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Hi! Here’s the slide deck for the session I presented at the NJASA / NJPSA / AASA Women’s Leadership conference.

Women’s Place in History of Schooling

<3, Amy


Just back from an amazing conference in Vancouver. For sketchnotes and resources on Michael Fullan’s Coherence preconference, Deep Leaning in Action, Teacher Voice, etc. please see my Sutori!

This is the email I sent to our Social Studies teachers this morning… 

We know that kiddos are going to be coming to you this morning with lots and lots of questions. If you’re wondering what to tell kids when they ask, remind them that the Framers of the Constitution designed the branches of government to check and balance one another; that no president has all of the power; that change in this country is a process and requires compromise. And that this was a very, very close race. Not everyone who voted for either candidate agreed with everything the candidate said or promised. And that campaign promises aren’t as easy to enact as candidates make it seem.

I’ve sent out this Politics in the Classroom guideline a few times and it’s been in the WAIP but wanted to send it again. Remember board policy, as well as best practice, includes the requirement that teachers be fair and impartial in their discussions with students.

Here are some short videos and games to talk about the powers of the president, branches of government, and checks and balances, if you need them.

Ben’s Guide to Government – areas for all ages – I like the Branch O’ Mania game for looking at different branches of government

BrainPop has several good videos in their election series, including the branches of government and the powers of the president.

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances – Video, Best for Secondary Kids

Executive Command game – good for secondary students, simulate a day in the life of a President and the powers they have/don’t have.

Civic Responsibility Launcher game – great for lots of ages. Your elementary kids can play this whole class if it’s projected – helps talk about what good citizens are and do.

Yours in the pursuit of excellence in Social Studies and civics,

Amy Lynn Mount

Hi, all,

I’m seeking 4-6 teachers to serve as Learning Partners for a project looking at student-centered learning environments. Any location, school type, content areas.

Teachers will share images of their classrooms, give and receive feedback about the images shared, and receive a collection of research/resources about student centered learning environments.

For more information, see the project overview.

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The Social Studies conferences were great! I’ve been transitioning to digital sketch notes with my Pencil and the Paper app by FiftyThree. I’ve tried several apps and styluses but these really seem to work for me.

I learned a great new tool through Twitter. I typically share notes as I finish with whatever hashtags are appropriate. challenged me to share my notes through their awesome timeline maker. It is so easy to use – I created these straight from my iPad!

Here are my sketchnotes and pictures from TSSSA and TCSS 2015.

Hi! If you attended one of my sessions at TSSSA or TCSS this year, thanks so much for coming! 🙂

Here’s the links to my presentation and handouts!

TSSSA – Quantifying Rigor / Depth of Knowledge

TCSS – Formative Assessments

If you’re new to education or attending conferences, this post is for you. If you love really weird stories where clearly a higher power has intervened to make something happen, this is also for you.

Going to conferences is intimidating – especially if you are an introvert. Days are long, you are out of routine, your brain is stuffed with SO much information. It can be highly tempting to check out towards the end of the day, hole up in your room, and vegetate. But, don’t, go hit the reception and enjoy your one drink ticket. Try and pay attention to the nametags, too. I am really terrible at this and get nametag fatigue, by the evening, everyone just runs together in my head.

So, I’m so fortunate to be attending the ASCDL2L Conference in DC with the absolute cream of the crop in ASCD Leadership as part of the Emerging Leader class of 2015. I had an interesting journey getting here and the conference has been no less interesting.

The Emerging Leader Class of 2015

Me with TX ASCD Executive Director Yolanda Rey; VP Roy Garcia, and Board Member Treva Franklin

A month or so ago, we were holding a training for elementary teachers on our new textbooks. Our rep, Brett from TX, and one of the trainers, Sam from FL, hadn’t seen each other in quite a while and were catching up over lunch. They were talking about people they knew in common, including a gorgeous blonde who writes books and presents on neuroscience, LaVonna. I was like, well, good for you, I’m going to sit over here and eat my salad while you all laugh and take a selfie to send to her.

End of the conference day today, I’m worn out, but committed to going and enjoying dinner. I get in the elevator for the short ride with a gorgeous blonde. In the short trip down to the conference level, she mentions she writes books on neuroscience. I finally look at her nametag. LaVonna from FL.

HOW WEIRD IS THAT?So I tell her that I think we know mutual people, and we do. So, of course, we took a selfie to send to them.


Education is a small, small world, people! Be kind to everyone because you never know who you’ll have in common.