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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

02.11.14 How to Celebrate Valentines Day

I am an educator, but I am also a parent, and I am writing this blog post as a parent because I just figured out two things: 1) How to support the teachers in my kids’ schools doing hard and challenging work and 2) How to celebrate Valentines Day. Some explanation: I just met with a…


02.16.17 Two Clips in Honor of World Read Aloud Day

With thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the heads up, it turns out that today is World Read Aloud Day, and I am going to make up for the fact that I was not really on-the-ball with Valentine’s Day by being all over World Read Aloud Day.  With good reason. First, a clever Valentines/World Read Aloud Day…


02.09.16 On a Terrible Headline: U.S. Soccer Does Not Need Saving

The Atlantic Monthly published a profile of my work with the U.S. Soccer Federation this month. It’s written by Amanda Ripley, a writer I admire greatly, and has a terrible and inaccurate headline (I think I am safe in assuming she didn’t write it). It’s also a headline that obscures some important observations for educators and…


06.08.15 Tools for Coaches: Resources on the Teaching Side of Coaching

A year or so ago I posted a rubric I was working on to help define the key aspects of teaching for coaches… I’ve been doing some work with US Soccer on this front. I thought I’d share some updates that I’ve made and some other useful coaching materials. First, click the link below to see…