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June 21, 2018

Questioning is key to delving deeply into a text. Curiosity creates a strong desire in the reader to find the answers to his or her questions.  At the same time, questioning is one of the most challenging tasks that teachers encounter. How to ask questions that encoura...

May 4, 2018

For READ East Harlem the role of coach is a comprehensive role- time is invested, relationships are forged, and improvement becomes a collaborative goal at the schools. Our coaches spend a lot of time in the classrooms of district 4 schools, modeling, observing, facili...

April 24, 2018

“Ms. España can I share my poem?” asked Aileen, really throwing me off my game as we were wrapping up our guest visit. In typical teacher mode, I was already thinking of next period, my next lesson, the time I wanted to have for students to reflect on the Silk Road Ens...

April 5, 2018

One of P.S. 96’s educational goals is to increase and strengthen student discussion in order to promote and support critical thinking on the part of the students. One of the Advanced Literacies Hallmarks is to use talk and discussion to build language and knowledge. Wh...

March 20, 2018

My older daughter has cerebral palsy. As time has passed her ability to chew and swallow has diminished so that now she eats only pureed foods. Yet she holds onto strong food choices.

One of her favorite weekend activities is shopping at Whole Foods. There we buy fruit...

February 27, 2018

One of the hardest tasks for teachers is creating effective, engaging, and relevant experiences for students. Relevancy reflects the communities and cultures our students come from, and creating relevant activities means placing their lived experiences into the classro...

January 30, 2018

Education is an all-the-time, around-the-clock kind of profession where educators dedicate themselves to the academic and social success of their students. A school is a dynamic environment with many moving parts, and when you’re a part of this environment, you often f...

January 18, 2018

The draft of this blog post has nested in my Google drive for a long time. In my varied professional roles as teacher educator, administrator, literacy coach, I write a lot. Emails to students and faculty, grant applications and reports, articles reporting research fin...