Fourth grade is the only grade Heather has not taught! When I met Heather many years ago, she was a fifth-grade teacher, and now she at the end of another chapter teaching high school English in San Diego, CA, soon to be moving to Wisconsin to begin a new educational opportunity working with CESA-6 and their literacy team. The diversity of her background and experience in education, strong advocacy for students, as well as her support of women, compelled me to have a Coffee Break with her and find out more of what drives this talented teacher, presenter, and advocate for marginalized students.Read More
Having worked with struggling readers for many years, I have often referred and recommended Dr. Tim Rasinski’s work on fluency. He’s been my go-to researcher for all things fluency, from his books, The Fluent Reader, Increasing Fluency with High Frequency Word Phrases Grades 1-5, and Fluency through Practice and Performance, to his countless articles, a few of which can be found here, here and here. Much of his work has attributed to my students finding success in reading.
Having devoted his life to writing, Ralph Fletcher has strived to improve the quality of the teaching of writing for young people. A prolific author and inspiring presenter, he’s written books both for teachers and aspiring young writers on the art of writing. His other works encompass poetry, picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels. I grabbed a coffee break with him and found him generous, funny, and his drive to pass on to children the love of writing was strongly evident.Read More
Cornelius Minor is an avid proponent of change, a disrupter for good in my view, and an energetic educator-driven by students rights for access to learning. If you haven’t heard him speak, then I would strongly encourage you to do so. This is Part Two of our Coffee Break, continuing our fascinating discussion...Read More
It’s not often you meet someone who is both charismatic and challenges your thinking. I had that pleasure when I interviewed Cornelius Minor, an activist for social justice and equity in education.
The first time I heard Cornelius Minor speak was in 2017 at the ILA conference in Orlando, FL. He was inspiring, forthright, energizing and engaging. I recently heard him speak at ILA West 2018 in San Diego, CA. It’s easy to tell he’s well read, loves working with kids and is supporting teachers. I believe Cornelius Minor should be on every educators bucket list of speakers, and you will have your chance to hear him at ILA Austin in July.Read More
Dr. Diane Lapp, Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, has been an incredible mentor of mine for over 16 years. She has encouraged and supported my journey, stretched my thinking and consistently provided the best advice. Her intellect, support and encouragement are traits of great role models.
I had the pleasure to spend time with Diane at ILA West, and fire a few questions. She was as engaging as ever.
Let’s hear some of her thoughts...
Have you ever met an educator and you thought, "I wish I had them as a teacher." Or "I want my children to have this teacher." For me that person is Aida Allen Rotell. I've seen her teach, I've seen her present, and presented with her. She is a fascinating individual! And very funny. Aida is a national and internationally recognized Literacy Consultant, whose primary goal is to empower teachers to be intentional, purposeful and positively impact student learning.
Take a coffee break and a little peak into what drives her in education.Read More