“It’s Been Interesting Having Three Mentor Coaches…”

End of Year Conversation With A Coach Part 1 The 2009-10 school year is nearly over.  I am finishing projects and spending time in schools working with literacy coaches I support as a mentor coach. I have been reflecting on this work and considering some questions:...

Learning Logs

As much as I dislike sitting down and crafting a completed writing product, I love writing to learn. Writing to learn adds to my understanding of content. As a student writing notes was an important part of my ability to do well on tests. I wanted to be a good student...

Academic Dialogue and Principal Leadership

An important sub-domain of student literacy development is academic dialogue, used to help students verbalize and solidify their learning.  Academic dialogue provides an opportunity for students to check their own understanding of new concepts and vocabulary, and to...

Granting Education

It’s grant writing season in the education world. The possibility of receiving millions in federal stimulus dollars has motivated more than 1,600 local school districts and non-profit education organizations nationwide to develop and write proposals for...

Snakes, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails

We all know the nursery rhyme that suggests boys are made from unpleasant things like snakes, snails and puppy dog tails while girls are made from pleasant things like sugar and spice. The nursery rhyme, aside from the teasing, points out that boys and girls are...