Posts by: BrianSweeney

#AgeOfLiteracy: Three Rules for Literacy Leadership

#AgeOfLiteracy
“Change isn’t a sprint. Literacy leaders need to take a marathon approach to leading their educators through change.” -Heather Rocco Share this: ... Read more
#AgeOfLiteracy: Read Aloud. Change the World.

#AgeOfLiteracy: Read Aloud. Change the World.

#AgeOfLiteracy, Book Ambassador
“Books connect us. There may be some days that stand out more than others, but…. any day of the year, we can all do our part to read aloud and ... Read more
#AgeOfLiteracy: Can’t Read vs. Won’t Read: Reading Engagement and African American Males

#AgeOfLiteracy: Can’t Read vs. Won’t Read: Reading Engagement and African American Males

Makers and Spaces
“It is time to flip the script on the idea that African American males do not seek rich literary lives. Although often portrayed as an academically disengaged group, literacy has ... Read more
Gathering Guests: Poetry Love

Gathering Guests: Poetry Love

Gathering Guest Posts
April brings many things: jokes, showers, taxes. But the most beautiful gifts of April come on poem feet. April is National Poetry Month, with Poem in Your Pocket ... Read more
Let Them Read!: Independent Reading at the Secondary Level

Let Them Read!: Independent Reading at the Secondary Level

Gathering Guest Posts
By Heather Rocco, Educator Collaborative Consultant and K – 12 ELA Supervisor for School District of the Chathams, Jen Agens, Chatham Middle School English Teacher, Cindy Gagliardi, Chatham High School English Teacher, Kristin ... Read more
Asking Questions: Inquiry Learning and Analytical Writing

Asking Questions: Inquiry Learning and Analytical Writing

Gathering Guest Posts
So: about four years ago, we set out to write a writing handbook together. We knew that there would be challenges, but since we came from the same place in ... Read more
Coaching Small for a Big Impact

Coaching Small for a Big Impact

Gathering Guest Posts
Moving out of the classroom is challenging in both expected and unexpected ways. Our coaching lives are filled with small moments or baby steps that accumulate into bigger changes and ... Read more
Gathering Guest Post: Amplify Learning with Images & Word

Gathering Guest Post: Amplify Learning with Images & Word

Gathering Guest Posts
If you’ve ever logged into a social media site you’ve likely seen an image like this one. Perhaps it had a funny quip or thoughtful quote. These images capture our ... Read more
Gathering Guest Post: Unearthing Discovery, Surprise, and Play in Student Writing

Gathering Guest Post: Unearthing Discovery, Surprise, and Play in Student Writing

Gathering Guest Posts
Every year, on the first day of school, we end class by handing a Post-It note to each student and inviting them to pose an anonymous question — about our ... Read more
Goals and Goal-Shielding: On Success and Failure

Goals and Goal-Shielding: On Success and Failure

Your Next Lesson
“So, what’s a reading teacher to do? I think the best course is to focus on one thing at a time.” – Jen Serravallo ... Read more
From the Book Ambassador: An Invitation to Notice and Inspire

From the Book Ambassador: An Invitation to Notice and Inspire

Book Ambassador
What’s the first job you ever remember having? Think back… When you were in elementary school, what jobs did you get? Message carrier? Trash collector? Line leader? If you were ... Read more
Deepening Inquiry With Young Learners

Deepening Inquiry With Young Learners

Your Next Lesson
Through deeper inquiry and facilitating connections to possible contributions and community engagement, our youngest learners flourish! – Dr. Lindsey Moses Share this: ... Read more
Nurturing a Culture of Celebration

Nurturing a Culture of Celebration

Your Next Lesson
Noticing, naming and celebrating all the writing techniques our students are using… creates a culture of celebration. – Lisa Eikholdt Share this: ... Read more
Your Next Lesson: The “Right Book” is The Book They’ll Read

Your Next Lesson: The “Right Book” is The Book They’ll Read

Your Next Lesson
What if we allowed students to bring books to our English class that they love (or at least want to read)? – Heather Rocco ... Read more