Category: Literacy

Planning Professional Learning for Disciplinary Literacy

Originally posted on the MRA’s Literacy Coaching blog We’ll continue the disciplinary literacy theme of recent blog posts by talking a bit about our own work designing professional learning experiences for teachers related to disciplinary literacy. Since literacy coaches are often called upon to plan and/or lead this type of work—a

Your Curriculum May Not Be Aligned, and You Might not Know It

By Carla Moore, coauthor of Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms. This article was originally published in SEEN Magazine. If you work in the district curriculum office, this statement may be what keeps you up at night: Districts and schools have worked diligently to implement the College and Career Standards. From my own journey,

Top 10: Most Popular Articles of 2018

The New Year is around the corner and while we’re all getting ready to set our New Year’s goals and start 2019 feeling fresh and motivated, we want to pause to highlight the 10 most popular and shared blog posts of the year. These posts come from a variety of

Exploring Literacy Leadership Goals for the Coming School Year: A Summer Conversation for Coaches and Principals

By Jacy Ippolito and Rita Bean, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets. As we enter into the dog days of summer, principals and instructional coaches may want to carve out a bit of time to talk about the upcoming school year. Oftentimes, effective principal-coach pairs meet toward

Teaching Writing: It’s as Easy as ABC!

By Nancy Roberts, co-author with Mary Shea of Using FIVES for Writing  A= Announce your topic, state your claim or intent B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example C=

Coaches and Principals Need Time to Reflect: 4 Reflection Questions for Summer

By Rita Bean and Jacy Ippolito, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets The students are leaving the building; books are being put away; and you are getting ready to enjoy the summer season. Wait! Before you head on vacation, to your local university to take a few

The Three Weights on Hispanic and Latino Students: Balancing School, Family, and Community

By Jaime Castellano, author of Educating Hispanic and Latino Students Today in 2018, one in four American children are of Hispanic or Latino origin. With Hispanic/Latino students making up such a large percentage of our schools, we would expect to see them spread proportionally across the spectrum of student success; but

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Building Rigor and Engagement Into Academic Vocabulary

Six tips to get students excited about acquiring new words. By Kristin DeJong Remember the days when a teacher would hand us a spelling book and tell us to complete exercises in it? We would memorize each word and then take a dictation quiz at the end of the unit.