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How Can We Give Kids a Seat at the Curriculum Planning Table?

This year, I’ve helped teachers in varied districts adopt or adapt the New York State Curriculum Modules, Domains, and Units for English Language Arts. I’ve helped others design their own […]

Inspiring Teachers to Design Powerful Learning Experiences with the CCLS: Part Two

This post is the second in a series on unit design and the CCLS.  You may find the first one here. I have always had a passion for curriculum design. […]

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 […]

Heather Bitka: Talented WNY Educator

“Asking kindergarteners to conduct research, to revise their thinking and their work, and to write fact-based stories independently is pretty challenging work. This could be pretty messy. If we aim this high, […]

Lou Cercone and Joe Spero: Talented WNY Educators

Lockport High School Teachers Lou Cercone and Joe Spero   It’s been a busy week already, and it’s only Wednesday. I’m spending some time coaching in Lockport City Schools, and […]


“There’s a ghost in our classroom,” Ian informed me as I slid into the seat right next to him. “Really?” I asked, looking around his kindergarten classroom for clues. “How […]

Thinkers Who Inspire Me

On my Kindle this week: The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly by Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott, and Tom Callanan. Forward by Peter Senge. […]

Jessica Gentner: A Talented WNY Educator

Jessica Gentner, Fifth Grade Teacher at Lindbergh Elementary School in Kenmore, New York Parent-teacher conferences were different for our family this year, thanks to our school district’s recent decision to […]


Four Big Ideas for Common Core Professional Development Facilitators

“Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.”  CCR.W.6 Last week, I had the honor of visiting Molly Koelle’s classroom. Molly […]

Celebrating National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! Ready to write? The Academy of American poets shares 30 ideas for doing so here. Scholastic provides a bounty of inspiration and lesson planning support […]