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Teachers Lead at Regional PDs!

Concept Teachers are the greatest.  When asked, they stepped up to help deliver our Fall Professional Development using specific strategies included in the document Realizing Illin[...]

Department Meeting Leadership

Mr. Schmith, the English Department Chair at HSA McKinley Park, is doing a great job starting the year off with his colleagues.  He added a PowerPoint on the basics of reading inst[...]

Quest Peoria Celebrates International Literacy Day

Taking the lead from our own Lisa Bender from HSA Cincinatti (http://english.conceptschools.org/national-events-programs-and-competitions/) Department Chair Rachel Heckman of Quest[...]

Welcome Back Concept English Teachers!

There have been a few changes since we last talked.  We have hired a new Director of Elementary Education.  Ms. Sajovec and I will be working closely together to promote overall li[...]

Poems For Two Voices Raise Awareness in Columbus

For National Poetry Month, students in Ms. Salsbury’s 7th grade Language Arts classes at Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School increased their awareness of and appre[...]

Regional PD’s Focus: Process and Content

This past spring (2014) Concept English invited Mr. Brian Pete of Robin Fogarty & Associates to provide a mandatory 2 hour ELA workshop. Teachers were actively engaged in activ[...]

HSA Toledo Scores with Close Reading and Reflection

On our recent trip to the Toledo Professional Development, Esther Mossing, Coordinator at HSA Toledo, shared what me what her staff has been doing with close reading. HSA Toledo ha[...]

The Personal Statement

For over ten years I worked with my school counselor to prepare students to write the personal statement and the common application for college.  Along the way I have learned a few[...]

What are 21st Century Literacies?

According to NCTE, a student should: Develop proficiency with the tools of technology Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturall[...]

Writing in the Classroom

With Common Core we need to rethink and reshape how we deliver our instruction.  However, there is good news for those of us who have used the writing process and set up WriterR[...]

Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

This summer I was presented one of the largest challenges of my now 10 year teaching career with Concept Schools.  My Concept Department Head, Andy Flaherty, presented our English [...]