3 Ways to Make the Writing Process More Authentic

In an article, “Why Kids Can’t Write” published in the New York Times, a study of almost 500 teachers of 3rd- 8th grade by Gary Troia of Michigan State University and Steve Graham of Arizona State University, uncovered the lack of preparation of teachers to teach writing and as a result, only 55 percent of […]

My Top 7 Posts of 2017 #LCInnovation

As the year comes to an end and I reflect on 2017,  I am so grateful to have been welcomed into many classrooms, schools, and districts. I have learned so much as I have worked with diverse educators around the country as I have seen the struggles, celebrated the successes, and marveled at the innovative approaches that are […]

If you want to see change, stop telling and involve others in the process

All soccer season, I sat on the sidelines cheering on my kids and I would find myself telling (ok, maybe yelling) “kick the ball!” or  “go to the ball!”  From the sidelines, it seemed so obvious and simple, yet they weren’t doing it. It seemed like they were tired or didn’t care… Towards the end […]

Professional Learning That Inspires Change

I shared this article recently, 5 Reasons Professional Development is NOT Transforming Learning.  Not surprisingly, it resonated with many people. So, if your professional development isn’t working. Try this… Cultivate a Shared Vision Creating a graduate profile with clear outcomes that the community values is a great way to anchor conversations about teaching and learning […]

To Inspire Change, Make Learning Public

I sat with a group of teachers recently who were frustrated and couldn’t see how the projects and examples that we were looking at would work in their classrooms. No matter how much we talked about possibilities and brainstormed ideas, they weren’t resonating.  Seeing examples of other teachers‘ projects and all the “perfect” products that […]

Put Away the Red Pen

I remember grading my students’ essays and making comments, asking questions, probing for more and then assigning the grade. I spent an inordinate amount of time as an English teacher providing feedback and grading essays. Then, I would hand them back, my students looked at the grade, very few paid any attention to the comments […]

3 Myths About Personalized Professional Learning

In response to why professional learning isn’t working, I hear this a lot, “Everyone is in different places.” Yup. They always have been and they always will be. Thankfully, there is an increased recognition of this truth in education along with an effort to create more purpose and autonomy in schools through personalized learning.  This […]

Being Valued vs Feeling Valued #IMMOOC

How can such passionate and hard-working people fail to make the impact they desire? How often are our intentions and desires misunderstood by those we serve? How is it that such well-intentioned people still miss the mark? In the IMMOOC live episode with Dwight Carter, a thoughtful and visionary leader, he shared how received some challenging […]

Why Are We Still Assigning Homework? #IMMOOC

I went to a workshop recently and we got assigned “pre-work”, which is just another way to say homework for adults. Right before the workshop started you would have thought that we were a bunch of high school students if you just heard the conversations. Did you do the pre-work? What?! We had to do pre-work? […]

First Drafts Always Suck #IMMOOC

First drafts always suck.- Ed Catmull I have been reading Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and this line has been stuck in my head.  It has resonated with me because I think this is exactly opposite of how we often expect learners to perform and to be perfect too often in school.  Also, we don’t […]