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A Review of Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Read, Write, Think, and Collaborate

One of the funny things about parenting as an educator is that often, your children teach you a great deal about things you think you already know a few things […]

Ready to #MakeWriting? I’d Love to Help You.

Ten years ago, I founded a wonderful little writing studio in my very own community. Every week, and for weeks at a time in the summer, I’ve worked with kids […]

Documenting for Learning: 8 Steps in a Recursive Process

    Over the last few years, some of the teachers that I support have begun assessing learning without interrupting it in order to test kids. Their commitment to documentation is leading […]

The WNY Young Writer’s Studio: Teacher-Centered, Job-Embedded Professional Learning That’s FREE

Registration for the upcoming season is now open at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, and while I often share the work of the kids in our community, I don’t often […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Creating an Installation of Works in Progress

I am BEYOND EXCITED to be hosting this event with everyone at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio! For the last several years, our annual writing celebrations were inspired by the […]

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers

There are so many implications for educators who work at all levels of the system here. Hatch inspired me as much as he pushed my thinking. Great weekend read! Some […]

Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rule-Breakers, and Changemakers

  Read anything awesome over spring break? I did. My favorite read was actually a reread, and I have a feeling I’ll be referencing it deep into the future. Sunni Brown, […]

Join Me at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio!

By day, I’m a consultant in school districts throughout Western New York. Summers, weekends, and evenings often find me writing and learning beside kids and teachers at the WNY Young […]

Inquiry Teams: Beginning Where You Are

  When I first began learning how groups of teachers might use data to empower practice and serve kids better, most of the models I studied felt very linear and […]

The Inquiring Writing Teacher

  Wellsville Middle and High School English teachers began inquiry work within collegial learning circles three years ago. What they accomplished for writers that year and what they’ve continued to accomplish […]