The last two years in school have been chaotic and unpredictable. Leaders and teachers are leaving in record numbers due to the constant upheaval and uncertainty. Engaging those who stayed and enticing a new generation of teachers requires educators to rethink how we do business.
Marianne, a classroom teacher, asked me if she should try digital portfolios for her students’ writing or stay with print only.
We were meeting for our fall teacher evaluation conference. As her principal, I am obligated to sign off on faculty member’s goals and plans. The
A Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coach is a relatively newer type of support position in K-12 schools. An SEL coach helps to organize the people, resources, and tasks that must take place during SEL implementation. Schools need SEL coaches or lead implementers to help with
“Know thy impact.”
This maxim by Dr. John Hattie has stayed with me since I read his seminal resource Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning (Routledge, 2012). It continues to surface as, too often, the teacher-to-student influence is not clear. This lack of clarity
“Is this good?” Abbie asked me, gesturing towards the introduction of an informational piece of writing.
As an instructional coach in Abbie’s class, I had just watched her teacher engage students in a lesson analyzing various strategies for “hooking” readers into their stories, including quotes and
When we come into classrooms with curiosity, our minds are open to possibility.
You probably already know this, but your classroom walkthroughs and formal observations are not working as you might hope. Yes, they can be effective in evaluating your overall schoolwide literacy initiative. However, checklists
This Year’s Story
Teachers have taken on a lot in this radically different school year—new forms of technology, new ways to virtually instruct their students, new ways to keep students engaged, new ways to assess progress—the list of “new” is endless. School leaders are facing their
In this time of coronavirus, when our lives have been turned upside down, the gift of listening well, the first phase of the evocative coaching model, is especially precious. Listening well is important not just in the context of coaching but with all those we care for and care about. In these topsy-turvy times,
Why Investing in the Experience Our Educators Have Will Produce the Greatest Student Achievement
The interest in teacher recruiting and retention continues to grow across the country and has become a higher priority for all school districts. According to the Learning Policy Institute’s 2016 report, “A Coming
Anyone who has made the shift from teacher to instructional coach understands how it feels to suddenly be without systems and structures. No longer are there bell schedules, lists of subjects to teach, or report cards. Rather, it’s up to coaches to figure out how