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Alignment and Community: Planning a Year of Professional Development Opportunities

The role of the leader is to enable, facilitate, and cause peers to interact in a focused manner. Peer interaction is the social glue of focus and cohesion. Michael Fullan...

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...

Walk-Arounds: Gathering Data to Test Assumptions

As an instructional leader, I am subjected to tattling. You are probably assuming I mean tattling on the part of children, but you'd be surprised. I am referring to teachers...

Collaborating with My Principal on Student-Centered Coaching

It is the beginning of a new school year, and I am tucked in a small private meeting room with my coaching colleague Heather, drawing timelines and outlines. I’m shifting...

Book Hooks

I write this article about the masterful work of Amy Simmons, a teacher in my building.  Her official role is “Instructional Support Teacher,” which means she is in charge of...

Curriculum Work: Making Meaning Together

To make dreams apparent to others and to align people with them requires not just mere explanations or clarification but the creation of meaning.            ...

Creating a Coaching Schedule

We have been encouraging the literacy coaches we work with to create a year-long coaching schedule for their school. The main goal of these coaching schedules is to ensure that...

Calendaring a Literacy Coach

My husband and I married when we were sophomores in college transferring to the University of Washington. He was pursuing architecture and I was in education. We arrived in our...