Free Instructional Coaching Course – Register Now!

A free course will be available soon from Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at the University of California, Davis School of Education that introduces participants to the importance of coaching within a professional learning system. This course serves as an introduction to coaching and thought about how a school or district might begin the journey toward implementing coaching roles in their learning communities. It’s online, it’s self-paced, and it’s free!.. Read More

Academic Language MOOC Coming Soon – and it’s free!

Take a look at this free MOOC hosted by Stanford University.  “Seven Essential Practices for Developing Academic Oral Language and Literacy in Every Subject” is taught by the authors of Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Dr. Susan O’Hara of UC Davis, Dr. Jeff Zwiers of Stanford University, and Dr. Bob Pritchard of Sacramento State.  I’m looking forward to everything I’ll learn!  Join me and sign up soon, it starts.. Read More

What messages are you sending to students?

I’m so lucky to work with educators who set the bar so high for their students, for themselves, and for the profession.  Take a look at two messages I saw recently in kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  Wouldn’t you want your child to have these teachers? W These charts got me thinking about the messages I’m sending to students, both in words and actions.  What is it that you want.. Read More

J.K. Rowling on Writing

I was recently working with a talented 5th grade teacher who included a video in her writer’s workshop mini lesson.  The video featured an author who shared how and why she always carries her writer’s notebook – to capture dialogue, jot down a character name, recall a funny incident – in the world around her.  The students had such a positive response to the video, and the teacher and I.. Read More

Another Learning Adventure Gets Underway

I’m here in Connecticut (for the first time ever!) to attend a week-long summer institute for Learning-Focused Supervision.  I’m looking forward to what I’m going to learn and am curious to see how the information I’ll hear will mesh with my schema about coaching and professional learning.  Should be a great week!  And I’m secretly crossing my fingers that I’ll run into Lorelai and Rory while I’m here.  I’m sure.. Read More

Informational Text – What Does it Really Mean?

I have several literacy crushes whom I respect immensely. Whenever they publish a new work it feels like Christmas morning! One of them is Nell K. Duke, a professor at University of Michigan. My husband and I visited dear friends who are U of M alum and still live in Ann Arbor and I secretly hoped I’d run into Dr. Duke during our visit. Alas, no such luck, but she.. Read More

Cheering Us On

I am very fortunate to have had incredible mentors during my teaching career. I knew from the start that to find success in teaching I needed the help of more experienced educators whom I could look up to, and I sought out the best I could find. Some times it was the teacher at my grade level who had a teaching style I admired. Or it was the colleague with.. Read More

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