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In addition to facilitating professional development sessions for teachers, I’m also the founder of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio. Here, K-12 writers and teachers of writing meet throughout the year […]

What if we never had to test again? One teacher’s inspired assessment approach


I’m not sure if this is possible, but I’m starting to think it could be. I’ve been incredibly inspired by quite a few teachers who have been playing around with […]

Congeniality is the Enemy of Kindness

I don’t trust nice people in general, but if you’re truly kind, there’s a very good chance that we’ll become fast friends. Because here’s what I know: congeniality is the […]

Are You a Data Hater? Five Big Myths Educators Need to Stop Perpetuating


I’ve been facilitating inquiry team meetings and helping teachers make meaning from standardized assessment data in New York State schools for well over a decade now. Experience has uncovered the […]

Two Sets of Sentence Frames that Help Writers Provide Quality Feedback


When it comes to building a writing community, much depends on the quality of the feedback that writers provide to one another. Solid feedback is timely, aligned to the needs […]

Start a Writing Habit with this Twenty Day Notebook Challenge

Over the last five years, I’ve had the good fortune to meet and write with a whole lot of kindergarteners, and when I ask them if they love to write, […]

Give Writers Permission to Innovate by Rethinking the Supplies You Provide

In my work with teachers, and in our fellowship programs at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, I’ve become closely acquainted with a few kids who absolutely hate writing. What’s worse […]

Why Every Teacher Needs an Inspiration Board

This inspiration board hangs on the wall right beside my desk. It’s become a catch all for ideas that are brewing, kindnesses paid by friends and students, and pictures that […]

Four Fabulous Virtual Writing Communities for Kids


Writers tend to be quietly reflective, and the ones that I work with will tell you that it can be hard to find company inside of their schools. Over the […]

Story as a Vehicle for Professional Development


As an education consultant, I know all too well how easy it is to stand before teachers and speak to best practices. This is enjoyable work, when I can get […]