Advice from Authentic Learning and PBL Experts

Advice from Authentic Learning and PBL Experts

As Google Hangouts on Air has evolved it’s become a great tool to curate and share learning. I’ve certainly enjoyed the live panel discussions I’ve done around the Next Generation Science Standards and Literacy for 21st Century Learners pulling...
Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

Non-Fiction Articles Published by Lexile Levels

The Common Core State Standards challenges us, as English Language Arts teachers, to shift the way instruction looks and sounds in the ELA classroom. One of those shifts is the attention to the staircase of complexity. We know that for students to be ready for the...
CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

CTL Staff Spotlight: A Passion for Adolescent Literacy

The online bios of CTL staff members feature quotes that reflect each person’s passion or special interest within education. For Educational Programs Specialist Ashley Perkins, the quote actually includes the word “passion”: “Adolescent...
Innovation and Schooling

Innovation and Schooling

When my son was in middle school, I remember his seventh grade class moving from one subject and one room together, directed by the teacher, and following a painted line on the floor.  To not stay within the line meant a reprimand or even worse, a discipline...
Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

Not Your Mother’s Vocabulary List

In the previously published blog titled, Teaching Critical Vocabulary, I outlined a simple way of thinking about changing the way teachers traditionally approach vocabulary instruction in all content areas, starting with careful selection of words with which students...