What Do We Mean by College for All?

At CTL we have forged a strong partnership with GEAR UP, a federal college access program that seeks to prepare and enroll poor and minority students in college.  Generally these students are first in their family to attend college, so support ranges from increasing...

Video- Falling Flat on Your Face

I was reading the article Seven Reasons to “Go to the Tape” in ASCD and I decided to blog about how I positively changed my concern about being in front of the camera and what it did to improve my classroom practice. The article discusses that coaches are...

Literature For Its Own Sake

“What do you do with a B.A. in English/What is my life going to be?/Four years of college and plenty of knowledge/Have earned me this useless degree.”  These wry lyrics from the Broadway musical, Avenue Q, penned by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx...

Video Games, Fun, and Learning!

I’ve long been a proponent of using games and simulations to engage students in learning (1, 2). Let’s face it, we all like to play games, and we all want our students to be successful learners. Does it matter if they have fun while they are learning? I...

Common Core Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts

Do you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New...