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January 8, 2021
Exploring Synchronous, Asynchronous, and Semi-Synchronous Instruction

What is asynchronous, synchronous, and semi-synchronous learning?  I was honored to co-author an article with Daniel Bauer from Better Leaders Better Schools. In the article first we explore synchronous, asynchronous, and semi-synchronous online instruction. Next, I share how I blend my online instruction with a "semi-synchronous" approach and Organized Binder. Finally, together we consider each type of instruction from […]

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October 12, 2020
In Distance Learning, less is more, now more than ever!

In distance learning, less is more, now more than ever! Like all of you, my family kicked-off the school year in full distance-learning mode. To be perfectly honest, I am not sure how families are managing. We don't feel like we are managing. We just wrapped week 4 and it seems like we keep waiting […]

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September 15, 2020
Organized Binder School Leader Tracey Runeare on Equity in Schools

Harbor High School, in Santa Cruz, CA, is a veteran Organized Binder school. Tracey Runeare is hands down one of the school leaders I respect the most. I love collaborating with her, her admin team, and staff. She is laser focused on making equity a reality and I visit them whenever possible. Recently she was a […]

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September 14, 2020
A Fool Proof Plan to Help Your Child Succeed in Distance Learning

How do we help students succeed during distance learning? I am fortunate to be a community member in one of Daniel Bauer's masterminds. Most of Danny's masterminds serve school leaders, but our particular group is a collective of educators who are also doing business in the field of education. We call ourselves "edupreneurs." We meet […]

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August 28, 2020
School at Home: Parents, Do You Know Your Child is Learning?

On a recent phone call with Patrice Bain, the teacher and author of Powerful Teaching, she explained how the research that evolved into her first book took place in her classroom. Powerful Teaching, is one of the only education books based on research performed in an actual classroom. On our call, one thing Patrice said […]

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July 29, 2020
Great Reads: Other People's Children

This is another must read! I was fortunate to read this book for the first time in graduate school and have kept it in my rotation ever since. Possibly more than any other book, Other People's Children, from Lisa Delpit, encouraged me to design and implement strategies to make my classroom more predicable, and therefore safer, […]

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July 22, 2020
For School at Home Consider the Environment

What environment makes you feel most comfortable when you're learning? Was it a certain classroom, or a cafe? Perhaps a park? How does that physical space look? What are the sounds, if any? How does it smell? What kind of light fills the room? Ask yourself why it was that you enjoyed the process of […]

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July 16, 2020
The Glue for Distance-Learning and the Bridge Back to School

As our plans for fall begin to take shape there appears to be an emerging trend to keep schools closed in the fall in response to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Just this week the school districts in Los Angels, San Diego, and Stockton announced they will remain closed in the fall. For teachers, one […]

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July 1, 2020
Great Reads: Powerful Teaching

Educators, this is a must read! I have always been frustrated by presentations or books focused on research and theory that lack tangible strategies for teaching. It is rare when the two meet.  Well, not any longer. In Powerful Teaching the authors beautifully weave the two into a resource all educators will appreciate. For those of you who use Organized Binder, […]

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July 1, 2020
What's Your Plan?

While on another Zoom call today a colleague in Massachusetts asked a great question, one I had not thought about. It seems all of us in education are waiting on the edge of our collective seat to learn what school will look like in the fall. Some states have announced that schools will be safe […]

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