Abeo. Professional Learning Designed for Human Systems.
At Abeo School Change we cultivate and develop the internal capacity of schools to improve performance in multiple areas. We accomplish this through a strong human-centered focus on organizational culture, the collective efficacy of teachers and leaders, and instructional excellence in the classroom.
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In a recent New York Times piece, David L. Kirp writes that our public schools do a "good job of getting students into college, but a poor job preparing them to succeed once they’re there. " The problem he says, is that public schools and institutions of higher learning do their work separately, in silos, and do not communicate on issues like providing the kind of rigor and habits of mind high school students need to succeed in higher education. read more
The human interactions in collaboration can be so nuanced, how do we increase the instances of great collaboration in the educational realm?
One thing we can do is look to other fields. read more
Coaching for instructional improvement is a strategy and resource that many schools and districts have put in place to support their adult learners. So what does it mean to “coach”? Skillful coaching incorporates many highly nuanced roles and ways to work - when to probe, clarify, tell, show, and share - and moving fluidly and flexibly between them. As I work alongside educators and continue to refine my own skills as a coach, I’ve learned I can be more effective by recognizing the nuances and using what I know strategically. read more
An exciting thing happened a couple of weeks ago: Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, a good friend of those of us at Abeo, was recognized as Washington State Teacher of the Year.
As I bask in the joy of colleagues at Lincoln High School and in Tacoma Public Schools, I think about the great acceptance speech he gave at the induction. His message: he is part of a an amazing team and is NOT even the best teacher in his own household (he points to his wife, Hope Teague- Bowling, also an extraordinary High School teacher). In this nod to his colleagues, Nate reminds us that one great teacher does not make a great school or even a great classroom. read more
There is no doubt that ensuring each student’s ability to read skillfully and with comprehension is foundational to achievement and that it is a complex undertaking. What I’ve come to learn and continue to discover, though, is how the complexity can be naturally simple and less of a struggle.
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