goal has to be powerful and student focused, and it...

Cheering On Teachers Through Seasons of Change

Kindness is choosing to acknowledge and celebrate the beauty in others, regardless of whether or not they can find it in themselves. —RAKtivist “I feel like a new teacher!”a veteran...

Hidden Gems: Five Ways to Keep Your Positive Vibes

Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.—Unknown How do you keep yourself so positive in your coaching role? This question has been posed...

Coaching Minute: Language of Reading

In this brief video, Cathy Mere talks with Andrea, a literacy coach and reading specialist, about the importance of common language during debrief sessions when talking about reading.

Creating Savory Professional Development

Ralph Fletcher shares in Joy Write, “Play in writing is not just a nice idea—it’s essential.” Amy Krouse Rosenthal imagined that the perfect fiction writer has a “penchant for collaboration...

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...