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December 2015 PDF Print E-mail

What an interesting opening of the October 23, 2015 EdWeek online commentary “It’s time to Restructure Teacher Professional Development” … Despite being an $18 billion industry, with costs for services of up to $18,000 per year, per teacher, professional development doesn't appear to have much effect on teaching quality. How could PD have an effect on teaching quality if the PD is not tied to standards, research, teacher practices, and student needs? How effective can we expect the professional development if there is no time for teachers to learn together, practice together, give and get feedback, and reflect together? We want to “give” teachers best practices so they can parrot what they’ve learned but do we really give teachers an opportunity in their day to think about what they are learning and how to “make it their own”?

November 2015 PDF Print E-mail

In the September 28, 2015 online Education Week issue, author Anthony Rebora discusses collaborative teacher team meetings and the effectiveness of meeting together as a form of teacher professional development. He claims that although team meetings are an important part of the teacher professional environment, some evidence indicates that teachers are not satisfied with this time spent together. That, in fact, some teachers think team meetings are a waste of time.

October 2015 PDF Print E-mail

The beginning of any school year is full of anticipation, anxiety, and assumptions. The anticipation and anxiety are reduced as the year progresses. Plans are made and networking occurs so that teachers re-establish their relationships and begin collaborating again after a summer of relaxation and rejuvenation.  They think about their plans from the previous year identifying which ones need to be revised, which ones need to be strengthened, and which ones were positive so they can build on those successes.

September 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Welcome back to the school year 2015-2016. What a wonderful year this will be. First of all, you will be able to forge ahead and pick up where you left in June. How amazing to start the year with knowing more than you did the year before! Think of all the lessons you learned throughout the year, identifying which practices need to be strengthened and which practices need you to go back to the drawing board. Remember, reflection means revision. That’s a good thing and an effective habit to model.

June 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Establishing positive relationships is what makes a difference with instructional coaching. Actually, it’s what makes a difference in any relationship or partnership. In the world of instructional coaching, however, not every partnership is based on a shared vision or shared interests. These relationships are not “matched” or determined with an intentional design. In fact, these relationships occur simply because a coach and the teachers who are coached want (or are told) to work together and to make a positive impact on teaching and learning. And, they succeed because coaches are skilled professionals who understand adult learning, build trust, honor their colleagues, and give meaningful feedback to improve practice.