Jennifer Allen examines her desire to be a part of nearly every initiative in the district, and makes some decisions about when it makes sense to step back.
Jennifer Schwanke continues her series on literacy audits. In this installment, she takes on the challenge of matching limited resources and time to nearly unlimited needs.
We continue our series on literacy audits. Jennifer Schwanke explains why it is essential to build a strong team if you want to see real change after completing an audit and deciding on next steps.
We continue our series on taking a literacy audit. In this installment, Jennifer Schwanke describes a process for developing a plan to improve literacy practices once you've identified areas of need.
Jennifer Allen shares some simple strategies for integrating more choice and restoration time into professional development all year long.
Jennifer Schwanke continues her series on literacy audits. In this installment, she provides some key questions for taking the "literacy pulse" in your school.
Jennifer Schwanke shares questions for beginning a reflective analysis of your strengths and needs in literacy.
Jennifer Schwanke begins a new summer series on doing a self-audit of your literacy leadership and your school's needs. This is a great tool for reflection and planning for the new school year. In this introduction, Jen explains why this auditing and reflection is essential work.
Matt Renwick finds he needs to take a deep breath, listen, and be open to options when there is a disagreement about next steps in a school improvement initiative.
"Are you going to read one of your stupid quotes again?" This question from a "frequent flyer" in the principal's office got Matt Renwick to consider ways to change up the morning announcements with a variety of literacy-related components.
Conversations about needy students can be noisy, busy, and contentious. Stella Villalba finds that developing a few questions for reflection is a terrific way to stay grounded in basic principles and beliefs.
Cathy Mere explains why using video in professional development that is captured in your own school or district's classrooms can be far more powerful than any video purchased or provided in a kit. She provides tips for inviting teachers to record and share their practices.
"I'm already doing this," a teacher groans. And the literacy coach groans inwardly at the same time, because they usually aren't doing anything resembling the innovation being discussed. Dana Murphy explains how she uses validation and questions to move beyond this conversation killer in professional development settings.
Dana Murphy concludes her series on norms, explaining how to keep norms alive throughout the year so that you don't have to experience the awkwardness of reprimanding colleagues at meetings.
There are always norms in groups. Shouldn't you be the leader in making sure they are positive ones? Dana Murphy shares the process she uses and gives an example.
David Pittman shares the unspoken questions new literacy coaches will ask themselves or will face from teachers in their new role.
Cathy Mere remembers her early days as a coach and shares her top seven strategies for having a fulfilling first year.
When the school doors close for the summer, literacy coaches and school leaders face the landscape of a blank calendar for the new school year. Ruth Ayres thinks through how to prioritze time in a way that supports your beliefs and values.
Stephanie Affinito uses a popular app to stay on top of children's literature and deliver timely recommendations to teachers and children.
Matt Renwick repurposes nearly obsolete technologies such as typewriters and Polaroid cameras for surprising new learning in classrooms.