Building a Foundation for Short and Long Term Future Ready Success

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”― Yogi Berra Over the past 3+ years at Garnet Valley, our Superintendent Dr. Marc Bertrando signing the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready District Pledge put in … Continued

Looking to Write-The Power & Timelessness of a Text

The Why- Revisiting a Text In preparation for a grad class focused on using technology to support writing & literacy across the content areas I am facilitating, I recently reread Mary Ehrenworth’s Looking to Write: Children Writing Through the Visual … Continued

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

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