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Using Video to Step Forward

When leading professional experiences for teachers, I find there is much power in providing opportunities to observe teaching in action. As we reflect on practice, hone our craft, or discover...

Using Norms in PLCs

Is there anything more awkward than having to reprimand an adult? To ask an adult – a colleague, even – to stop scrolling through Facebook during a meeting? To remind...

Setting Norms in PLCs

I don’t know if I heard it, read it, or just realized it, but I know that I believe it. When you are working with a group of adults over...

Coaching Minute: Tech Tools

Cathy Mere shares two tech tools that are invaluable resources for her coaching.  

Resisting Traditional Definitions of Productivity

The first day back at school after spring break felt like stepping on a treadmill at full speed. Testing season was upon us, a school recognition application was due, and...

Ways to Personalize PD

Literacy coaches Cathy Mere and Kelly Hoenie talk about some of their efforts to personalize professional development for teachers over the past year, and what they learned that they will...

Old Technology for New Engagement

In a world with so many connections, is there still room for learning that is untethered? My son recently found my 35 mm camera. He was playing with the lens,...

The Instagram Project

“So, what have you been reading lately?” I have learned the power these seven words hold to invite readers to share their reading lives with others. As a literacy coach,...

Personalizing Professional Learning Opportunities

Planning the professional learning for the coming school year is a tightrope walk. We want to honor teacher autonomy and choice, yet be vigilant in keeping the focus on literacy....

Fail to Learn

We perform for ourselves, often the harshest of audiences.                                                                          Thomas Newkirk I think every teacher has a grade level or subject area they would prefer not to teach. I...

Helping Teachers Weed Libraries

I am a book collector. I love seeing books on my shelves, books in baskets in each room, book stacks on my desk, and books beside my bed. When I...

That Student: Ending the Year with a PD Celebration

Students teach us how to be better. Every year we learn a lot from the children in our classrooms. To celebrate our students making us better, our last staff meeting...

Talking in Front of Peers

Lately I have been doing a good deal of speaking and presenting to other educators at various conferences, and more frequently I’ve spoken or presented in front of my large...

Coaching in Proximity: The Sherpa Mind-Set

Standing in the back of the room, I could see and feel the building anticipation. There was the wild-eyed look of a teacher who is no longer sure what question...

A Change in the Weather: Moving from Teacher to Coach

There’s a joke among midwesterners that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a day and it will change. Living in northern Indiana, we see the full gamut of...

The Coconut Wireless

I am in a workshop in San Francisco, listening to a team of teachers and administrators from Hawaii talk about the power of community networks. The superintendent of a school...

Embedding Reading into Staff Meetings

In a New York Times article, writer Virginia Heffernan questions the necessity of meetings. “They’re boring. They’re useless. Everyone hates them.” She interviews a number of organizational leaders about this...

Team Meeting: Next Steps

Kathy Provost closes a third-grade team meeting with a discussion of next steps, ensuring everyone is on the same page with plans before the next month's meeting.  

A Book Tasting for Teachers

Where do you turn when you need your next book to read? If you are like me, you have a few methods up your sleeve to ensure your next book...

Professional Learning Beyond PLCs

Professional learning communities, or PLCs for short, is a framework for professional collaboration and data analysis. The structure this approach creates allows for collective inquiry around student learning. Since coming...

Leadership Shifts

Every year about this time, I spend several hours finalizing supplemental contracts. In my district, teachers who take on leadership roles in specific curricular areas are paid a small stipend...