Posts by: BrianSweeney

Strengthen Staff Relationships with Book Clubs

Strengthen Staff Relationships with Book Clubs

Blog
“This year our teachers started participating in voluntary book clubs. We were fortunate to have a visit from Donalyn Miller scheduled, and we wanted to be ready for her visit. ... Read more
CBMs with a Twist: Reading is About More Than the Speed

CBMs with a Twist: Reading is About More Than the Speed

Blog
“Today in almost every elementary school in every state in America, teachers are required (or at least highly encouraged) to use curriculum based measures (CBMs) a minimum of three times ... Read more
NCTE: The Literacy Super Bowl

NCTE: The Literacy Super Bowl

Book Ambassador
“The NFL’s Super Bowl is a celebration like no other. But for educators, it pales in comparison to the National Council Teachers of English annual event. I like to ... Read more
A Species of Moonshots

A Species of Moonshots

Blog
History is full of moonshots. A title reserved for the innovations that changed mankind. The world-altering actions that ensured life would never be the same- the printing press, anesthesia, the ... Read more
Why WE Write: A Department That Writes Together #WhyIWrite

Why WE Write: A Department That Writes Together #WhyIWrite

Why I Write
“My hope is to build a true writing community where teachers share their writing, brainstorm ideas, and seek feedback from one another.” – Heather Rocco ... Read more
I Write Because I Have To #WhyIWrite

I Write Because I Have To #WhyIWrite

Why I Write
For many years I was not a writer. I wrote, sure, don’t we all even when we say we don’t? But nothing of substance, nothing that mattered. ... Read more
“Heartprint Books” and Our Next #TheEdCollab chat

“Heartprint Books” and Our Next #TheEdCollab chat

Book Ambassador
Today, more than ever we need to focus on educating hearts, minds and hands. It is our responsibility to create caring and collaborative communities with cultures of empathy. I ... Read more
Gathering Guest Post: Triangulating Assessment with a Student’s Perspective

Gathering Guest Post: Triangulating Assessment with a Student’s Perspective

Gathering Guest Posts
Our students should never be defined as a number. In order to ensure this, we triangulate our data. We use multiple sources of data to dig deeper and ... Read more
Gathering Guest Post: Get Schooled: Sketchnoting, Doodling, and the Power of Visual Note Taking

Gathering Guest Post: Get Schooled: Sketchnoting, Doodling, and the Power of Visual Note Taking

Makers and Spaces
We’ve all experienced those cringe-worthy moments in our teaching lives that we would prefer to forget, but that we seem to fixate on during those moments when we should be ... Read more
Gathering Guest Post: Disciplinary Literacy: Inquiring Minds Want to Know…More!

Gathering Guest Post: Disciplinary Literacy: Inquiring Minds Want to Know…More!

Gathering Guest Posts
“Sometimes it takes only one word, sometimes a sentence, sometimes only a picture, and the hands pop up and the questions pour out.” – Rebecca Marsick, Lauren Francese, Barbara Robbins, ... Read more
#AgeOfLiteracy: Somewhere in My Education

#AgeOfLiteracy: Somewhere in My Education

#AgeOfLiteracy
“So I hope today, that you will look in the mirror and tell yourself that your words should be heard. That your words deserve a larger audience than just ... Read more
#AgeofLiteracy: Do Less In Order to Do more

#AgeofLiteracy: Do Less In Order to Do more

#AgeOfLiteracy
To be a leader in literacy—whether that be leading a classroom or leading a school—often takes the courage to say, “wait just a minute.” — Christopher Lehman ... Read more
#AgeOfLiteracy: Social Justice Literacy Leadership that Values Equity and Sustainability

#AgeOfLiteracy: Social Justice Literacy Leadership that Values Equity and Sustainability

#AgeOfLiteracy
“A focus on equity in social justice literacy leadership ensures inclusion and student achievement because it prioritizes fairness, which is about making sure that all students get access to the ... Read more
#AgeOfLiteracy: Want Better Writers? Make More Time for Independent Reading

#AgeOfLiteracy: Want Better Writers? Make More Time for Independent Reading

#AgeOfLiteracy
“Independent reading time, where students get to explore and uncover books, rejecting some books and accepting others, is much needed not just for developing a love of reading, but also ... Read more