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Changing the Conversation

Through professional development and coaching, we are changing the conversation in schools and transforming instruction to drive sustainable increases in student achievement.

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  • Teachers Transforming Students’ Lives

    Sustainable, deep school improvement and change must take place from the inside out. The topics of conversations teachers and school leaders have and the way in which they converse in school deeply impacts student success. Adults, in every school, control all the variables necessary to ensure success for all students.

  • Student-Centered Leadership

    All decisions, big or small, must be made placing the needs of students first. There is not a curriculum, a program, or a strategy that can substitute for effective teaching.

  • School-Specific Program Design

    “When they start by listening, it literally opens the door and you want to share.” — Emilio Rodriquez, English teacher Transforming education cannot be achieved with a one-size-fits-all approach. We work with schools and teachers to create a customized program that fits their unique challenges and opportunities and goals — instead of entering the school […]

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A Balcony View of Reading, Part 1: Debunking 3 Myths on Independent Reading in the Classroom

March is reading month! Yes, it is, and it is also the month heading into “Assessment Season.” In schools across Michigan, the anxiety is palpable.  Teachers have painstakingly organized and prepared celebrations to honor one of the greatest forms of communication this world has ever seen (many thanks to Gutenberg and his little press). Yet, […]

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Going Slow to Go Fast: 3 Habits of High-Performing Groups

Can you remember a time when you worked with a team of people and you were excited about the work you completed? You probably recognized that the group accentuated each person’s individual talents to create a high-performing team. As a group member you recognized that you gained energy and knowledge from those you were working […]

Ed Links: February 27, 2015

For the past three months we’ve been proud to provide you with Ed Links, a weekly roundup of great education-related articles, reports, videos and other happenings from around the web that contain valuable insights and information you can use in your classroom or school. As Ed Links continues to grow, I’d like to hear your […]