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Aligning to the Common Core without sacrificing your standards

Earlier this week, I recounted my first day of performance based assessment design with a new group of teachers and administrators. If you happened to read, you might remember that […]

I’m proud to be this kind of reformer

Over the last several years, I’ve spent a good deal of time facilitating performance based assessment design with quite a few teachers in quite a few different places. This is […]

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 […]

Links and Pins from Where I’ve Been: Informed Perspectives on the Common Core

Some may have noticed my absence from this space for well over a year. This was an intentional break inspired by my growing disappointment in how most people were choosing […]

I’ve spent part of this week with a group of elementary teachers who are neck-deep in curriculum design. Prior to our first session, I asked them to talk with their […]

On Narrowing the Curriculum

  I’m hearing great things from teachers and kids who are piloting the English Language Arts modules that were released earlier this year in Albany. In fact, several of the […]

Rethinking Shared Reading with the Common Core: When Students Pick the Texts

Last month, a number of teachers and consultant friends of mine began kicking around the idea of creating an archive of paired passages and texts that educators could pull on […]

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Why Data? Because Passion Can Narrow Perspective

Yesterday, I opened a conversation about the roles that assessment and intervention play in attending to the needs of struggling and reluctant readers. Would you like to know the most […]

Empowering Reluctant and Struggling Readers

    Last week, Kim Yaris and Jan Burkins invited me to begin this conversation about text complexity and cognitive dissonance on their blog.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share […]

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 […]