Preview of Tri-State Teacher Convening Talk this Saturday!

The Tri-State Teacher Convening (Program; Eventbrite) , a free, massive, teacher-led professional development gathering organized by teachers, for teachers will be held this Friday evening (10/16) and during the day Saturday (10/17). The convening brings together many teacher-led professional networks and educators from the area to connect and share ideas. On Saturday, I will be doing a talk…

Being Mindful of How we Begin our School Year

As the new school year approaches, educators from kindergarten through higher education (myself included) are in a transitional period that can be cause for both great excitement and a sense of dread.  These last few weeks before school are a time to re-think how we have done things in the past and create new plans and possibilities for our classrooms.…

Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles

In this post, we share five How-To Guides for facilitating literature circles that help learners uncover the power of stories. The guides range from grades Pre-K-6th grade. About Literature Circles: Literature circles (sometimes called book groups or literature groups) are book discussion groups organized around a book, theme, genre, or author. Students must learn to be…

Transformative Teacher #10: Sydney Coffin

If the principles of social network theory worked perfectly in real life, I would have met Sydney Coffin at least 20 years ago. Overlapping school friendship circles, participation in the same teacher networks, and shared professional interests in literacy and social justice link us in many ways. As it was, we met a few months…