Fluent Reading and Spelling – new product at TpT

I hope you’ll take a look at my updated resource on TpT! My primary grade students and struggling readers excelled with these materials and I know your students will too! Sound-Along combines music, pictures, make-and-break lessons, and little books for ample engagement and practice so every student can master Common Core phonemes. Take a look at this preview to see how Sound-Along works and go to the TpT tab to.. Read More

New Products on Teachers Pay Teachers, Available Now!

I am beyond excited about my new Super Task Cards! that are now available on my Teachers Pay Teachers site! It’s been faaaaaar toooooo looooong since I posted a new product to my TpT store, so thanks for hanging in there during my hiatus. I hope you’ll check out the three sets of task cards I’ve created to help students practice foundational reading skills outlined in the K-2 Common Core… Read More

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

Teacher Appreciation Abounds

For those of you who may not know, it’s Teacher Appreciation Week. I hope you’ll take the time to send a message or extend a kind gesture toward a special teacher in your life. We all have them either through our own educational experience or in the lives of our children. I hope you’ll brighten the day of a teacher you know! A very talented teacher I am lucky enough.. Read More

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

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

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!

The Power of Home Visits for Teachers and Students

Okay, I’m here to brag again about my inspirational teacher friends at Oak Ridge Elementary in Sacramento, California. They’ve been working with their students’ families in a number of ways over the years and home visits has been one of the most beneficial for uniting their school community. Here’s an article featuring my two friends Stephanie Smith and Cristina Bautista and the powerful work they’re engaged in. Enjoy!  

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