Category: Building Expertise

Election Day Classroom Activities

By Scott Sterling Although there have been aspects of this campaign that are not appropriate for the classroom, It’s still important for students to understand and even participate in the election process. Students need to be prepared to contribute to our democracy and be able to recognize its evolution and

Best Practices for Professional Learning Communities

By Scott Sterling One of the key pieces of the beginning of the school year is the establishment or reestablishment of a school’s professional learning communities (PLCs). Although PLCS are a common practice in modern education, perhaps a school has a new leadership team or quite a few new teachers.

Cultivating Coaching Mindsets

What if All Educators Adopted a “Coaching Mindset” This Year?

By Jacy Ippolito and Rita M. Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets There is much being written about the dire need for better teaching these days. Much of the rhetoric places the burden squarely on teachers’ shoulders. But where are teachers supposed to turn for support and guidance, once they have completed

This Year’s Big and Exciting Summer Education Conferences

By Scott Sterling Naturally, summer is the most popular time for educators to grow and hone their craft through learning, collaboration, and connecting with other educators. A lot of this occurs at conferences. There are quite a few out there this year, but here is a selection. Some are huge

Yes, a room full of 1,600 educators is quite orderly

Rigor and Assessment: Central Themes of Building Expertise 2015

By Scott Sterling Now that we’ve all recovered from last week’s Building Expertise 2015: Journey to Rigor, it’s time to reflect on what we learned and how much fun we had. There were some major themes of the conference that are worth discussing. It was huge! The conference sold out

Performance Assessment Requires Coordinating the “Performance” and the “Assessment”

By Susan M. Brookhart, author of Performance Assessment: Showing What Students Know and Can Do. Most current learning standards ask students to do more than comprehend content knowledge. Performance assessment is a great way to find out how students can use or apply content knowledge or how they implement skills. It only

Building Expertise 2014

Highlights of Building Expertise 2014

By Scott Sterling It’s hard to believe we’re coming up on another edition of Building Expertise. The signature Marzano conference gets bigger every year, attracting more and more of the brightest minds in education and the most dedicated teachers. This year’s conference, Journey to Rigor, will be held at Disney’s

Building Expertise

Sessions to Look Forward to at Building Expertise 2015

By Scott Sterling It’s hard to believe that Building Expertise is right around the corner again! The signature Marzano conference gets bigger every year, attracting more and more of the brightest minds in education and the most dedicated teachers. This year’s edition, Journey to Rigor, will be held at Disney’s