If your blog post fell in the forest would anybody read it?

If your blog post fell in the forest would anybody read it?

Making thinking public and visible outside of the normal classroom walls is a great way to help engage students in meaningful and purposeful work. Teachers often fall into the trap of having students present their work to classroom peers or even just the teacher....
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...

Was Life in the Middle Ages Really a Fairy Tale?

Guest Blogger Stella Baker is an English Language Arts teacher at Owsley County Middle School. She has been teaching in Kentucky schools for 29 years. Over that period of time she has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels, but has always returned to middle...
Revisiting Purpose in ELA Classrooms

Revisiting Purpose in ELA Classrooms

In a recent English Language Arts academy facilitated by CTL, teachers used a critical friends protocol similar to the one show below to provide feedback to each other after three days of creating inquiry-based units. Among the interesting comments shared was this...
The Art in Education

The Art in Education

A few weeks ago my husband and I had the great parental pleasure of seeing our now grown son honored by an organization that had been particularly important to him growing up. Seventeen summers ago, he had the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Governor’s School for...