Filed under Secondary: My 9th Graders Know How to Recognize Appeals to Emotion
Kathleen W. Dotts teaches ninth grade honors English at Huntsville High School. Her letter to the editor (below) appeared on the Huntsville Times website October 15th in response to an October 6 opinion column by Kenneth Freeman, an organizer for the group Alliance for Citizens Rights, in which he described supporters of the higher learning standards now being implemented in Alabama public schools as "liars or victims." With Kathleen's permission, we're sharing her comments here. We urge other t...
Video: What Is the Instructional Partners Pilot All About?
What do principals and teacher leaders say about the benefits of the Instructional Partnership approach to professional development and coaching? Find out in our video interviews with Instructional Partner Pilot participants!
What do principals and teacher leaders say about the benefits of the Instructional Partnership approach to professional development and coaching?
Find out in this video interview with Instructional Partner Pilot participants, including elementary, middle and high school...
How the CCRS Math Standards Are Raising the Bar for Math Learning in Alabama
by Jackie Flowers
Discovery Middle School
I want to write about how the CCRS math standards are making a positive difference for the students and teachers in my Madison City middle school and across the state.
As an Instructional Partner at Discovery Middle, I am a co-learner, a resource broker, an instructional consultant, and a cognitive coach for teachers.
I help lead the professional development at Discovery MS, and I support our teachers with the implementation of...
My Pathway to True Instructional Partnership
During the past school year, we've written several times about the Alabama Instructional Partners Pilot Program, initiated by the Alabama State Department of Education with professional development support from the Alabama Best Practices Center. The essential goal of the project, which will expand this fall, is to prepare teacher leaders for roles as school-based "instructional partners" who facilitate transformative professional learning among their peers.
We've invited participants in the fi...
Our iCitizenship Project at Tarrant High
Beth Sanders (front,center) teaches 9th and 11th grade social studies at inner-city Tarrant High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where her students recently participated in the iCitizenship project. She is also a technology consultant for the Alabama Best Practices Center and a Connected Coach for the Powerful Learning Practice Network, where this article first appeared.by Beth Sanders
What do citizenship, social justice, empathy, social networking and a high school classroom have to do with...