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Common Core Standards: Spreading the Word

As a district-level literacy coach in California, I've been given the task of helping move our system toward implementation of the Common Core Standards. We are a large urban district...

Building Community Protocols

When we plan professional development sessions, inservice courses, and literacy team meetings, we are always on the lookout for new ways to build community within the group so that everyone...

Off the Dance Floor and Onto the Balcony: Getting the Big Picture in Schools

We coordinate professional development efforts in schools. Periodically we visit classrooms during literacy blocks to think about how we are progressing toward our goals, and to identify next steps for...

Opinion Exchange: A Workshop Activity for Study Groups

What do new teachers need to keep them going that difficult first year? In our first session with new teachers in October, our room was filled with the stories of...

Same Old Books with New Intentions: Reflecting on Rigor and the Common Core

Rigor is not an attribute of a text, but rather a characteristic of our behavior with that text.                                                                             Kylene Beers and Robert Probst I remember one of my first...

Hollering About Informational Text

We set out over a year ago to increase the informational side of our bookshelves when we realized that our professional development mentor texts mirrored the elementary school discrepancy between...

Exit Slips Open Doors

"It doesn't have to end here." So claims the Powerpoint slide at the end of my professional development classes in the past. With this statement, along with my contact information...

What Coaches Carry (Part 2)

In part one of this series we began the conversation about what to carry to be prepared for the varied work of teacher leadership — from teaching and one-on-one coaching,...

The Power of Linking Words and Perceptions

It does not take long before we start to attach labels to children in any classroom. We begin to sort, both by academics and behavior. Soon we find ourselves using...

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....

Creating Savory Professional Development

Ralph Fletcher shares in Joy Write, “Play in writing is not just a nice idea but that it’s essential.” Amy Krousse Rosenthal imagines the perfect fiction writer has a “penchant...