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When They’re Hard to Teach

Nathan sits down at the table and begins to read from his collection of familiar texts. He’s strategic. He grabs the easiest books he can from his pile. As we...

Coaching High-Fives

I distinctly remember the hot, humid day in August when my family went to celebrate Travers Day at the Saratoga Race Course in New York. It was a beautiful summer...

Overcorrecting

Hey Suzy,  Thanks for spending time with me and my kiddos today. I agree that they’re starting to understand how to “go back to the text” to support an opinion....

Planning for PD in the Company of Teachers

Continuously thinking about what new information to share with teachers, and how to share it, often puts planning professional development at the heart of a literacy coach’s role. But what...

Field Notes: Stories and Courage

When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending.                                                                                            Brene Brown Monon Trail Elementary School built a new...

Tips for Personalizing PD

In this five-minute video, Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about how coaches can help teachers personalize their professional development through activities like “Pineapple Week.”

Harnessing the Power of Change

Camping, real camping, the kind with tents and sleeping bags and stiff backs . . . I don’t really know why I subject myself and my two young sons, Ben and...