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Where in the World Are We Skyping?

Fellow literacy coach Sheri Barsottelli and I visited with Heather Bitka and her kindergarten students at Roy B. Kelley Elementary School today, and when we got there, we learned that […]


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 […]

What I’ve Learned From Walk-Throughs and Talk-Throughs

It’s been interesting, what I’ve learned about the schools and the kids and the teachers that I’ve worked with since I’ve made walk-throughs a fundamental part of planning professional learning […]

Walks and Talks: Getting to Know Your Audience

One of my friends retired recently, and while we were out celebrating her new future, she got to thinking about the number of kids she taught during her thirty year […]

Contemplating Boundaries

This week, several people in my professional learning network have asked me to stream my demo lessons and share more photos of the work that I do inside of schools. […]

Oh, The Places We Long to Go…..

Hey–there is an interesting conversation taking place over here. I jumped in because the issues raised here are particularly relevant to the work that I….and a whole lot of other […]

WNYLIT: A F2F and Virtual Forum for WNY Literacy Leaders

Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate the first session of WNYLIT, a new forum for literacy leaders in our area, hosted at the Carrier Center in Angola, New […]

Literacy and Augmented Reality

The folks over at Common Craft have gifted us with another gracefully simplistic video–this one is about augmented reality. This has everything to do with literacy. It has everything to […]

Collaborative Literacy Coaching

Last week, I invited a fellow of the WNY Young Writers’ Studio and literacy-coach-in-training to accompany me on a visit to Long Island, New York, where we met with junior […]

Beyond Building Capacity: Sustaining New Literacy Coaches in Their Roles

As an independent literacy coach, the districts that I serve contract with me to provide coaching inside of their schools as they work to identify those who may want to […]