I have been regularly attending the New York State’s Network Team Institute’s on the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). What I have been regularly witnessing are teachers and Content Area Coaches grumbling about the “death of literacy” because of the increased emphasis on “informational texts.” This always
When I was teaching, I spent a good deal of time trying to squeeze all of my lesson plan ideas into those little boxes of the lesson plan book. We had to turn in our plans each week, and the principal would look at the plans and make comments (or
Research tells us that high school teens do better in school when they have positive relationships with the staff in their schools (Whannell & Allen, 2011). New Dawn created an Advisory program as part of the instructional composition of the school in order to help teens make connections with the
As with every school year, we can see a full adoption of the “new book bag syndrome” embrace us all. New outfits, shiny desk space, bright smiles (and I’m talking about the staff)! But then, like every school year, that sense of “new” and hope for success begins to fade.
We have concluded almost five weeks of professional development which included a year-long staff development plan that builds on the foundation of adult learning from the summer. As mentioned in my earlier blogs, we took a very systematic approach to building our plan for staff: begin with the analysis of