Put me in, Coach!

I am an instructional coach who is passionate and committed to affecting educational change. I am new on the blogging scene and trying to spread tangible, relevant, and actionable ideas and messages on how educators, parents, community members, and students can be a part of this change. elearning is one component of the way education needs to change. I help explain the why and the how. I blog about instructional coaching, experiences withing education (as an educator and a parents) and am enthusiastic and creative in how I share my message.

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Our Teachers Don’t Like Standards-Based Grading. Now what?

Is your district considering a switch to standards-based grading and receiving pushback? There may be some legitimate reasons why and some ways to mitigate concern. […]

Be ‘Real’ & ‘Consistent’ to Build Positive Student Relationships

This post was originally published as part of Larry Ferlazzo’s column in Education Week Teacher on October 12, 2018 What are the best ways to […]

Fix Contentious Parent-Teacher Conferences in These 6 Steps

This post was originally published in Education Week Teacher. Parent-teacher conferences can be some of the most rewarding—or the most stress-inducing—experiences of the school year […]

Succeeding With Differentiation

This post was originally published on edutopia.org Student voice is a hot topic in education, which makes me exceedingly happy—I’ve always thought that students were […]

Would you hire one of your third-graders? I did.

  This post was written by a guest blogger, my husband, Keith:) When I was a third-grade teacher, the beginning of every school year was […]

How to Overcome Common Anxieties About Differentiation

This post was originally published on Corwin Connect. In my work with teachers across the country on differentiating instruction, it appears that when it comes […]

Want To Differentiate Instruction? Use Your Time Wisely.

This article was originally published in Education Week Teacher. For more on any of the content below, check out Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in […]

3 Ways To Blockbuster Your Report Cards

Today’s guest post is written by Keith Westman.  Follow him on Twitter at @keithwestman. Note: I am aware I am not the first person to use […]

Retakes Do Not Promote Laziness. They Exemplify Compassion

This article was originally published in Education Week Teacher. Editor’s note: For a counterpoint to this piece, see Baptiste Delvallé’s opinion essay, “Why I Give Students Only […]

When it comes to discrimination “good intentions” are not enough

I have a confession to make. One of the reasons I married my husband was because I loved his younger brother. Now, before you jump […]

How Walkthroughs Hurt Differentiation Efforts

This post was originally published on Corwin Connect. For teachers, there is nothing worse than receiving a write-up that is riddled with unchecked boxes, zeros, […]

Student-Driven Differentiation

I am excited to announce that my first book Student-Driven Differentiation (forward by Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson and published by Corwin Press) is now available […]

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