All posts by Patronella Koster

High Impact Professional Learning

Hello Intentional Interruption Study Session Members,

We are looking forward to our Literacy Coaches Network Day this Thursday, March 2, 2017. Our last session in High Impact Professional Learning will focus on you sharing your experiences and learning around how you have impacted learning in your district, building and classrooms.  We will use the thinking and learning on how “Focus, Collaborative Inquiry and Instructional Leadership” enable learning and how to interrupt the barriers to learning using the “heuristic” strategies for interruption.

This highly interactive session will use the Conversation Cafe protocol to structure our time together.

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday,

Nelli and Tracy

High Impact Professional Learning

Hello High Impact Professional Learning Session Members,

Just a reminder to bring your book, Intentional Interruption:  Breaking Down Learning Barriers to Transform Professional Practice to our session on Thursday, December 8th.  Chapters 1 through 4 will be the focus of our learning.  As you read, keep in mind your experiences with professional learning and how does this professional learning change your practice and / or thinking?  What allows true learning to happen?

Looking forward to growing our learning together to support all teachers and student learning.

Tracy and Nelli

Cris Tovani: Literacy Coaches Network on October 14, 2016

Literacy Coaches Network Membership,
Thank you for making our opening LCN day on September 22nd a huge success! The turn out was fantastic and our initial feedback has been extremely positive. The sessions are meeting the needs of our diverse group of educators.

Our next LCN Day is on Friday, October 14th from 8:00 to 3:00 at Thousand Oaks with Cris Tovani as our guest speaker. You must register to attend through the Kent ISD website. The cost is $35.00 per person for snacks and lunch–as well as the venue. You have the opportunity to invite one guest to grow and learn with you. This will be a valuable learning opportunity as part of our year of learning at LCN.
How to register:
The LCN member would register and there is a button that says “are you bringing a guest?”. When they click yes, a drop down comes up of name, district and email. It will add the $35 guest charge when they click yes.

Cris Tovani’s day for LCN:
Supporting Colleagues to have the Energy to Teach
Teachers are frequently asked to do more than time allows. Helping them identify what matters most can give them more energy to teach. Beliefs drive practice and when beliefs are supported by current research, teachers can articulate instead of defend how they use precious teaching time. During this daylong workshop, Cris Tovani will share how she works with her instructional coach, Sam Bennett, using data to meet more students’ needs. Participants will examine current research, coaching letters and view video clips to consider how to support their colleagues to have the energy to teach.

Looking forward to learning with Cris Tovani and our LCN learning community.
The LCN Training Team
Nelli Koster
Mark Raffler

Best Practice Reflection and Networking

This Thursday, May 12 we will reflect on our learning around The Seven Structures of Best Practice and have opportunities to share and grow our thinking.    Our new learning will be around Chapters 8 & 9.  We will be explore what’s possible in the schools/districts we can influence!!   Should we have time we will delve into the wonderful nuggets around some critical issues that live in many schools.

Looking forward to our learning and networking time.

See you soon!


Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Comprehension

This Thursday, May 12th we will be reflecting on our learning from Ellin Keene’s book, Talk About Understanding.  The Conversation Cafe will be the protocol used to network and learn from each other.  With the remaining time we will explore “The Talk About Understanding Principles” from our reading of Chapters 6, 7 and 8.  Should we have time(I always over plan) we will view a video segment and extend our talking and learning from watching Ellin’s intentional talk moves.

This book has been inspirational to me in many ways!!  I’m looking forward to hearing your voices and learning and growing  together!

See you soon!

Classroom Learning Lab Focus Group: April 18 from Noon to 3:30

Join us on Monday, April 18th from 12:00 to 3:30 to share our learning around Classroom Learning Labs and help influence growth.

Goal: Networking our Learning around Classroom Learning Labs and Growing Together

Outcomes: Participants will… have opportunities to reflect and learn from each other, participate in discussions around identified topics of interest, enhance facilitator skills and  influence future learning opportunities for CLL continued growth.

Audience: CLL District Facilitators and Classroom Learning Lab Facilitators

Please sign up at Kent ISD’s professional learning website:

Questions:  Nelli Koster –   –

Best Practice in Content Areas -LCN Thursday

Our 1:30 to 2:45 session on this Thursday, March 10 will feature content area conversations around “Best Practice”.  Please bring your book:  Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms.

Please read one of the chapters exemplifying  best practice:  Reading-Chapter 3, Writing – Chapter 4, Mathematics – Chapter 5, Science – Chapter 6 or Social Studies – Chapter 7!  Lots of choices or if so inspired you may read more than one.

Looking forward to growing our thinking together!

Learn how your library could be supporting teachers’ instruction, helping to foster life-long love of reading in students, and creating a literacy-rich environment for the entire school.


On Thursday, February 11, 2016  from 12:30 to 3:00 pm at Kent ISD Teacher-librarian Kurt Stroh,  will share the exciting things that are happening in the elementary libraries in the Northview Public Schools.  Sign-up for free at the Kent ISD Professional Development site. (link to registration page)

This information / interactive session is open to librarians, principals, teachers or anyone who would like to learn more about how to make the library a vital part of their school’s literacy instruction.

In a time when many elementary schools don’t have librarians (and sadly, some don’t even have libraries), find out how your school library could be the literacy heart of your school. So much more than story time and book check out! Learn how your library could be supporting teachers’ instruction, helping to foster life-long love of reading in students, and creating a literacy-rich environment for the entire school.

We anticipate that this afternoon will be just the beginning of an exciting Library Network! Come to learn, come to share what you are doing, and come to voice what you would most value from a Library Network.