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Twitter Chats: #pencilchat, #educoach and beyond

I have been on Twitter for over two years. In the course of that time I have met some amazing educators from all corners of the world. I have gain new insights, looked at state of education from many perspectives, learned new strategies, increased my knowledge of technology integration, networked with educators and re-energized my […]
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Attention: Instructional Coaches

Instructional Coaching programs are usually initiated because a school/district/or outside agency has a DREAM or vision to add instructional coaching positions as a support system for the educators in the building. Coaching can be somewhat of an isolated position, especially if there are minimal coaches at a school. Collaboration among coaches is just as important […]
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Engaged, Involved and Accountable…

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin Holding students accountable for learning is a key characteristic of effective classrooms. This doesn’t have to mean exposing students to numerous worksheets, assignments, quizzes or tests to check for their understanding. There are many ways to hold students […]
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A Week in the Life of an Instructional Coach …

As president-elect of Iowa Staff Development Council I’m very proud of the mission of the entire Learning Forward organization. “Every educator engages in effective professional learning everyday so every student achieves.” As an instructional coach, I strive to carry out this mission each and everyday. The most fulfilling part of my job comes in the form […]