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Identifying Your Students' Strengths and Needs

Knowing our students helps us to choose the most useful resources for them and to make every moment of our precious instructional time count.  (continue reading)

A Vision for Book Clubs

Our vision for book clubs continues to be a work in progress. It is informed by our own experiences and our ongoing dialogue with fellow educators.  (continue reading)

Engaging With Compelling Ideas

If children are to develop as a learning community, they must believe that their efforts to engage with each other and with ideas matter.  (continue reading)

PLC Series: Examining Systems and Practices to Change Outcomes

If we accept that discomfort is inevitable but silence is not a strategy, what practices or systems in your school can you examine in order to confront and change outcomes for students of color?  (continue reading)

Identifying When Change Needs to Happen

Sometimes the things that we have to do become tradition, and as tradition ages sometimes those practices do not serve all children. Sometimes we have to change an established way of doing things in order to better serve our kids.  (continue reading)

A Guide to Identifying the Best Resources for Your Classroom

How do we find helpful new resources without squandering funding or instructional time?  (continue reading)

Building a Framework for Deeper Understanding

Lester and Katie offer a framework that can both deepen and broaden students’ understandings, insights, and empathy for the greater human family.  (continue reading)

Four Ways to Engage with Eachother

To learn together, children need to figure out how to live in the confined space of a classroom, developing processes that enable them to navigate their environment, and each other, with care, respect and trust.  (continue reading)

PLC Series: Embrace Discomfort, Align Practices

Let’s begin thinking about aligning beliefs and practices not within the classroom, but in your personal life. Can you name something you routinely do because you believe it has a positive impact on long-term quality of life?  (continue reading)

The Importance of Purposeful Talk

Talk has a purpose—and that purpose is to tackle the unknown—to strategize, to innovate, to problem-solve, to construct understanding. This use of talk “in the wild” frames the “why” behind purposeful talk in the classroom—our rationale for designing teaching and learning that’s dialogic in nature.  (continue reading)

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