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Acquiring Knowledge Two or Three Strategies at a Time

“Hey, Papi! What is that crop growing over there?” My dad responds patiently to repeated requests by my nine-year-old son, Jack, to identify exactly what is growing in the fertile...

Katherine Casey on Coaching in Classrooms (PODCAST)

Katherine Casey shares her latest thinking with Heather Rader on the best ways to mentor teachers in classrooms. Katherine is the author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials. You can visit her...

Evocative Coaching with Bob and Megan Tschannen-Moran (PODCAST)

Bob and Megan Tschannen-Moran are the authors of Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time. In this podcast with Heather Rader they talk about their work with teachers and...

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...

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...

Getting the Most Out of Visiting a Colleague’s Classroom (PODCAST)

In this podcast, Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan chat with Franki Sibberson about how teachers can get the most out of observing a colleague’s classroom. A full transcript is below...

What Coaches Carry (Part 1)

As I prepare to mentor three new coaches this year in different assignments: elementary building coach, secondary reading intervention coach and middle grades math coach, I sit down to have...

Ways to Avoid Coaching Traps

When we first began providing staff development to schools, our mentor at Tufts University shared the book Strategies for Teacher Collaboration by Loviah Aldinger with us. We each carry a well-worn copy...

Word Choice for Coaches

Peter Johnston has written an entire book about the subtleties of our communications. In Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children's Learning, Johnston explores the places where work is partially correct. He...

Three Little Phrases No Literacy Coach Can Live Without

If there are three skills any literacy coach needs, they are the ability to engage with colleagues, diffuse hostile situations, and connect with people who have a different world view....

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...

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...

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.”