Author: Kristin DeJong

Kristin L. DeJong, M.Ed., is a passionate educator with over 25 years’ experience, dedicated to furthering the cause of student success through high-quality public education. As a Fulbright Teacher Exchange Award recipient in 2009, Kristin gained invaluable international educational and cultural experiences while living and teaching in the United Kingdom. This experience profoundly influenced her philosophy of teaching and learning, all while gaining a global view on literacy and educational design practices. Ms. DeJong’s educational leadership decisions have been driven by the guiding principle of doing what is in the best interests of the students she is serving. She received her master of education degree from Worcester State University, in Massachusetts, where she also served as an adjunct instructor. She has spent most of her teaching career in Massachusetts, teaching high school and middle school classes at public, private, and charter schools, serving in many capacities including new teacher mentor, Department Chairperson, PLC team leader, and Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction. Most recently, and prior to joining LSI as a staff developer, Ms. DeJong was a Literacy Instructional Coach in Martin County, Florida. Follow Kristin on Twitter: @KDejong25 Connect with Kristin on LinkedIn: Kristin DeJong

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 2

By Kristin DeJong Last time around, we introduced you to the idea of implementing a few new strategies to lighten your teaching load and promote more student-centered learning in the process. Today, we round out that list with a few more ideas you’ll be doing in no time. Establish Team Roles

To Exist or Not Exist? How Student Autonomy Changes the Classroom: Part 1

By Kristin DeJong The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are now working as if I did not exist.” As a new school year begins, I’m reminded of this quotation from the famed physician and educator, Maria Montessori, and I often