Category: Building Expertise

One Decision Can Change a District: An Indiana Principal’s Journey

By Dr. Jane Bartley As we plan our professional and personal enrichment for each new school year, we naturally think about the types of collaboration and partnerships that will help us grow. For me, that partnership has been with Learning Sciences International, and it all started with one decision: to

When a New Student Has Language Barriers: 7 Tips for Teachers

About five million children in the United States—that’s approximately one out of 10 students–are learning how to speak English. This is a huge demographic shift, not only in states like California, Texas, and Florida, but also in Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Vermont. Many of the students come from migrant backgrounds,

Writing with Voice

By Mary Shea, co-author of The FIVES Strategy for Reading Comprehension Writing is an expressive language process that allows us to record thoughts, feelings, knowledge, and inspirations. That expression can be for ourselves or for an audience. Transforming ideas into written words requires considerable effort, making the message clear and interesting

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