The Food Network…Effective Teacher PD?

As a busy mom with a full time job that requires travel, I hardly have time to watch much television, but when I do, it’s always the Food Network. In fact, one of our favorite “Family Friday Fun Night” activities is for our kids to snuggle in bed with us and watch the fast paced […]

10 Ways Well-Meaning White Teachers Bring Racism Into Our Schools

by Jamie Utt. Originally posted on Everyday Feminism. Teachers are some of my favorite people in the world. I mean I really love teachers! They tend to be enthusiastic about changing society, and more often than not, they care so deeply about their work and their students. What’s not to like? As a former teacher […]

Letter to a New Teacher

I recently received the following email from a career-changer who was beginning their first year of teaching. It got me thinking about the kinds of things new teachers should consider and ideas that even veteran teachers should revisit once in a while. Letters like this one demonstrate the commitment that teachers have to improving their […]

A Paradigm Shift to Transformative Coaching

During my tenure as a special education teacher and district coach, I thought I’d seen almost everything. I was an instructional manager supporting the special education reform in New York City public schools for 1.1 million students. I then supervised the implementation of a coaching credentialing program for over 300 coaches in Broward County Public […]

The Complexity of Nurturing and Showing We Care

Effective educators profoundly understand that “nurturing” scholars means demonstrating “care.” Many teachers may misunderstand “care” as unconditional praise, downshifting expectations for scholars…

Others Mock What They Don’t Understand

I started to reflect on my journey over the past three years with CT3, Real Time Teacher Coaching® and the implementation of the No-Nonsense Nurturer® techniques. There are three types of instructors in any educational situation. The negative controller, the unintended enabler, and the No-Nonsense Nurturer. A negative controller walks away knowing their students mastered […]

Teachers Are Learners, Too

It has been in the twilight of my 30-year teaching career that I have received authentic coaching. No-Nonsense Nurturer® (NNN) are designed to hone my instructional instincts. I have three decades of documented high-quality instruction. I have offered professional development to educators in multiple states regarding classroom management. I am the union president in my […]

Lessons from a Real Time Teacher Coach

I am a Real Time Teacher Coach for management and instruction and I am not employed by CT3. At first, the process of becoming normed with No-Nonsense Nurturer® (NNN) may feel foreign and automated, and even a little messy. However, it is through this process that mindsets begin to shift. That is, teachers begin to […]

Culture, Coaching and Heart

A 2014 Memo… Culture is everything. It is the fabric that either holds your organization together in order to achieve the mission, or simply put – destroys it. Culture must be tended to, nurtured and developed – as it is a living, breathing thing.  At the end of the day, if you don’t get culture […]