Wednesday, January 20, 2021


STEM education—the focus on science, technology, engineering, and math—is rapidly becoming a national priority. Having helped start several successful STEM schools, I like the...

Practice Makes Perfect

Earlier this week I was engaged in a spirited discussion with a colleague on the topic of science education.  As with any discussion where...

Conducting Post Observation Conferences? Learn From My Mistakes

I welcomed Laura into my office and offered her a seat at the small conference table across from my desk. I sat down next...

Seven Strategies for Differentiating Instruction for English Learners

Here are seven key strategies that my co-author Debbie Zacarian and I believe should be used by classroom and subject area teachers to differentiate...

Eight Types of Instructional Strategies That Improve Learning in a 21st Century World

In today’s world, with its rich and overwhelming amount of accessible information, bewildering career options, uncertainty, and change, five skill areas stand out as...

Seven Myths About Rigor

Unfortunately, over the years the term rigorous has accumulated a lot of baggage. The following are seven myths about Rigor. Myth One:  If you have...

Eight Questions Educators Should Ask About Curriculum

Eight Questions Educators Should Ask About Curriculum provides educators with a starting point.  Curriculum development without reflection and renewal is not in the best...

Five Reasons Why Schools Need Curriculum Leaders

What comes to mind when you hear the term curriculum leader?  Do you have a vision of the central office staff standing at the...

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