Triangulating Data

Just the other day, a new principal asked me about the concept of triangulation. It’s one of those terms we use in working with data, and I thought I’d write briefly about it here. Take a look at the following visual. There’s a message. Can you tell what it says? Let me give you a […]

Wilroy Property for Sale

It’s really a beautiful property. The old house, garage, and barn have been removed. All property upgrades have been completed. All icky old tanks in the ground have been removed and disposed of correctly. The lush property sits at the intersection of Route 58 and Wilroy Road. The QVC Warehouse is right down the street. […]

Michigan’s New Reading Law

Get to Know Michigan’s New Reading Law – in this beginning-of-year activity, staff will learn key information related to the new reading law through a custom graphic organizer and a corresponding question set. (This is specific for the 2017-2018 school year.)  I actually had a lot of fun designing the graphic and I hope you’ll enjoy […]

Construct Relevant Vocabulary for English Language Arts and Literacy

What?????? If you’ve been keeping up with SBAC, you’ve already seen this. If you’re one of our teaching colleagues in Michigan, make sure you download the vocabulary and integrate the information into the good work you are doing in your lessons. Both SBAC and the MDE note that “Construct relevant vocabulary” refers to any English […]

Redesigned SAT – Essential Language Progressive Skills Alert

A number of weeks ago, I wanted to answer a question related to the SAT Practice Tests – those tests the College Board made available for us to help teachers and students become familiar with the redesigned SAT. I personally wanted to check the alignment between the SAT questions on the Practice Test and the Common […]

Join Deb at ASCD in April 2016!

I’ve got some great news; I’ll be presenting again at ASCD’s Annual Conference! If you’re coming to the ASCD Conference in April 2016, I hope you’ll consider attending my session: Protocols for Using Data in Instructional Learning Cycles.  Built around ASCD’s theme, “Learn, Teach, Lead“, this session will provide friendly tools and protocols for working with […]

Shift Happens! A shift in vocabulary, that is.

As you know, when the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts were released, we all learned about the Instructional Shifts.  As you read about the Common Core and the changes it brings, you’ll see two basic lists of the shifts – one with three items and one with six.  The list with 3 shifts […]