Explorations in Tier II Vocabulary Instruction

June 6, 2023 | Shelley Goulder

As an English Language Development teacher, I want to empower students to understand how English works. In service of this goal, my students and I embarked on a year-long prefix-based vocabulary study to increase their Tier...

Teacher Voices

Creating Space for Focal Student Partnerships

May 14, 2023 | Andrea Prichett

It was a cycle I had been through before; choose focal students and watch them slip like water through my fingers.  In a school district that has become predominantly White in recent years, I felt it...


Leading From Behind: Reflections from the District

April 17, 2023 | Vernon Walton

In the fall of 2021, I was appointed to my first district-level position as a Director of Secondary Education. After fourteen years of experience as a site administrator; seven years as a high school assistant principal and seven...


We Could Learn A Lot From the Littles

March 8, 2023 | Tai Basurto

Several years ago, I was walking down the primary grade hallway and popped my head into a kindergarten classroom. A group of about 5 kindergartners was actively moving around gathering materials while the rest of their classmates were...

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Data Can Be Anything!

February 10, 2023 | Carmela Golden-Reyna

This school year, I learned something even *more* valuable than excellent organizational skills or awe-inspiring unit plans. This year I learned something new about data. Up until the 2021-22 school year, I...


The Power of Prioritizing Student Voice

February 10, 2023 | Julie Mendoza

Our relationship with writing can color our entire experience as a student. It can give us the confidence to tell our story and to use the depth of language to express what we know. But if we never...