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Sharing strategies for student success, college readiness and academic coaching


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In Bloom: Lilacs and Light

I just started a new journey, combining my passions for writing, photography and nature. Please visit my new blog, now in bloom: “Lilacs and Light” to learn more, like the meaning of lilacs in the title.

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https://lilacsandlight.wordpress.com/


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Words Mean Everything. What I’m Teaching this Semester.

“Words started to mean not just something, but everything.”

I’m looking forward to teaching The Book Thief, by Markus Zukas this semester. Reading and writing  our way through trauma can save us, sustain us. Not just in the pages of an imaginary universe. In real life, too. I know books saved me many times.

The Book Thief

We’re also be reading Fahrenheit 451 this semester. Our discussions will focus around knowledge & education, censorship, power and authority, fear, risk, survival, reading, story and identity. It’s going to be a fun environment with great discussions. There are so many parallels to contemporary events.

Fahrenheit 451

Why, for instance, do some people fear words, and books, so much so that they ban them? Why are 62 million girls out of school, globally? Why did the Taliban shoot Malala Yousafzai in the head to keep her from getting an education? What were they afraid of? And, perhaps just as importantly, why was a young Malala so willing to risk so much to go to school each day? Why wasn’t she afraid (or was she?). Either way, she risked her life to learn. To see.

We’re reading and writing about interesting other stuff too. But this is going to shape our semester.

Welcome to Spring 2016! ~Lisa


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Week 2 of the New Year, Don’t Give Up

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Whatever your goal is, hang in there.


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Reading Matters. Read Aloud 15: If you wait, it’s too late.

I am so excited to continue my work as a Read Aloud 15 partner. The reality is that 15 minutes of reading aloud daily, starting at birth, can change the face of education in our country.
Early literacy opens up educational opportunity for a lifetime. It’s a cause I feel passionately about & I’m thrilled to be among those selected to spread this message, with the help of my site collegereadycoach.com. It feels like a gift (to me) actually, to be able to do this kind of work.
Our next campaign kicks off in March, but I’m available ~any time~ to provide materials, (handouts, bookmarks, etc) and/or to talk with you or your organization about the importance of reading aloud to kids…Every Child, Every Day.
#readaloud15 #readingmatters #ifyouwaititstoolate #bethechange #followyourpassion


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Elevate Jazz Band

My favorite jazz artist plays trumpet in this band. 😊🎺

Elevate Jazz

Let us Elevate your event.

We are Elevate Jazz, a 5 person jazz band. We play gigs in and around the Santa Rosa area. Our members include:

Luke Mott- Trumpet

Luca Trasolini- Saxophone

Jai Dhiman- Drums

John Dvorak- Piano and Trombone

Brian Barnes- Bass

We play both classic and contemporary jazz music from all genres of jazz. We all have an incredible passion for Jazz music. We’re ready to work with you to Elevate your event.

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Listening to James Baldwin

My Year of Teaching Dangerously

20150918_101025I have been meditating on James Baldwin’s “Talk to Teachers” these last few weeks.

People. In case you’ve forgotten, the man can WRITE.

Although it is a very challenging text, I wanted to use this text as a mentor text to help my students address one of our year’s essential questions: How might we use writing as a tool of defiance? I owe a debt of gratitude to a member of my PLN, Jessica, who, in a thoughtful and prescient blog post, suggested that we frame powerful writing as powerful resistance. I am centering my writing coaching this year around the idea that we can and should use writing as a way to resist and reimagine anything that threatens our humanity. So, naturally, I have been reading Baldwin.

Before I geek out on all of the different teaching techniques and ideas I messed around with in this lesson, I would like…

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Sage advice from that wise guru, Dr. Seuss

Read to a child! Reading just 15 minutes a day makes a big difference. Over the course of a year, that 15 minutes adds up to just over 90 hours! And it’s fun!!

We know that kids that love to read, do read. Because generally, we enjoy doing things we are “good” at. So, reading to your child from a very early age (from birth!! but it’s never too late to start!!) instills into them a lifelong love of reading. What a simple but huge way to make a difference in the life of a child!

Throughout the month, I’ll be posting about the Readaloud 15 campaign, including the really super fun part for a book nerd like me: book suggestions!! Hey, if you have an amazing book that you’d like to recommend for kids 12 and under, please post it in the comments.

In fact, if you have anything to tell us, about reading, early literacy, or education, post a comment. We love comments, almost as much as we love books.

Have an wacky, wild, reading a good book, kinda day,

Lisa (aka The Happy Teacher)

PS: “Like” us on facebook, please. 🙂