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Can we find the "Both/And" solution in the debate over knowledge vs. skills?
November 10, 2015 | Comments
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By Cathy Gassenheimer   A few weeks ago I participated on a team at the Montgomery Education Foundations Brain Brawl. The event was a fundraiser for the MEF and for schools in Montgomery. Teams of five from companies, nonprofits, and education paid a $150 entry fee to participate in a night of trivia.   Driving to the multiplex, I reminded myself that I was pretty good at trivia. Then, I remembered my depressing milestone birthday earlier this fall and wondered whether most of the questions woul... [continue reading]
Humility and Exceptional Leadership: Excerpts from an Interview with Good to Great Author, Jim Collins
March 27, 2015 | Comments
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Well known for his work on recognizing and fostering transformational leadership for organizations, Jim Collins (author of Good to Great, among other titles) turns his attention to school leadership in his next project. Collins wanted to learn from exceptional school leaders who have had success in all types of different school environments and communities. In a recently published interview for Independent Schools magazine, Collins refers to education as the most compelling of the social sectors... [continue reading]
How We Can Use Quiet Leadership to Empower Others
November 4, 2014 | Comments
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by Cathy Gassenheimer Our leadership practices are not keeping up with the realities of organizational life. The result is an increasing gap between the way employees are being managed at work, and the way they want to be managed. "Countless surveys have been done in this area, ending in headlines like Six out of 10 workers are miserable and 74 percent of staff not engaged at work'. Dig into these surveys and youll see the quality of leadership on top of the list of complaints.  Thus begins Quie... [continue reading]
Close Reading: Do Leveled Texts "Lead to Leveled Lives"?
March 3, 2014 | Comments
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From The Marshall Memo (2/18/14). Summary by Kim Marshall. Used with permission.  Rethinking Small-Group Instruction with Informational Texts In (an) important article in The Reading Teacher, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey (University of San Diego) question the traditional model for small-group reading instruction: students working with leveled texts, with texts doing the scaffolding.  The problem, say Fisher and Frey, is that the criteria most schools have been using for instructional level don... [continue reading]
Lessons That Will Help Students Fall in Love with Close Reading
December 23, 2013 | Comments
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Here's a book about close reading that's worthy of your attention. Reviewer Kevin Hodgson is a sixth grade ELA teacher and technology liaison with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. He reviews books and writes a blog about the ELA classroom at MiddleWeb, where this review first appeared.    Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts and Life, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts (Heinemann, 2014)  Reviewed by Kevin Hodgson   Authors Christopher Lehman and Kate Robe... [continue reading]
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