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Find Friends

Lean on me, when you’re not strong And I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on For it won’t be long ‘Til I’m gonna need Somebody to lean on...

Remote Learning for Our Youngest Students

I’ve been reflecting on the events of the past few weeks, a still-fresh alternate reality in which I’d wake up in the morning with one plan and have it changed...

Professional Renewal: Facilitating Change Within Ourselves

One of our friends recently shared that her family wanted to go plastic-free in her household. Naturally, I had lots of questions about how they would accomplish this. “How will...

Forces of Nature

                                                                                          Image from Force of Nature the earth spinning in orbit With precision,  speed, and grace Mother Nature has her grip upon it un-balancing  the forces in the vast open...

You Don’t Write? No Worries

“You don’t have to write to teach writers,” the literacy coach said pointedly as we planned to lead a session on using mentor texts to support writers in our classrooms....

It’s Not You, It’s Me

My boyfriend and I both like to run. We both like the physical challenge of running, and we both love the mental headspace it gives us. We’re both runners, so...

Making Time for Reflection

One of the first things I noticed when I began to work with our 14 elementary literacy coaches was the harried pace they kept. They were asked to do a...

The 70% Rule

When practicing T’ai Chi, doing too much is the same as doing too little.                                                                                    Master Wong Chung-yua As I have progressed solidly into my 40s, my choices of physical...

Starting with Consensus

The people must have ownership in the vision. They need to be enabled to accomplish it. If there is one investment you should make, it is in people.      ...

Coaching Minute: Advice for New Coaches

In this quick video, Cathy Mere shares some advice for new coaches.

Mentor Texts for Teachers: Home Is a Place to Begin

Whether it is a grade-level data team, a staff meeting, a special-interest PLC, a session in a conference or EdCamp, or even a deeper dive into writing, I look for...

5 Reasons to Read Grown-Up Books

I got an email containing an update from Rita’s Goodreads account. She had just finished reading Shouting at the Rain. She loved it and gave it a five-star rating. Rita...

Where Confidence Begins

Our neighbor Ed is handy. A couple of weeks ago, he showed us pictures on his smartphone of the additional room he created on the backside of his garage. “Yep,...

Nice to Meet You Again

Recently, I went on a weekend trip with two dear friends whom I have known for years. We spent three days doing what we love most: eating and talking. On...

Coaching Minute: Collaboration

In this brief video, Cathy Mere talks with literacy coach Kelly Hoenie about collaboration with reading specialists.

Equitable Coaching

We were meeting as a leadership team to discuss the direction for professional development in the second half of the year. Our team is composed of a representative from each...

Helping Teachers Write

Not infrequently, a distant or past friend or colleague will ask me to read something they’ve written. “Will you tell me what you think?” they ask. What they want (what...

Celebration and Reflection for Teacher Growth

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.                ...

Taming the Voices in Our Heads

Our entire lives, [Eckhart Tolle argued], are governed by a voice in our heads. This voice is engaged in a ceaseless stream of thinking—most of it negative, repetitive, and self-referential....

Staff Retreat

If you’ve ever flattened on the couch with a bad cold or an overload of exhaustion, the last thing you want to hear from someone is, “You really should get...

Ending the Year by Looking Forward

In this short video, Cathy Mere asks literacy coach Kelly Hoenie to think about how she will use learning from the end of the school year to plan for next...