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Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan have collaborated on Publications and other resources which are available online including “Assessment in Perspective” and “Demonstration Lessons”. DVD and Video Clip samples also available.

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      Nelson Mandela, Kadir Nelson “Let there be peace for all.  Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” -       Nelson Mandela  As the world remembers the life of Nelson Mandela, we have been thinking about


In the thousands of personal-best leadership cases we studied, we have yet to encounter a single example of extraordinary achievement that occurred without the active involvement and support of many people.

Kouzes & Posner

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.

Alfred Whitehead

While assessment of learning is legitimate (we must, after all, inform the public where our students stand), it must be balanced with assessment for learning, which is often classroom based.

Regie Routman

Data makes the invisible visible, revealing strengths and weaknesses which are easily concealed. Data promotes certainty and precision, which increases teachers’ confidence in their abilities.

Mike Schmoker

When your writing is lousy, you throw it out. When your writing is alive and beautiful and full of potential, you revise it. Revision is a compliment to good writing!

Lucy Calkins

Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.

Mark Twain

Writing Stories has given me the power to change things I could not change as a child. I can make boys into doctors. I can make fathers stop drinking. I can make mothers stay.

Cynthia Rylant

…books may be leveled in the teacher’s mind, but the children are not. This distinction is an important one.

Shelley Harwayne - Lifetime Guarantees

Young children need to be with grown-ups who can encourage them to marvel at their world and ask endless questions.

Shelley Harwayne

Teaching is only demonstrating that it is possible. Learning is making it possible for yourself.

Paulo Coelho - The Pilgrimage

In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.

Phil Collins

For many students, both purpose setting and transfer have been overlooked as parts of the modeled instruction and guided practice that are critical to strategic reading.

Chris Tovanni

Teaching children to read and providing them with something worthwhile to read is not a job for the faint of heart in this world. But I’ll keep at it, and I won’t be alone.

Katherine Paterson

If nothing else, children should leave school with a sense that if they act, and act strategically, they can accomplish their goals. I call this feeling a sense of agency.

Peter Johnston - Choice Words

There’s no such thing as a perfect lesson, a perfect day in school or a perfect teacher. For teachers and students , the goal is not perfection but persistence in pursuit of understanding important

Tomlinson and McTighe

Enhanced reading proficiency rests largely on the capacity of classroom teachers to provide expert, exemplary reading instruction. Our study of these exemplary teachers suggests that such teaching cannot be packaged.

Richard Allington