Category: Professional Development

How Should Principals Spend Their Time?

By Amy Dujon, author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation (response originally published by Education Week.) A principal’s duties and responsibilities continue to compound. Over the past five years, new school leader standards and high-stakes accountability have expanded the work scope dramatically. Often, school leaders prioritize each day based on what

Tip for Teachers: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

What Would YOU Put Into an Assessment Smoothie?

By Susan Brookhart Some conferences review and present information for audiences that aren’t familiar with it. For example, I might go to a conference to learn more about an assessment technique that already exists. But the BEST conferences create new information. The synergy of the event takes speakers’ and participants’

Greensboro Elementary School: Finding Joy in the Journey

By Kara Bentley Images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. In Greensboro, Maryland, near the eastern shore, Greensboro Elementary School shines brightly as students, instructional staff, and administrative leadership work diligently to transfer the ownership of learning to students—a feat that’s difficult

Coaching Teachers Through Implementing LSI Standards-Driven Units

By Amanda Funk Coming off our first round of working with LSI to create standards-driven units, I found myself reflecting on the entire process. We had been immersed for two days in standards, text complexity, close reading, vocabulary, text-dependent questions, etc. Then we spent three full days immersed in learning

Building a Student-Centered School

Resisting the Urge to “Rescue” Students from Deeper Learning By Amy M. Dujon (originally published on Smartbrief), author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation. This is an exciting era in education. We’re all starting to realize that the most effective way to prepare learners for the uncertain demands of the

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Student-Centered Learning Starts Here: Grand Island Public Schools

“Having those conversations with their peers was so empowering for them that it just became a natural part of what they were doing.” — Walnut Middle School teacher Elizabeth Boyle This year, three schools in Grand Island, Nebraska are igniting student learning through a Schools for Rigor partnership with Learning

#RiseGI: Igniting Student Ownership in Grand Island, Nebraska

By Theresa Staley The Jefferson Elementary School faculty, along with 255 K–5 students, are currently housed in a temporary location across the city, as a new site is under construction and will open in August 2020. Therefore, the teachers, coach, and school administrator, Mrs. Sheree Stockwell, have innovatively created a

Lockerman Middle School's Coaching Tree

Lockerman Middle School: The Vision, the Work, the Legacy

By Theresa Staley How a Maryland school has come together to alter its legacy and move the needle for students. Not far from the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay lies the picturesque countryside of Denton, Maryland, where the bellowing wails of Wildcat honor personify the solidarity and spirit of