In my book, Everyday Instructional Coaching, I emphasize the important role instructional coaches play in facilitating effective collaboration. As educators, we continually demand collaboration for our students and consistently schedule team meetings and planning sessions. We have to ask ourselves, “What is the purpose of collaboration?” Is it to check a box for the principal, truly be productive, or meet pre-established goals? We have placed a high value on collaboration, but at what cost?
I was recently on a flight with the New Zealand Football Team as they were traveling to Washington, D.C. to play the United States. It was a regional jet, so basically it was all of them and then me. I’m sure the flight attendant assumed that I was their water boy. Read more
Post-conferences, summatives, etc. (insert your post-conference verbiage) aren’t easy for teachers. Here are 3 ways you can immediately change your post-conferences to not only make them more teacher-friendly, but also more effective and focused on professional growth.
(Note: This post is co-authored by Chris Weber and Nathan Lang, and guest authors Jason Anderson and Weston Kieschnick.)
Now, more than ever, serving all students means equipping them with the skills and attributes necessary to succeed in the world. The Economist Group (2014), for example, reports that the top-five skills that employers seek in potential candidates are (1) problem solving, (2) team-working, (3) communications, (4) critical thinking, and (5) creativity. These skills represent more than the lofty ambitions of the 4 Cs of the 21st century; they represent the reality of today’s societies and economies and must increasingly and immediately be heavily represented within classrooms and schools. Read more
We’ve been living, breathing, studying, practicing, and coaching on Response to Intervention for well over a decade.
We passionately believe that response to intervention (RTI) is the most systematic, effective, and proven (Hattie, 2012) set of beliefs and practices with which we can engage to ensure that all students grow. How do we know if RTI is effectively being implemented in our learning environments?
In no particular order, here are the Top Ten Most Telling Trademarks of RTI: