Managing Change in School

I am excited to share this guest post by Seonaid Davis, who is the Vice Principal, Teaching and Learning at Havergal College a K-12 Anglican girl’s school in Toronto (http:www.havergal.on.ca).  She has taught math and science at all grade levels … Continued

When Form Matching Function: Redesigning Our Learning Spaces

During the introduction for the Shark Tank pitch that was about to happen as part of our Summer Creative Problem Solving Academy, an incoming 6th grader (whose team was pitching a full redesign for an ELA classroom), began with the … Continued

Learning with Your Mind on Fire

Over the past few years at Garnet Valley, we have really made professional learning a priority (see Designing Teacher Centered Prof Learning 1 & 2). This past few months have really ramped up for our Elementary and Middle School English … Continued

The Creative Problem Solving Academy: Summer Remediation Done Differently

The Power of AND. Here at Garnet Valley we have bought into the power of AND.  With the deluge of data, testing, scores, growth measures, etc…it is easy to get caught teaching to the test. While we have heard time and … Continued

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

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