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...

Mentoring: A Personal Perspective – 10 Things I’ve Learned

I am a first generation college graduate that grew up in severe city poverty.  I wasn’t one of these children that didn’t know they were poor; I knew at a very young age.  I was aware of labels that people shared to describe me from the time I was five.  My mother...

A Coaching Story Told in Two Voices

When I began my career as a coach in 1995 I was thrown in with no training.  Back then my title was technical assistance coach. I was given twenty-four schools to support and my charge was to help them implement a new program that required the teaching staff to make...

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...

Culture Club- An Assignment Reflection

I talk about culture all the time, mostly in the context of literacy, but also in relation to college-going, school climate, and the arts. I’ve never been hard-pressed to offer a suitable definition for culture in any of these scenarios, but when you remove the word...