All posts in Talented WNY Educators

Ten Reasons Why Organizational Story Writing Matters

More and more often, I’m invited to work not only with school districts, but with other organizations that are interested in telling their stories. Stories matter. They center us. They […]

Teachers Who Write

Recently, several colleagues asked me to begin a professional writing support group. If you are eager to begin blogging, publishing articles, or drafting a manuscript, you are welcome to join us. If […]

Not Sure Where to Begin Documenting Visible Learning? Try a Design Sprint

This week, I had the good fortune to meet with a small group of teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, and professional learning facilitators at Erie 2 BOCES. We spent the day […]

Keeping Standards, Not Scores, at the Center of Our Inquiry Team Meetings

I’ve been working with the English Department at Starpoint Middle School for ten years, and those who know me well appreciate the high regard that I maintain for this particular group […]

Stuck in the Middle with You: Negotiating a “Series of Perceived Paradoxes”

I just wrapped up my first Google Hangout book study with Michelle Helmer, Lauren Ormsby, Karen Kondrick, Margie Sweetman, and Erin Wheeler. We’re exploring Ron Berger, Leah Rugen, and Libby Woodfin’s text, […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Grounded Theory and Design Thinking

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to attend EdCamp Buffalo for the first time. This was something I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. Having an […]

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 […]

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 […]