When you’re a children’s literature fanatic, like I am, you surround yourself with fellow book lovers. Recently, I had the opportunity to collaborate with one of my book...Read more
More research, more tools and resources and stronger leadership are coalescing to create a growing movement around "family and community engagement" in U.S. schools.
How important is independent reading to a child's overall success? How often do teachers dedicate time to independent reading in the classroom?
Earlier this week,...Read more
I talk with many teachers who would like to include project-based learning in their classrooms, but just don’t know how they can fit it in with everything else they are...Read more
How would teachers prioritize education funding? What aspects of their jobs give them the most satisfaction? What qualities do they believe great teachers have? Do...Read more
At Simpson Middle School in Marietta, Georgia, we are committed to differentiated instruction for all of our students. We’ve found that it’s the most effective way to...Read more
If I try to read at night, I fall asleep and wake up at about 2:00 AM with my glasses askew and the book or journal on the floor. I read on the plane -- which is the best...Read more
“Sitting on your shoulders," physicist Michio Kaku once observed, "is the most complicated object in the known universe.”
I met Greg Toppo for the first time in 2007. It was the year Scholastic released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh installment in J.K. Rowling's...Read more
With very little time to prepare for my first school year as principal, I quickly realized we had to do some things differently to move Poughkeepsie High...Read more
At Kathleen H. Wilber Elementary School we hold near and dear our school motto: “Inspiring Excellence: Culture Drives Achievement.”
"I Do, We Do, You Do."
I’ll never forget the joy, pride and stress I felt after I was appointed Superintendent of Schools in Asbury Park, N.J. last year. After taking in the congratulatory...Read more
In 2001, California began a pilot version of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). I was Director of Special Education at Napa Valley Unified School District at...Read more
How often have you heard students complain in math class, “When am I ever going to use this?” The honest answer, in most cases beyond arithmetic, is “probably never.” I...Read more