A Can’t Miss Tool for Common Core

In classrooms across the US teachers are working hard to implement the Common Core standards and now there is a tool that can really help. The SOAR Teaching Frames™ help teachers, administrators, and coaches to develop a shared understanding of instructional practices that are essential in the standards and build a vision of the Common Core in action. Watch the video below to learn about the Frames, associated rubrics, and.. Read More

Yet Another Blurb with EL Magazine – online

This is one of my favorite tidbits that has been published yet because it highlights the rich, purposeful work that happens every day at my favorite school – Oak Ridge Elementary in Sacramento, California. Cheers! Tell Me About How Your Group Examined Student Work – Emerging Patterns  

Another Blurb in EL Magazine!

I was sifting through the mail earlier this week and was glad to see that my copy of the March 2016 issue of Educational Leadership magazine had arrived. And I was even more pleased when I realized that they published my response to their “Tell Me About…” section! This month’s issue is about life-long learning and their question was “Tell Me How You Help Students Gain Life Skills”. My response.. Read More

High-Impact Practices for Literacy: A Free Professional Learning Opportunity

For the past year or so I’ve been involved in an exciting project that has enormous potential for improving the teaching and learning of literacy in our schools. The SOAR (Strategic Observation and Reflection) Teaching Frames™ for Literacy are a research-based tool that articulates instructional practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement and address the Common Core Standards. The Frames clearly define those practices and the professional growth.. Read More

U.S. Teaching Ambassadors

Take a look at this post on the U.S. Department of Education’s blog by my multi-talented friend Nancy Veatch. Nancy is serving as a U.S. Teaching Ambassador Fellow this year and is sharing her expertise with folks in Washington DC and all over the country. Way to represent! Calling on All to Lift Up the Teaching Profession  

The Best Resource for Common Core Writing is Finally Here!

I am beyond excited to share a remarkable and extremely valuable resource that’s available free online. It’s called Understanding Proficiency, and it’s fantastic! Of course, I’m biased because I was one of the lucky educators who helped develop the content for the site. But I think you’ll quickly see how valuable the materials are for teachers, administrators, coaches, you name it! It’s the resource I’ve wished for since the Common.. Read More

Presenting on the Island – Again!

Who turns down an opportunity to present at the International Conference on Education and a trip to Oahu? Not me! So happy to be here in Hawaii and looking forward to attending and presenting this week. Can’t wait to share more about the SOAR (Strategic Observation and Reflection) Teaching Frames™ for Literacy that I’ve worked on for almost a year. Stay tuned as they are publicly launched later this month!

At the Beach, Again!

So happy to be here in Bodega Bay, California ready to start another year of supporting districts with innovative practices designed to reimagine teacher evaluation systems.  A top priority is putting professional growth at the heart of evaluation, and guiding district teams to engage their colleagues and tap into existing resources to make it happen.  Also revealing our new tool that improves evaluation, feedback, and Common Core instructional practices!  More.. Read More

Mahalo Oahu and Maui Educators

As happy as I am to be back on the mainland with my sweet little family, I find myself longing for the island life!  It was such a pleasure to not only visit Hawaii (I mean, how can you go wrong?), but to meet with such thoughtful practitioners who willingly gave up part of their very brief summer break to work with me and my colleagues to learn about performance.. Read More

Hawaii Here I Come!

Getting very excited here on the mainland because my trip to Hawaii is less than a month away!  As part of the incredible Building Educator Assessment Literacy project through WestEd and Stanford SCALE (funded by Helmsley Foundation) I have been hired to present to teachers on Oahu and Maui.  So excited!  Of course the island appeal is too good to pass up, but I’m equally looking forward to working with.. Read More

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