“Close reading can’t wait until seventh grade or junior year in high school. It needs to find its niche in kindergarten and the years just beyond if we mean to build...Read more
Last week, we hosted a "Mini-PD" session via Google Hangout focused on “The Keys to Effective Classroom Management.” Panelist Kelly Bergman, a master of classroom...Read more
While some districts are struggling with 1:1 technology initiatives that aim to provide technology for every student, Lewisville Independent School District is forging...Read more
The new school year is off and running, and technology, as always, is on the minds of educators, leaders and news pundits as well. As WBUR's Tom Ashbrook points out: "At...Read more
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) is a time to recognize the many contributions of Latinos to life in the United States and learn about the cultures and...Read more
We've blogged several times about the importance of students having a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset) about their intelligence -- helping them understand that...Read more
What makes attending a state reading conference so special? The energy and enthusiasm. When you gather thousands of teachers who want to improve their craft you find...Read more
What does it mean to be an "instructional leader" of a school?
In this "Mini-PD" session recorded on Google+ last night, Sharon Wolder and Sue Szachowicz, the...Read more
Through the magnificent documentary “I AM ELEVEN,” I was recently reminded of how amazing being 11 years old can be.
This year’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow conference focused mostly on higher education, but there was plenty of chatter about hot-button K-12 issues such as...Read more
On September 4, the doors of New York City's public schools swung open to a new crop of students—more than 1.1 million in all.
Because of Mayor Bill de Blasio's...Read more
Educators know very well the importance of having strong partnerships with parents, yet building these can be one of the most challenging aspects of the job. Scholastic...Read more
I have recently discovered Twitter, and it has supercharged my professional development. The reason? Twitter education chats!
Two months ago I would have said, “No...Read more
It's a new school year! How are you approaching the "productive struggle" of learning?
Consider the importance of expectations. When we expect a task to be easy, it...Read more