Perspectives

In honor of National Principals Month, we bring you the thoughtful words of Dr. Joseph Murphy, Professor of Education and the Frank W. Mayborn chair and associate dean for special projects at Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.  Dr.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Common Core Standards, Equity Issues
  • October is Connected Educator Month (CEM)—an event originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies 
  • In the midst of Connected Educator Month, an NCLE type of message is one that points to the impact of being connected both online and offline, and this article provides a great illustration of collaboration's impact on professionalism and the education profession. 

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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • "How important is teaching literacy in all content areas?" asks Rebecca Alber, Edutopia Consulting Online Editor, in a recent blog. Rebutting the idea that literacy instruction is "solely the charge of language arts teachers," she sums it up this way:

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  • Capacity Building: Inquiry Stance
  • As teachers, we usually go into the first weeks of school assuming full responsibility for building the learning space. But what happens if we put some of that responsibility in our students’ hands instead? Our new students come to us full of ideas, stories, expertise, and curiosity. These are the essential materials for a strong classroom community. Here are a few ideas for how to put those raw materials to use:

    Connected Educator Month

    When October hits, you’ll be well into the routines of school and perhaps ready for some fresh inspiration. That’s why for the past two years educators from around the world have celebrated Connected Educators Month -- and you can too!

    Most Recent: October 3, 2014
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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
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  • The following blog was first posted within the NCLE Center for Literacy Education group, Downers Grove HS District 99 Literacy Coaches It tells the story of a collaborative journey between a science teacher and a literacy coach.

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
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  • Become the Storyteller-in-Chief

    The new school year has begun for many educators across the country with others soon to follow after Labor Day.  With the new year comes a renewed focus on a variety of initiatives that are aimed at enhancing learning and improving student achievement. Administrators and teachers alike will work to establish a shared vision and subsequent plan of action for meaningful change that will hopefully lead to cultural transformation.

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  • Capacity Building: Deprivatizing Practice
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  • The Best New Year Yet...

    Did you notice the back-to-school sales in the stores actually begin in early August?  Yes, it's amazing how big these sales are...I heard on the radio that it's actually the third largest retail season of the year.  Part of it is that stores want to get shoppers back into the stores to start buying for the holidays after a long summer of buying lots of food for parties.  However, the other part is that parents have to keep up with their kids who have grown so much because of the sunshine and the time for play over the summer!  Just last week, I overheard a young

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    We can all agree that there are often not enough positive stories about education in the media.

    Most Recent: September 2, 2014

    The italic notes are Lara's introduction to and reflections on this Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) blog by Barnett Berry (August 11, 2014), reposted here with permission.

    "Teaching is simultaneously one of the hardest and one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. We often say that students make it worth it, but there’s something else that can make or break your happiness as a teacher: your colleagues."

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  • New Beginnings on My Mind

    Has anyone else noticed how their social media feeds are beginning to fill with new pins, likes, and shares of tips and tricks for starting the new school year, decorating the classroom, building community, and engaging students? Of course, these trickle in throughout the year, but in this month leading up to the new academic year, the proportion of these posts increases exponentially. That’s what I love about social media—following like-minded educators who fill my inbox with great ideas to try out in the classroom.

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  • This blog is reprinted with permission from the Exchange group Downers Grove HS District 99 Literacy Coaches.  Visit their group page to follow their learning. 

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  • I was, frankly, dreading the month of July because of the professional trips that were taking me away from very long to-do lists and away from family during the time of year when we should be heading to the pool or riding bikes in the park. But today, I’m giving thanks for these opportunities to hang out with really cool educators from across the country—to learn alongside them, and to grow as a result of their candor and thoughtful reflection.

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  • Literacy Coaches: On Three

    This blog is reprinted with permission from the Exchange group Downers Grove HS District 99 Literacy Coaches.  Visit their group page to follow their learning. 

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  • Capacity Building: Collaborative Culture
  • Brave New World

    The following article was published in the July 2014 edition of ISTE's entrsekt.
     

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Common Core Standards
  • Remembering Walter Dean Myers

    Walter Dean MyersChildren’s book author Walter Dean Myers 

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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Literature
  • Innovation 101

    Defining innovation is no small task. For the past few years we as educators have been tossing this word around and observing how it sticks. As a middle school principal with a staff close to 100, I am doing the same. I, along with my teachers, am watching, listening, and learning what it is to be innovative in this era of education.

    Most Recent: July 7, 2014
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  • Selected Literacy Topics: Digital Literacies