On Leadership – April

Bad Doesn't Have to Be Permanent* No matter how experienced we are, there are times we blow it.  But, that bad time doesn’t have to poison relationships with those with whom we work and for whom we have the responsibility to lead.  These excerpts from Bill Rosenthal on October 30th, 2013…

Leadership Workshop – Boston

Leadership can be a challenging With the demands on teacher leaders, planning meetings that are informative, inspiring, and engaging creates just one more challenge. With a little help from experienced leaders, current and future department chairs and literacy leaders can learn ways to make these mandatory gatherings a welcome opportunity…

Fall MCTE and NCTE Presentations

Professional Development comes in two forms: **** Presenting workshop sessions during which one shares ones own experiences **** Attending conferences and conventions to meet, greet, hear and learn from others This fall, I'll be able to do both.  First, I'll giving a workshop at the Michigan Council of Teachers of…

Novice and Veterans – Are You Ready?

 Novice and Veteran Teachers The opening days of school can be overwhelming, even for a veteran English Department Chair, mentor, or student-teacher supervisor. Inevitably, you’ll have new administration goals for the year that must be implemented and clarified for returning teachers. There are the inherent problems of adjusting classroom assignments,…

Resources from Other Educators

 Help with Common Core  Scroll down.  Adapt, Adopt and Enjoy!     From Nancy Patterson, associate professor, College of Education, Grand Valley State University, and coeditor of the Language Arts Journal of Michigan: "Don't miss these lesson plans from ReadWriteThink: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack and  A Picture's…