My school – the Oliver Partnership School – is a very unique elementary school in Lawrence, Massachusetts that was developed as part of a district turnaround plan.  The school is a partnership between the America Federation of Teachers and Lawrence Public Schools.  Our structure differs from most in that we are a teacher-lead school that has co-leaders, rather […]

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Teaching is my calling. I can’t give directions without teaching them to you. Sometimes, depending on your learning style, I will draw you a map on a napkin. Other times, I might get you to Google Maps and have Siri talk you through it. Occasionally, I’ll give you only the landmarks—“Go past the 7-11, until […]


In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher Anne Formato. As I highlight the lesson “Instruction of Key Academic Vocabulary with High School ELLs,” I’ll […]


As you prepare for a new school year, I’d like to share with you a rich multimedia project that was recently added to Colorín Colorado. The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY highlights authentic ways six ESL teachers worked with middle and high school ELLs to implement Common Core-aligned lessons. The teachers designed lesson plans with […]

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Bullying is a widespread concern in all schools these days.  Many districts have implemented a “no-tolerance” policy to ensure that all students can attend school in a safe environment.  However, there are bullies in the building that are much older and savvier than the students: the adult bullies.  It may be hard to believe – […]