Bonnie Campbell Hill has touched the lives of teachers and students the world over, and we were sad to hear of her loss against liver cancer at just 56 years old. In Bonnie’s style, she created the Bonnie’s Big Idea Campaign in her final months, working with teachers to raise $500,000 for libraries and scholarships … Read more
Watch this compelling look at education today. It is super interesting. http://training.tonyrobbins.com/1261/very-cool-old-school-animation-gets-honest-about-our-educational-system/ For more about our work and student-centered coaching, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com or www.dianesweeney.com.
The other day I was in the front car on a train between concourses at the Denver International Airport (DIA). I noticed some toddlers who claimed the seat right at the front of the train. As we zipped through the tunnel, they were transfixed by an art installation of metal fans that spin as the … Read more
The September issue of The Elementary School Journal included a 4-year longitudinal study of the effects of literacy coaching across a robust sample of 8,576 students in 17 schools located in eight states across the eastern United States. The study titled, Assessing the Value-Added Effects of Literacy Collaborative Professional Development on Student Learning (Gina Biancarosa, … Read more
I am the baby in my family. My sister is six years older and my brother is stuck right between us two girls. When I was ten, my sister got her driver’s license and a cast-off baby blue Dodge Dart. And with two working parents it was her job to cart us back and forth … Read more
If you are in one of the thirty states affected by the recent storm, you may be digging out and playing catch up. My plan for the week was to coach teachers in literacy in a district north of Chicago–needless to say, I didn’t make it. With three unexpected days at my desk, I was … Read more
My favorite session at the Learning Forward Annual Conference (formerly NSDC) was a keynote by Michele Norris from NPR’s All Things Considered. We’ve all sat in enormous ballrooms with PowerPoint presentations flashing on huge screens towards the front of the room—educational wonks sharing their latest research findings. Norris was different. She quietly walked to the … Read more
Having worked in the professional development arena for over a decade, I am glad that teacher effectiveness is finally being recognized as one of the most important factors for raising student achievement. But as I hear more of the national conversation, I’m noticing very little discussion about how to actually support teachers to become more … Read more