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For Teachers

“Please encourage us!”

“Please encourage us!”

(For context if you're reading this after 2020, I am writing this during quarantine due to the Coronavirus.  What a time to be an educator.  This email response from a kind, loyal educator just gives us a glimpse into what life is like right now.  It's tough...but so...

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For Coaches

I got REJECTED by Learning Forward! (Part 2)

I got REJECTED by Learning Forward! (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a two part article about my rejection (ha!). If you want to read the first part, check this out! Email I just got regarding an article I submitted... Hi Jill,  Thank you for submitting your article to The Learning Professional – we appreciate your...

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For Leaders

Urgent Letter to School Principals and Leaders

Urgent Letter to School Principals and Leaders

To School Principals and Instructional Leaders at the District Level, I write this to you as we are on our umpteenth day of quarantine, trying to get back to some semblance of normal...whatever that means anymore! As I've taken a couple of weeks to just watch what...

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I’m So Glad You Dropped In

Telling the truth about teaching… and getting on with life!

Well… that’s me in a nutshell!  I’m Jill Jackson and I’m a teacher who has a great life that I also want to go out and live!

Since 2002, I’ve traveled over 1,250,000 miles and have trained thousands of educators about how to teach reading, plan for interventions and manage the latest education crazes so they don’t lose their marbles.  And throughout all of those miles and time spent with educators, I’ve come to realize this: we are best (and we get the best results) when we keep things simple in the classroom

I know that simple works and I’m practically obsessed with helping you simplify your teaching life. I also know that successful teachers are happy teachers… and I’m totally convinced that all of us teacher-types have to have a life outside of education to be happy in the classroom.

So… let’s say that we get on with the simple part, OK?