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11.24.20 Online Teaching: Don’t Sleep on the Value of Everybody Writes

At TLAC Towers, we recently had the opportunity to watch Jake Daggett of Stellar Elementary of the Carmen Schools of Science and Technology network in Milwaukee, Wisconsin teaching his second graders about fairy tales. We appreciated his use of writing and Team TLAC’s Dillon Fisher wrote this analysis: One of our favorite things about Jake’s lesson was…


11.20.20 Postcard from the Edge: Details on the ‘Other’ Pandemic

There is a second pandemic happening. If you’re watching that should not be a surprise. In the education sector almost everyone is working very very hard. They are doing often their best in a terrible situation. They deserve thanks and praise. But that doesn’t change the fact that educational devastation is being sown across the land….


11.11.20 New: Our Webinar on Teaching Reading Online

As many of you know, our team has spent much of our time over the last several months poring through footage of teachers doing incredible work in their online classrooms, trying glean as much as we can about what leads to successful online instruction. Much of what we’ve learned we’ve shared in our current online webinars:…


11.10.20 Notes on Molly Maphis’ Phonics Lesson

We learned a lot from a video we recently watched of second-grade teacher Molly Maphis at Nashville Classical Charter School. Team TLAC’s Brittany Hargrove has worked extensively with elementary schools to help them build effective and engaging classrooms. She wrote this post describing some of the effective things she saw in Molly’s lesson: One of the…


11.04.20 Welcoming Darryl Williams, Our New Co-Managing Director

We’ve been sitting on some pretty exciting news for the past few weeks here at TLAC Towers. The amazing and incredible Darryl Williams has become my Co-Managing Director on the Teach Like a Champion Team, and he and I will lead the organization together going forward. Honestly, I couldn’t be more excited. Over the past four…