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Live Tweeting from LF 2018: Nancy Love and Formative Assessment

Cathy Gassenheimer is tweeting live from the Learning Forward Annual Conference. In one of her favorite Monday sessions, Cathy joined Jackie Flowers, Director of Instruction & Professional Learning in the Florence City Schools. Find out what they learned at a session with expert Nancy Love on teacher teaming to maximize formative assessment.

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Live Tweeting from Learning Forward 2018: Michael Fullan

Cathy Gassenheimer (@cathygassenheim) is tweeting live from the Learning Forward Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. We’re capturing her Twitter streams for various sessions and sharing them as posts. Educational leadership superstar Michael Fullan’s pre-conference session on Sunday was her first stop. Here Cathy shares some background and bits of Fullan wisdom.

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Pursuing Your Goal to Become a Strong and Committed Writer

Do you want to become a more confident and prolific writer? Maybe you’d like to really commit to a professional blog, or publish an article about a successful practice, or even write a book for educators – or a novel! Whatever your reasons for polishing your writing skills, John Norton shares some resources that can help.

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Quality Questioning in Muscle Shoals: McBride Elementary

Muscle Shoals City Schools is making quality questioning a key improvement strategy. In our final post by district instructional partners, Cheryl Lockhart shares some of the tools McBride Elementary has developed to support students and teachers as they “jump into the pool” and begin the shift to a culture of deeper thinking and discussion.

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Quality Questioning in Muscle Shoals: Howell Graves Preschool

Muscle Shoals City Schools is making quality questioning a key improvement strategy across the system. In the second of three guest posts by district instructional partners, Sandy Armstrong reports on the QQ experience at Howell Graves Preschool after a team of teachers attended ABPC’s summer Quality Questioning Institute.

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Quality Questioning in Muscle Shoals: Highland Park and Webster Elementary

Quality Questioning is a highly effective way to engage our students in deeper learning. To help ensure more Alabama teachers gain access to training in quality questioning, ABPC has begun offering QQ Institutes, led by national expert Jackie Walsh. In the first of three guest posts by instructional partners in Muscle Shoals City, Dianna Ritter reports on the QQ experience at Highland Park and Webster elementary schools.

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Using Powerful Storytelling to Teach, Coach, and Lead

We all like good stories. Stories capture our imagination and invite us to consider the possibilities that life presents us. Stories often offer an escape from our daily hum-drum routine. But can they change behavior or invite people to consider a different perspective? Bob Garmston, co-founder of Cognitive Coaching and author of The Astonishing Power of Storytelling, thinks so.

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How We Can Put “The Power of Moments” to Work in Our Lives

Chip and Dan Heath are masterful storytellers. In The Power of Moments, they explain the idea behind creating your own peak memories with an abundance of stories you’ll enjoy. The book chronicles insights and occurrences of people from all walks of life that lifted their spirits and often caused them to change their direction or goals.

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