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Developing a Fluency with the Common Core Learning Standards

At first glance it might seem like we are doing this already, but teaching confidently with the CCLS challenges us to understand them with depth. Glancing at the standards is …

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What’s at the Top, Anyway?

What does it mean to Race to the Top? Ensuring that students leave schools prepared for college and career is the ultimate goal of course, and as a Network Equivalent …

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What Conditions Create People Who Act Like…..

This: And what conditions create people who act like this? These videos punctuated early conversations I had with teachers and leaders relevant to Race to the Top.They prompted the articulation …

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Getting Race-Ready

Pythagoras suggested that the beginning is the half of everything. Anyone who has been facilitating ELA work around the Common Core Learning Standards this fall knows this, because David Coleman …

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Envisioning the Top

What is your vision of the graduate you hope to shape? What is your vision of the professional you will become? Envision your students at the very top of their …

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Race to the Top: A Means, Not an End?

It depends on your perspective, I guess. We can treat Race to the Top as a mandate. We can make it our holy grail. We can bend dramatically under the …

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Cultivating Capacity with Quiet Leadership

  On Tuesday of this week, I was invited to attend a Board of Education meeting at Wellsville Central School to share a bit about the professional learning opportunities I’ve …

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June is for Gratitude

June is my favorite month on the calendar. I get to spend these weeks bringing closure to the work that was done during the school year, working with teams to …

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What Kindergarteners Can Teach Us About Research, Creating Content, and Connected Learning: Part 2

Today’s post is the second in a series relevant to the learning that has transpired in Lockport teacher Heather Bitka’s kindergarten classroom this spring. I introduced Heather in this post. …

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Three Years: Reflecting on What I’ve Learned

When I first became a professional development provider, much of what I was capable of doing was limited to speaking engagements, short-term projects, and workshops. I worked on a team …

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