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Strength in Assessment: A Professional Development Protocol

Recently I worked with a group of literacy leaders representing a number of different schools and experiences from all across the Portland, Oregon metro area. I knew they held a...

Writing Conferences: The Power of Listening

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.  When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so we never get tired of...

Going Public with Study Groups

It started with the cancellation of the “What’s New in Children’s Literature” study group. We couldn’t meet on our designated date, so instead of rescheduling the meeting I asked teachers...

Collecting PLC Data with Google Forms

Like so many others, my district has adopted the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) model as one of the main sources for professional development in our district. In doing so, we...

Exploring Themes in the Intermediate Grades

  At a recent third-grade team meeting we unpacked Common Core Standard #2.  We looked at the standard, asking ourselves what it means and how might we teach it: R.L....

The Dangers of Overplanning

I am a planner and a list maker. I am the person who goes out jogging in the morning, sits down, makes my list, and writes “jogging” and crosses it...

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...

Coaching Minute: Writing Objectives

Heather Rader explains why it is important to write an objective before any professional development meeting, and shares a succinct example.   While I’m comfortable writing objectives for the classrooms...

Introducing the Writing Common Core Standards: Planning for Professional Development

When I began to plan for how introducing the Common Core State Standards in Writing with a key group of leaders in our district, I kept these words of wisdom...

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...

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...

Triangulating: The Importance of Multiple Data Points When Assessing Students

We went to a professional development session a few years ago with Elizabeth City and she gave us a name for something we have always believed – the importance of...

Professional Development and Then What? How to Keep Learning Alive Long After the Staff Meeting

"Remember when we did that . . . what was it called, you know we talked about ways to help students share their thinking?" "Oh, yeah, I used that a...

Collaborating When the Going Gets Tough

 When the going gets tough, turn to inquiry.                                                                          Courage to Teach Touchstone I don’t know about you, but when the going gets tough, inquiry is not the first thing...

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.            ...

“Step Over the Line” Professional Development Icebreaker

This video of the “Step Over the Line” icebreaker activity was captured at a meeting of district-level coaches in Washington state early in the fall led by Amanda Adrian and...

Reflecting on Student Work in Staff Meetings (TEMPLATE)

Over the last four years our teaching staff has included reflecting on student work as a part of our staff meetings. To be honest, we struggled for probably three of...

How Study Groups Are Like Self-Cleaning Ovens

One of our favorite inventions ever is the self-cleaning oven. Set a timer, lock the oven door, and a few hours later — voila! You have a clean oven, and...

Quick Take: Protocols for Teacher Study Groups

In this three-minute Quick Take video, Clare Landrigan describes the teacher study group protocol she uses to foster shared understanding and allow for differentiated learning among teachers.      

Parallels Between Student Learning and Staff Development

"So, what are you working on now?"  This is a question I seem to get a lot, and despite years of practice, it's always a tricky one. You see, I...