professional learning

Why I Left the Classroom

A difficult choice Leaving the classroom was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. Making the decision was one of the hardest I’ve ever made. Not only did I have to say goodbye to my colleagues, my administrators, and the mentors who had guided me throughout my career, but I had to leave […]

This Ain’t Your Mama’s PD!

Professional development has changed drastically, for the better, since I began my career. Long gone are the days of “sit and get, one size fits all” pd. Thank goodness! Professional development is more personalized with teachers taking control and leading it often. The tenets of high quality professional development include: Job embedded Ongoing Opportunities for […]

Accountability: 26 Days of Learning Leadership

Twenty years ago. Twenty years ago, I set foot in my first classroom. I remember it like it was yesterday. And just as much, I can vividly recall the high level of accountability I had. For myself. As a new teacher, I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. Every. Detail. Mattered. The […]

Summer Strategies for Teaching Success

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Once the school year starts, there’s hardly a moment to breathe. The pace of school life, particularly at the early-childhood and elementary levels, is marked by significant time-on-task with large numbers of children and tremendous responsibility for coaching, leading, and responding to students’, families’, and system-wide needs, expectations, questions, and requirements. Summer gives you the […]

The Power of the (Informal) Peer Observation

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A powerful professional development tool exists that may be underutilized in your school: Peer observations. That is, the practice of teachers observing teachers with the goal of improving their own teaching. When I started a new teaching position mid-year, peer observation played a crucial role in my integration because it gave me insight into the […]

Cheesecake Factory Professional Development

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The Problem Over the past few months, a few administrators I hold in high regard have talked/tweeted/blogged/bragged about the endless options their teachers have for professional development. In some instances, their entire district’s professional learning plan focuses entirely on teacher choice (in an effort to create something like a wide-scale Genius Hour). This is an […]

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