Designing Teacher Centered Professional Learning- Part 2

“Research shows that teachers-not books, not technology, not buildings, and not even class size-are the single most powerful driver of student performance.” AJ Juliani,  Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom. In a recent L.E.A.P. meeting during which we were discussing how … Continued

Designing Teacher Centered Professional Learning- Part 1

“Good professional learning matters. A lot.” Dr. Kristen Swanson, Founder of the Edcamp Movement and Chair of the Edcamp Foundation Board Since I just spent the last few days with a number of amazing educators at the Learning Forward #LearnFwd15 … Continued

Purposeful Noise in Education

“And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche.”- From Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales                Chaucer, in a simple phrase used to describe his Clerk, set the foundation for describing the qualities of an Outstanding Educator.  It can be … Continued

“By Design”: Common Core, Curriculum, & Culture Change

Anthony Gabriele is a co-founder of Education Is My Life. He is currently working as a K-12 Instructional Staff Developer, with a focus on curriculum development, content area literacy and technology integration. Anthony also works as a an adjunct professor/facilitator … Continued

Re-thinking Staff Development for the 21st Century

Along with teaching, staff development has been somewhat of a passion of mine. I have spent a short time as a staff developer in our district, and while I did make the move back to the classroom, continue to work, … Continued

The Evolution of a Curriculum

When I first began teaching, I walked into an 8th grade Language Arts position and innocently asked, “May I see the curriculum?”  The conversation went something like this…”Well, here are some novels we teach, a few short stories, & poems.  … Continued