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The use of student assessment data and relevant background information to inform decisions related to planning and implementing instructional strategies. Highly effective teachers constantly monitor their progress and the progress of their students, "adjusting course in light of changing realities around them". Teachers use a...

"Relational capacity" is the level of trust and safety between student and teacher. The influence a teacher has on their students is directly related to the degree of relational capacity. The teacher's opinions, beliefs, and directives will carry more weight if the student feels safe...

Our students come to us with significant gaps in skill and content and, as a teacher, it is our responsibility to find and seal the cracks that exist. We will seal the cracks through rigorous and well scaffolded instruction that addresses the gaps and sets...

My husband, McKee, and I recently took our son, Tucker, to an appointment at St. Jude, one of the world’s leading children’s research hospitals that happens to be right here in Memphis. Although Tucker was only going in for a relatively minor issue, we were...