A Letter to ALL Teachers

Originally posted at http://www.teachingtall.com Today is the first day of school in my district. We have teachers supporting students over three different instructional models for the first time today. As an instructional coach, I support 34 special education teachers who work with students from preschool through middle school with disabilities ranging from a specific learning... Continue Reading →

Stay Classy Teachers

Let me get straight to my point: If you are an Arizona teacher engaging in a public space right now, I think you have a responsibility to behave professionally. And if you are an Arizona teacher right now watching other teachers interact in a public space, I think you have a responsibility to request that... Continue Reading →

Time To Act: November Is Coming

On Wednesday, May 3, 2018, the Arizona House of Representatives debated the K-12 education budget bill late into the night. Educators and supporters filled the lobby or gallery of the House of Representatives and watched for several hours as pro-public education amendments would be introduced and debated, but not passed. It had already been a... Continue Reading →

BE ENGAGED! The Politics of Education

If you haven't said it, you've heard it said.  "I don't get into politics"  I understand, REALLY. I've never been openly political in my entire life. That is until 2018. I generally keep my opinions to myself, research candidates and issues, vote regularly and expect that my representatives would vote based on the needs of... Continue Reading →

Team Leadership: Essential But Not Easy

If you are a special education teacher who works with paraprofessionals in your classroom, you might find it challenging to be the team leader. Even if you manage to set aside time for team meetings, it can be hard to cultivate collaboration, delegate tasks, create vision, and manage conflicts as they arise. Or perhaps you... Continue Reading →

What About the Side Effects?

I feel so good when I find someone expressing an idea that I can totally relate to. It’s like I’ve found a friend across Twitter and clicking that little heart is like shouting, “YES!” Yong Zhao of the University of Kansas earned a huge like from me for his July 16, 2018 blog post, “What... Continue Reading →

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