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09.07.18 The First Days of School: Installing a Procedure While Teaching Content

  Jen Rugani is the newest member of Team TLAC. She’s a former Principal at Leadership Prep Canarsie Elementary in Brooklyn and a former TLAC teaching fellow. As a teacher and school leader she felt pretty strongly about what the start to a good school year looked like so a recent video really caght her eye….


08.15.18 Curriculum Notes: Book Versus Phone

  Recently I stumbled across this article thanks to Carl Hendricks’ recommendation.  It describes the work of Maryanne Wolf, who set out to map some of the results of what is the elephant in the room for all of us who teach reading.  That the book is losing in the battle for relevance with the phone…


08.08.18 Announcing TLAC Online!

Setting yourself up to practice well. This week we are making a set of 24 online self-study modules aligned to Teach Like a Champion techniques available to educators everywhere. We think these modules can help teachers learn and develop their teaching skill and therefore ensure greater student success and achievement—and we think they can help teachers…


08.01.18 Choosing Books: Random Notes From My Reading Desk

This is a super-informal post- a set of impromptu thoughts as I sit here at my desk about my task for the past three weeks: reading up on middle level fiction and specifically what could be included among the books in our middle level reading curriculum. I’ve read a mix of contemporary YA fiction, historical classics…