Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

Read Like a Detective. Write Like a Reporter.

This post has been updated from its original 2012 publish date. I recently stumbled across a quote that, for me, sums up so perfectly the Common Core State Standards and how they demand a more focused and rigorous classroom approach to prepare students as competitive...
Simply Assign Complex Texts?

Simply Assign Complex Texts?

This blog post has been updated from its original version posted in 2013.  What makes a text complex? Is it the structure? Is it sentence length? Is it student motivation? Text complexity takes into account all of these characteristics and more. If we know that one...
“Give For Good Louisville” Campaign

“Give For Good Louisville” Campaign

For the first time, CTL will actively participate in the “Give For Good Louisville” Campaign. The Community Foundation of Louisville is committed to its focus on being a force for good and has built a wonderful platform that promotes giving back to our city and the...
Why the Read-Aloud?

Why the Read-Aloud?

Name this show. “Take a look. It’s in a book…” The title of the show presents itself in the next line of the song. We hear of “A Reading Rainbow” that promises readers we can go anywhere and be anything. When Reading Rainbow® aired in 1983, it was in response to...
Vocabulary Development Strategies for Long-Term Impact

Vocabulary Development Strategies for Long-Term Impact

Have you met Jerome? You should. When we unpack the new Artful Reading module, The Right Word, and teachers read Peter H. Reynolds’ picture book, The Word Collector for the first time, they all, without fail, meet Jerome and fall in love. Why do they fall in love?...
CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

CTL’s Vision of Schooling Includes Project Based Learning

One of our goals at CTL is to advance a vision of schooling that engages all students in interesting and rigorous work, develops their talents and abilities, and prepares them for college and career.  That sounds like a tall order, but we know from our 20 years of...
Conceptual Understanding, the Instructional Shifts

Conceptual Understanding, the Instructional Shifts

Instructional Shifts As teachers implement shifts in instruction, what students do in the classroom looks different, how students practice looks different, student homework looks different. It is important to note that change takes time, and teachers must be supported...
Conceptual Understanding, the Framework

Conceptual Understanding, the Framework

Conceptual Framework Developing conceptual understanding of mathematics has long been a goal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Smith, Bill, & Raith, 2018), the National Research Council (National Mathematics Advisory Panel, 2008), and the...