Episode 28: Supporting New Teachers with Lisa Dabbs

In episode 28, Dan and Michael talk with Lisa Dabbs about supporting new teachers, particularly through #ntchat.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Find more of Lisa’s work on her website: lisadabbs.com
  2. More on the Educause conference Lisa mentions: educause.edu
  3. Learn more about, and get connected through, Lisa’s New Teacher Mentoring Project on her site: http://www.lisadabbs.com/new-teacher-mentoring-project
  4. Buy and read the book Lisa wrote along with Nicol R. Howard entitled, “Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources.


Lisa Michelle Dabbs is an Educational Consultant, blogger, and speaker. She began her career as an elementary school teacher principal in Southern California. Lisa is currently a university Adjunct Professor and, in 2010, she created and founded New Teacher Chat #ntchat. You can find her blogging and sharing her passion to support and mentor new teachers at LisaDabbs.com and on Twitter @teachwithsoul and other non-Snapchat social media sites.

Episode 20: Core Practices with Francesca Forzani

In episode 20, Dan and Michael talk with Francesca Forzani of TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan about core practices (or high leverage practices) of teaching that can be used in practice-based teacher education.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

1. You can visit TeachingWorks.org where the missions “is to ensure that all students have skillful teachers who are committed to and able to support their growth.

2. You can find the list of 19 High-Leverage Practices on the TeachingWorks site.

3. Dr. Forzani has written a number of articles on core practices and high leverage practices. The two articles — one longer and one shorter — are available online without a password:

4. Dan mentioned this 2011 article by Pam Grossman, which argues that core practices can be learned through representations (e.g., novice teachers  watch videos of skillful teachers), decompositions (e.g., novice teachers break down a specific high leverage practice), and approximations (e.g., novice teachers work in simulations or student teaching: 

  • Grossman, P. (2011). Framework for teaching practice: A brief history of an idea. Teachers College Record113(12), 2836-2843.


You can learn more about TeachingWorks by following them on Twitter @Teachingworks, find out more about Dr. Forzani’s work from her TeachingWorks page, or e-mail Dr. Forzani at fforzani@umich.edu.