Monthly Archives: January 2012

Peer Coaching

As schools move forward with building teacher capacity in preparation for the Common Core Standards, peer coaching is one professional development model that should be considered. Below is a quick synopsis of peer coaching taken from the ASCD website. What … Continue reading

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What is the Authentic Literacy Model?

When reading instruction for struggling readers focuses on remediation and simplification of text, it can create a vicious cycle of students disengaging from texts they find irrelevant and teachers answering with further simplification and remediation.  This paper presentation will highlight … Continue reading

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Disciplinary Literacy – Today’s Urgency

On December 8th and 9th I attended a training on Disciplinary Literacy.  The presenter of this training was Dr. Thommie Piercy, a professional development associate for The Leadership and Learning Center. In this post, I want to share the central ideas … Continue reading

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Writing instruction in the age of Common Core

In Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, the writers argue that there is a need to incorporate argumentative writing into the curriculum. Hillocks (2011) submitted that argument is at the heart of critical thinking and the process of … Continue reading

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