Monday, May 21, 2012

Early in my career (Jim), I had the opportunity to work with Foster Cline, M.D.  Dr. Cline was a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specialized in treating unattached children.  He made a statement three decades ago that “many things need to be learned but often aren’t taught.”  As Jan and I received training to become Associates for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness’ “Time to Teach” strategy, these words are as relevant today as they were then.

Educators agree that a growing number of children entering school today are unprepared for many of the expectations of school life.  Researchers at the Center for Teacher Effectiveness have discovered that minor, seemingly innocuous events, constitute the overwhelming majority of distractions that throw teachers off their stride and impact the learning environment.  Rather than lament the lack of early childhood preparation for schools and claim, “ain’t it awful” while pointing fingers, CTE has developed “Teach-To’s”  that allow teachers to establish firm and fair expectations and boundaries for the classroom.  Appropriate school decorum may represent a set of unknowns for many students so it makes perfect sense to teach these expectations and get everyone on the same page.  Teachers who utilize the “Teach-To’s”, along with the other components of Time to Teach report far fewer distractions, an increase in the amount of time devoted to direct instruction and better performance by students.  The “Teach To’s clearly represent the critical vital behaviors that lead to stronger educational and behavioral outcomes everyone is seeking today.  It allows us to address Dr. Cline’s observation by teaching those essential expectations that all students must learn. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Ever attended meetings where the people meet only to plan another meeting?  I came across this poem, again, and thought of all you "Difference-Makers" & "GameChangers" who get frustrated by the red tape and bureaucracy that occurs in the world of education because of the lack of courageous and creative ACTIONS like putting students in charge of solving their own problems and like sending teachers to trainings that they can actually implement on day 1 that makes a difference and like enlisting parents to start their own movement supporting each other as they strive to raise productive and respectful children!!! :

I'm Afraid I Can't Attend the Next Meeting
by Sureva Towler
published in Crazy Woman Creek, Women Rewrite the American West

Because I don't want to
hear any more bold, imaginative new ideas,
revisit the mission statement,
review another set of minutes
be empowered.

Because I'm tired of partnerships, coalitions and collaboration,
assessing resources
strategic planning
checking the e-mail.

Because I don't need another
bigger-than-life item on my resume,
a membership card,
tax exemption.

Because I want to
effect change rather than discuss it,
have a bake sale instead of doing lunch,
do something, anything,
have another meeting.

Listen up sister.
It's time to toss the Day-Timer,
get off the Internet and into the streets.
Because meetings may be cool,
that ain't where it's at.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Jim & Jan are now Time To Teach Associates!

Here we are with Rick Dahlgren, President and CEO of the Center for Teacher Effectiveness, Time To Teach.  Jim and I are now Time To Teach Associates and stand ready to assist you with your professional development and teacher training plans.  Time To Teach is a APPLICATION based strategy that is proven to restore lost time to teachers and students in a way that is simple, fair and mutually respectful.  You can do this and it is a real difference maker and gamechanger!  For more information, please contact us at or