You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.
You might have asked yourself recently: What is my mission as an educational leader? For me, my mission stems from my beliefs and my “whys” around education.
In the children’s book Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds, Ramon loves to draw the world around him. But his drawings never quite look “right.” Out of frustration, he...Read more
What do four- and five-year-olds like to do most?
"Move and paint and make noise," says Paul King.
I have found in life that it is impossible to take others on a journey that we, ourselves, are not on. It is quite the challenge to inspire others to become something we...Read more
Super Bowl Sunday is just over a week away. And while most people are talking about how the Patriots stack up against the Seahawks (and who's to blame for #DeflateGate),...Read more
Most experts say that children benefit from “quality” instruction at an early age. But as preschool programs around the country expand, questions are being raised about...Read more
Even though she was surrounded by 4,200 students and dozens of faculty and staff every day on the job, former Brockton High School Principal Sue Szachowicz often felt...Read more
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a tremendous impact on my life. I learned so much from him during the course of my work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
In a recent meeting among Instructor magazine’s editors, we talked about the difference between the terms “professional development” and “professional learning.”...Read more
Every other year, Scholastic surveys children and their parents on their attitudes and behaviors towards reading.
While I’m not typically a resolution-maker, there’s something about a new year that invites reflection. As I contemplate what I want to accomplish in 2015, rather than...Read more
A new year always holds the promise of a fresh start. Consider how you might reinvigorate your district’s commitment to student achievement, and jump start 2015 with a...Read more
We've published to this blog 238 times this year (and counting!). As we near the end of 2014, I'm feeling thankful for the many people who have contributed to edu@...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
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
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.