This is the third in a series of three posts. Check out Teams—Don’t Go It Alone and Teams—Build a Team to see the latest in the series!
Teams, in many ways, are like performance automobiles. It takes time to build one. There is great care and
Can you imagine a school district in-service that teachers look forward to attending? Is it possible that PD days can include engaging personalized sessions, food and music, hands-on relevant learning—and some fun? Yes!
We’ve all been there—Sitting in an auditorium full of educators listening to a
A couple of years ago, I decided to focus on educational writing in my areas of expertise. I spent a year learning how to watercolor, journal, and decompress after retiring from an incredible career in public education. After several months into retirement, I discovered that
This is a question that I have been exploring since last August when I returned to school for my own personal development and since last October when I assumed a new professional role in my district as a coordinator for educator effectiveness. To say that
What is something teachers around the globe have in common? A list of problems wider and deeper than the ocean itself. We share them over our coffees while supervising morning entry, dismissal and in the rare occasions we have time to each lunch together. We
A highly respected principal told this story in one of our workshops about the need to support her teachers in their classroom craft. “Yes, I believe in professional learning for my teachers. I know the teacher is the key to success for the kids in
Have you heard comments like these from educators you’re leading or coaching when you’ve presented solid evidence for a research-based instructional strategy?
“I tried that. I had to go back and reteach everything—what a waste of time.”
“These students aren’t ready.”
“My classroom is rigorous”
We all know lesson planning takes time and a lot of effort. Co-planning for co-teaching requires dedicated time and collaborative effort by two or more people. Whether co-planning with another educator or a student teacher, the co-planning process involves additional tasks not found in individual
As districts face challenges with a revolving door of excellent teachers, it’s time to find ways to offer sustainable, relevant, and engaging PD in and across schools.
EFFECTIVE PD displays three primary characteristics:
It’s when these three characteristics are combined that real results are achieved
It’s often this time of the year that I hear my peers, colleagues, and friends utter the phrase “I would exercise more if I had more time”… “I’m going to clean out the garage once I find the time”… I will clean out my closets