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...
Finding the Sweet Spot on the Rigor Curve

Finding the Sweet Spot on the Rigor Curve

Rigor is a word that gets thrown around in meetings, planning documents and social media amongst educators. But what exactly is rigor? Anyone who has been in education for long can attest to the pervasiveness of buzzwords. Heck there’s even an online Educational...
Using Technology to Increase Parent Engagement

Using Technology to Increase Parent Engagement

Last month I posted a blog entitled Parent Engagement Revisited, part on an occasional series on how to engage parents in the school and in their child’s education.  A webinar I participated in earlier this week made me return to this subject.  The webinar was...
Parent Engagement Revisited

Parent Engagement Revisited

In June, I posted a blog about college going and parent engagement. The posting explored several related topics: fostering student aspirations, involving parents in promoting college going, and ensuring responsiveness to parent and student needs.  It also pointed to...
Authentic Learning leading to authentic parent engagement

Authentic Learning leading to authentic parent engagement

With fall and the school year well underway many teachers and students are closing in on the end of marking periods and scheduling of parent-teacher conferences. These isolated meetings often bring nervousness from all parties involved because they are about...