Cool Summer Reading

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, I’m thinking about relaxing by a pool or in the shade with a delicious book–which brings back fond memories of my childhood summer reading adventures.  A few months ago, I came across a piece in School Library Journal for...

Are English Language Arts Teachers Ready?

Across the United States we have teachers, schools and/or districts on varying levels of implementation in regards to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Some are preparing to implement while others are partially or fully...

The Principal as Professional Development Leader

At CTL we are doing quite a bit of work with GEAR UP, a federal college access program the aim of which is to ensure low income students are prepared for and enter college.  This federal initiative also supports Kentucky reform as embodied in SB 1 with its increased...

Reclaiming Thinking for Our Practice

For my May post I have invited friend and colleague Marjorie Larner to share part of the draft introduction of a new book she is working on.  Margie is the author of, Pathways (Heinemann, (2004) and Tools for Leaders (Scholastic, 2007).  Both these books have been...

Writing: The Long and Short of It, Continued

In my March 23rd post, I described the lengthy research paper required of all junior English students in my public high school many moons ago.  I cited a recent article by the New York Times’ Matt Richter (Blogs vs. Term Papers) on the blogs versus term papers debate...