By this time next week, many of us will be curled up at home with a hot cup of cocoa, enjoying a great book or a favorite holiday movie with our families. Don’t worry, we’...Read more
Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña speak about the importance of family engagement. Every time I hear Chancellor Fariña...Read more
Whether we’ve met at conferences or talked by phone, the staff of Scholastic Administrator magazine has had the pleasure of crossing paths with many inspiring...Read more
At a White House Summit on Early Education today, President Obama announced the recipients of two sets of federal grants targeting early learning. The grants come at a...Read more
As I began working with principals on school improvement, I found myself frequently repeating advice that was grounded in my many years of experience as principal of...Read more
This is a momentous time for young children. As we close in on the end of 2014 and the beginning of a new year, I feel encouraged and excited by many of the initiatives...Read more
Powerful, innovative learning environments don’t just spring into being—they are the product of strong leadership, intentional, focused planning, and purposeful, aligned...Read more
Following the education dialogue in America will every once in a while bring me to reflect on my own days as a student. Like most of us, I immediately draw upon memories...Read more
I've spent my morning and evening commutes this week getting caught up on the Serial podcast, which just about everyone, it seems, is listening to.
Michelle Colte of Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September 2014....
Will the new Common Core assessments serve as effective learning tools? Or will they exacerbate the "teaching to the test" anxiety that permeates many classrooms?
As schools and leaders across the country consider technology's role in student learning, Heather Staker and Michael Horn have served as guides.
When you hear the words “professional development,” what do you picture? Some educators might imagine early morning workshops in classrooms or school resource rooms. For...Read more
There are lots of ways a parent or caregiver can support a child's learning and literacy growth at home -- from having conversations around the dinner table to being a...Read more
On Wednesday, I outlined three of four steps to creating a results-driven professional learning strategy in your school or district.
Margaret Cho once said, “The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”
If the goal of professional learning is to have a powerful positive impact on student...Read more
Good news: Pleasure reading is back (goodness knows why it was ever driven from our classrooms). Bad news: Well-meaning teachers and parents are fretting over the imagined...Read more
In theory, doesn’t everyone support boosting investment in science, technology, engineering and math education in schools? Districts are trying to make sure students leave...Read more
Family and Community Engagement is on my mind this week as we get close to the kickoff of the fourth annual National Family and Community...Read more
This post is adapted from one that was originally published on the TeachThought blog.
Research on how the brain functions and how it operates while a person reads shows that the organ is constantly telling stories.
It being Connected Educators Month and all, it seemed fitting last night when Eric Sheninger and Tom Vander Ark encouraged educators to take time to get out of their own...Read more