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Wanna Win a Corwin Text? Seeking Your Input Here

First, I want to thank those of you who have dropped by over the last few months, subscribed to my email list, and added my blog to your readers. I’ve […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding close reading by reflecting on your own stories

Image by Gris M. via flickr Four years ago, as teachers began digging into the Common Core Learning Standards and making sense of the six shifts that underpin them, questions […]

Aligning to the Common Core without sacrificing your standards

Earlier this week, I recounted my first day of performance based assessment design with a new group of teachers and administrators. If you happened to read, you might remember that […]

I’m proud to be this kind of reformer

Over the last several years, I’ve spent a good deal of time facilitating performance based assessment design with quite a few teachers in quite a few different places. This is […]

Frequently Asked Questions About Standards Based Grading

  When I think back on initial conversations that took place surrounding standards based grading in the schools that I serve, I remember that the same questions kept rising to […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Standards-Based Grading

HAPPY NEW YEAR WESTERN NEW YORK EDUCATORS! This week, I’ll be sharing a series of posts relevant to standards based grading. Over the last three years, I’ve learned and worked […]

Test Stress

  There is no data to suggest that practicing standardized assessments over and over again positively influences performance. Ever. So we need to stop doing that. There is a great deal of […]

Building vs. Activating Background Knowledge

I spent Saturday with teachers and writers at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio. Our season is winding down, and everyone is swimming in the depths of the projects they’ve been […]