Entries by Educational Epiphany

Unraveling the Meaning of Reading Proficiency

Because reading ability by the end of grade 3 has been empirically linked to important adult outcomes, literacy development is a national imperative and must be treated as such. So the question becomes, what is the foundation of reading proficiency? My response to this critical question can help teachers, teacher leaders, school leaders, curriculum writers, […]

How do we eradicate gaps in student outcomes?

School is one of the most influential institutions in a child’s ecological system. Award-winning developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner placed school in a child’s “microsystem,” also defined as his or her immediate surroundings and a concept which also includes immediate family. Bronfenbrenner understood that schools, like families, shape children’s development. So the mission to ensure that […]

Who’s the leader?

One of the greatest issues facing public education is the abdication of instructional leadership. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is all too common in our school systems. It is a silent, but deleterious factor of underperformance with a complex, compound impact on low performing student groups, schools, and districts. It is not my goal indict my colleagues […]

We Must Foster Mutualistic Collaborative Opportunities in the Classroom

Nobel Peace Prize recipient and civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said it well, the true goal of education is intelligence plus character. I agree with his 72-year-old assertion. Today, I present adding a third element to the formula—interpersonal aptitude. Interpersonal aptitude, defined as one’s ability to engage with others in a symbiotic […]

How did public education become so reliant upon programs?

In my travels across the nation supporting schools and districts, it has become apparent that teaching and learning has become “over-programatized.” There is a “program” for practically everything. Programs, programs, and more programs. Unfortunately and to the detriment of student outcomes, these “programs” do not always allow teachers to teach. These “programs” do not always […]

How do you leverage professional development to drive student achievement? (Part 2)

This week, like each week over the past two years since I became the full time Chief Executive Officer of Educational Epiphany, I facilitated professional development for teachers, school leaders, and central office senior leaders in multiple cities. Often time, I begin my keynotes,  workshops, and breakouts with this caveat, “Professional development ought to be […]

How do you leverage professional development to drive student achievement?

This week, like each week over the past two years since I became the full time Chief Executive Officer of Educational Epiphany, I facilitated professional development for teachers, school leaders, and central office senior leaders in multiple cities. Often time, I begin my keynotes,  workshops, and breakouts with this caveat, “Professional development ought to be […]

What does conceptual understanding of academic language have to do with student achievement?

Conceptual understanding of academic language is arguably the most significant accelerator of student achievement. But why is there such a lack of attention to conceptual understanding of language in classrooms across our nation? It’s a matter of exposing teachers and school leaders to the value of and strategies for building conceptual understanding and infusing the […]