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Using Thinking Maps to Support High Quality Questions and Deepen Accountable Talk

sip By Kati Pearson (Director of Teaching and Learning) and Hana Insanally, Julie Staton, & Bianca Williams (School Improvement Program Specialists),Lake County Schools, Florida
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Posted in blog, Common Core, Educator Voices, General, K-5, Leadership, Map Examples, Spotlight School, Uncategorized

My Year Without Target (And Other New Year’s Resolutions)

white-male-1874779_640 Last summer I made a very tough decision to live life without Target. Yes, Target! The store with the Red Bullseye logo. I did this for a number of reasons (many of which are unimportant) but what is important, is
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Growing the Creative Executive Brain

motivatedbrain #5 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   How many times have you heard, or even said, “My students can’t do that!”  I remember when the graduation
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Posted in blog, General, Leadership, learning_subject, Technology, TMLC, Uncategorized

A New Definition of Rigor

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-16-04-am Educators across the country are discussing “Rigor” and how to incorporate it into their classroom instruction:   “Our lessons must be more rigorous.” “We must increase the rigor of our assessments.” “Does this book possess the necessary rigor for that
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Does Your Brain Want to Learn? 5 Strategies to Promote Active Processing

motivatedbrain #4 in a series from The Motivated Brain: Improving Student Attention, Engagement, and Perseverance by Gayle Gregory and Martha Kaufeldt   So far in this series we’ve talked about the importance of stimulating the SEEKING system of the brain through
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Posted in Educator Voices, General, Leadership, Uncategorized

Who is Responsible for Student Success? (and other questions that keep me up at night…)

African siblings doing homework “On most mornings, Nabil Romero’s mother would drive him and his brother to school at the Roybal Learning Center in Los Angeles. One morning when their mother wasn’t able to drive them, the two boys had to take two Los
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Posted in blog, Educator Voices, General, K-5, Leadership, TMLC

Thinking About Thinking: An Interview With Kisha N. Daniels

© 2016 WUNC Our very own Kisha N. Daniels was interviewed by Frank Stasio of The State of Things on WUNC of Chapel Hill, NC. Listen to the full radio broadcast to hear Kisha explain how we’re shortchanging critical thinking in the classroom
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A Lifesaver for Educators Drowning in Initiatives

kevin blog 1 As I travel to schools and districts throughout the country, one of the greatest challenges about which I hear educators complain is the overwhelming number of initiatives. When asked to elaborate, these educators indicate there is simply not enough time
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Finding Your Best Route to Thinking Maps

Route Many journeys begin with a map. This tool guides the direction we take to keep us focused on the course and, often times, the shortest or most desirable route to a destination. We refer to that map and current location,
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To Shift School Culture, You Need a Map

Cabinet - THORNTON, Hanan pic1 As the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Magnolia School District, I have learned that quality professional development is the first key step to any effective instructional initiative. But a true culture shift is a longer and more complex process
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Posted in blog, Educator Voices, ELL, General, K-5, Leadership, Uncategorized, Writing

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