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
Anyone heading to the NSDC/Learning Forward Annual Convention in Atlanta next week? If so, I’ll be there and would love to connect. Also, stay tuned for a post after all of the great learning I’ll be doing.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.
A friend and literacy coach in the Chicago area has just launched a terrific website to share books and how they can be used in the classroom. Teachers often ask me if I have a list of great books and now I am happy to say I do. I will tell them to check out … Read more
As states and districts attempt to more closely monitor student progress, some are warning that we are losing sight of the real purpose and definition of formative assessment. Read the Ed Week article: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/11/10/12assess.h30.html?tkn=TNTFgrGAAaTla7uAp2cnfPpuQpnZqTq%2BoFyD&cmp=clp-edweek. © Diane Sweeney, all rights reserved. For more about our work and student-centered coaching, please don’t hesitate to get in touch … Read more
I’ve been thinking recently about the role of the teacher leader. With recent cutbacks in educational funding, some districts are seeking out leadership among the teachers in their schools and districts. As a proponent of creating school cultures that tap into the knowledge, skills, and passion of our educators, I think, “Hooray.” But at the … Read more
Reposted from Education Week by guest blogger Sean Cavanagh Here’s the final, confirmed list of winners. The department has also released the dollar amount each state is slated to receive, and their point score: •District of Columbia: $75 million. Score: 450.0•Florida: $700 million. Score: 452.4•Georgia: $400 million. Score: 446.4•Hawaii: $75 million. Score: 462.4•Maryland: $250 million. … Read more
My inbox is busy again—a sure indication that my colleagues are finding their way back to their desks from the beach or pool as summer winds to a close. As our tans fade and we get back to the serious business of teaching and learning, I’d like to welcome you. Lately, I’ve been thinking a … Read more
The following article by Teacher Magazine details how the National Commission on Teacher and America’s Future is strongly encouraging schools to establish learning teams. As many of you know, learning teams have been in existence for some time (Critical Friend’s Groups, Professional Learning Communities, etc) and it is no surprise that they are a great … Read more