What does “trust the process” really mean in teaching?

  This week, my pre-service teachers celebrated the end of their “writing workshop” fieldwork experience with an authors celebration of their fifth graders’ writing. The middle school halls were lined with tables full of poetry, short stories, and magazines. Kids strolled around reading each others’ work and writing endearing messages on comment sheets that the…

Transformative Teacher Profile #8: Kathleen Melville

What distinguishes a professional from a technical worker?  The professional works to cultivate and develop knowledge that will enrich his or her professional community and is trusted to make decisions, often made in collaboration with colleagues, about their work. The technical worker follows protocol, and is not asked to make consequential decisions. What distinguishes a…

Thrive: 5 ways to (Re)Invigorate Teaching

How To Go From Burnt-Out to Fired-Up: A Book Review of “Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re) Invigorate Your Teaching” by Meenoo Rami

This past February, I attended EduCon Philly, an Ed-camp-like “education innovation” conference hosted by Science Leadership Academy (SLA – a public school in Philadelphia) and co-organized by Meenoo Rami, the Author of Thrive: 5 Ways to Re(Invigorate) Your Teaching and English teacher at SLA. I offered up a session around teacher education and 21st century…

Upcoming Appearances and Activities at the #AERA2014 Conference

In a few weeks, the largest conference of education researchers (the American Education Research Association – AERA – about 20,000-30,000 members) will be coming to my hometown of Philadelphia, PA for four days of sharing research, networking, and learning about what is new and interesting in the field of education. I’ll be participating in several…

URBAN – Philly Launches at #AERA2014 – Connecting Research, Community Orgs & Educators

ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF URBAN PHILLY at the AERA CONFERENCE Come to these great feature events to learn more or visit our website at http://urbanresearchnetwork.org/local-nodes/philadelphia-node/ Together in Struggle: Supporting Youth and Community Organizing Through Engaged Scholarship” Friday, April 4, 4:00-6:00 South Philadelphia HS, 2102 S. Broad St. featuring presenters from PSU, YUC, TAG, Juntos, MMP, and PCAPs “Imagine…