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 – […]

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About two years ago I decided that I knew the perfect way to get rich.  I’d create a lesson planning platform that had a dropdown menu of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).  It would only be a matter of time before I could hit the road schilling this amazing product and making money hand over […]

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As a new school year begins, teachers across the country are beginning the annual ritual of setting Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). This process is similar throughout the states – administering baseline assessments, getting to know your students, and finding that “sweet spot” where goals are rigorous, yet attainable. Once goals have been set and approved, […]