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29 12, 2023

Honoring Gordon Bruno

2023-12-29T13:53:32+00:00December 29, 2023|Leadership at the Center|Comments Off on Honoring Gordon Bruno

Partners for Educational Leadership has lost a visionary forefather. Dr. Gordon Bruno, the founding Executive Director of Partners, then the “Connecticut Center for School Change,” passed away on December 19, 2023. In his time at the Center, he brought gravitas to a small and fledgling non-profit, establishing it as a force for intellectual leadership, policy advocacy, and high-quality support for practitioners. Gordon’s vision of a more equitable state challenged the tight ties across land ownership, municipalities, and educational quality, and
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26 12, 2023

Coaching Letter #190

2023-12-26T14:31:05+00:00December 26, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #190

December 22, 2023 Me, Nikki, and Elena. Sorry, I don’t know who took the picture. On standard work and recipe testing Hi, how are you? I hope you’re well and that the upcoming holiday season gives you the opportunity to rest and recharge, as well as have fun and eat lots. According to Substack, I now have subscribers in 37 states and 27 countries. That was a little mind-blowing. Holy cow. Thank you for reading my work, you rock, please
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27 11, 2023

Coaching Letter #188

2023-11-27T15:55:10+00:00November 27, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #188

November 22, 2023 Photo by Ann O'Doherty On the need for, and benefits of, gratitude Hello, and thank you for reading The Coaching Letter, I am grateful to you for investing your time in reading what I write, and I am extra special super grateful when you have the time to respond. I try to write something appropriate at Thanksgiving, and some years it’s harder than others. The situation in Israel and Gaza is so upsetting, and conflict continues in
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26 10, 2023

Coaching Letter #187

2023-10-26T12:49:47+00:00October 26, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #187

October 25, 2023 Screenshot of part of a data collection sheet created by Andrew Volkert for use in “implementing many small, frequent tests.” On organizational culture and intelligent failure Hello, I hope you are doing well. This Coaching Letter is about two things: culture and failure. I started writing this on my way home from a weekend in the DC area; I went to co-teach a class with my friend and colleague David Eddy-Spicer, which was very fun, not least
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13 10, 2023

Coaching Letter #186

2023-10-13T16:27:26+00:00October 13, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #186

October 12, 2023 Peter Liljedahl working with teachers & coaches in Manchester in April: One district’s work to create shared understanding of high quality equitable instruction. On why districts must create a shared understanding of high quality equitable instruction Hello, I hope this finds you well. First, a couple of reminders: we are running a repeat of the Educator Evaluation Convening that we hosted for the first time on September 22 (I think I was unclear about the
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27 09, 2023

Coaching Letter #185

2023-09-27T15:10:09+00:00September 27, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #185

September 26, 2023   Fig 1.—A school-based model for teacher expectations (Proctor, 1984). On expectations and equity Hello, I hope you are well and that you are feeling good about your life, your work, your family. I’m very sorry that it’s been so long since I wrote a Coaching Letter—late August and September are always very busy times, but this year more than most, I think. The fact that Rydell and I had a book manuscript due on August 31
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24 08, 2023

Coaching Letter #184

2023-08-24T18:15:49+00:00August 24, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #184

August 15, 2023 A science classroom during HQI Live! in Milford, CT. On popular misconceptions in education that we need to overcome Hello, I hope this finds you well. Almost all of you are gearing up for the start of a new school year—I wish you all the best. It’s so important, and it’s so much work, and it’s exciting, and it’s stressful... I know all the feelings, and I miss it and don’t miss it both at the same
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5 07, 2023

Coaching Letter #183

2023-07-05T20:19:47+00:00July 5, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #183

July 1, 2023 Woman looking at spreadsheets, by John Singer Sargent, courtesy of DALL-E Multiple ways I've been thinking about data lately. Hi, I hope you’re doing well and that the close of school went smoothly. Thank you for subscribing to The Coaching Letter, I am so happy that you do. I have had several conversations lately that make me think that the most useful thing I do in these Coaching Letters is communicate that despite my decades
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7 06, 2023

Coaching Letter #182

2023-06-07T13:03:14+00:00June 7, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #182

June 6, 2023 On becoming a better facilitator Hello, I hope this finds you well. Thank you for reading the Coaching Letter! You are amazing. I’m writing this on a day when the smoke in the air in Connecticut from the fires in Canada has been particularly bad, and my eyes are stinging. I’m just going to finish this letter, and then I’m going to go close my eyes in a nice cool, dark room. Thank you for all the
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22 05, 2023

Coaching Letter #181

2023-05-22T13:11:05+00:00May 22, 2023|Stevenson Coaching Letter|Comments Off on Coaching Letter #181

May 22, 2023 What I learned from Peter Liljedahl (and what I'm going to do next) Hello, how are you, and thank you for subscribing to the Coaching Letter. You rock. This Coaching Letter is about some of what I learned from watching Peter Liljedahl in action over the course of four days in April, and what we’re doing as follow up. Peter is a professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and his book Building Thinking Classrooms in
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