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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

06.09.21 Erica Woolway: Changes to Our New Online Workshops

Our team has been busy at work preparing our content for our upcoming workshops on Engaging Academics and Building Strong School Culture that kick off, via zoom, next week. Last year at this time, we were preparing to deliver our content for the first time remotely. After a year of leading training online we’ve been to…


05.13.21 For Coaches: John Barnes Teaches a Group of Players How to Dribble

Some time a while ago, someone sent me a grainy cell phone video of England great John Barnes coaching an ad hoc group of young players in an improvised session. I don’t actually remember who sent it and why. At first it seems almost an accident- like Barnes was on vacation or something and got asked…


04.29.21 Erica Woolway: Lessons Learned from a Pandemic Year, Part 3.

In this final post in lessons learned from a year of disruption, we’ll focus on things remote instruction revealed the full importance of more clearly. Perhaps one of the biggest things we learned was how quickly an online class can die a slow death if a a norm is passivity rather than a norm of engagement…


04.26.21 The First Steps Back: My Best Bet For Summer School

In a year of massive educational challenges schools now confront the latest new challenge.  How to bring students back to the classroom after a year of reduced learning and social isolation, with dramatically increased inequity. This raises the question: What to do first—over the summer perhaps, even before the new year starts–especially in the area of…