Structuring the Environment

As a teacher, I remember often making a decision in the first five minutes of a meeting on whether or not that meeting was going to be successful. Many times that split-second decision had little to do with the content or the facilitator; it was often about what I saw when I walked into the... Continue Reading →

Do I Trust You? Do You Trust Me?

  "It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."  This observation from Charles Darwin is just as applicable to the world of education as it is to the natural world. Collaboration has at its core the word ‘labor’- a labor... Continue Reading →

Intentional Dialogue Around Data

Nearly every day we sit in rooms with data in front of us and we ask ourselves if our children are successfully reaching proficiency.  We say “error analysis is the answer”, “they missed that standard”, and “let’s remediate and test again”.  We talk across the table for hours postulating on the fact that “they just... Continue Reading →

How Do We Know How We’re Doing?

R3 was birthed out of a desire to invest in teachers in our district, in response to a concern we had as a district that too many of our teachers were either leaving the classroom or the profession because they in large part because they felt there were not opportunities to increase their influence and... Continue Reading →

Expanding the Pathways

My bride sent me a text message in October with a screenshot of a Facebook post from one of the most amazing teachers she knows.  In the post, the teacher was looking for a 2nd job to take care of new family needs - daycare for a new baby. I thought, why on Earth would... Continue Reading →

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?   The phrase "for auld lang syne" basically means "for (the sake of) auld times". The song originated as a Scottish poem in 1788 by Robert Burns, who penned the words he heard from an older... Continue Reading →

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