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The 21st Century Planning Process 

Marcia’s words displayed above came alive, when in a review of our files we discovered the clip below filmed at a Learning Forward Annual Conference. It features teachers from New York state explaining the 21st Century Planning Process featuring the SBE Ovals to another Just ASK booth visitor at that conference. You will hear how they use the SBE Ovals to which they were introduced in a Instruction for All Students workshop series led by Just ASK Senior Consultant Brenda Kaylor. It is exciting to hear one teacher explain how Oval Two places responsibility for learning and self-assessment squarely on the shoulders of the students. When viewing this clip, don’t miss the fact that she advocates for the use of both qualitative and quantitative data to inform instruction.

POINT TO NOTE: While we have titled the clip “Teachers Teaching Teachers about the 21st Century Planning Process” it could also be titled “Don’t Cross the Line!” You will need watch the clip to understand that key point in the process.

This eleven-minute clip can be used in one-of-one conferences or in staff meetings… actually in any format of mentoring, coaching, or supervisory work. It would be especially useful in addressing a common “teacher trap” of falling into activity level thinking rather than focusing on learning standards and student application of their learning. 


Just ASK Resources

to Support Your Conversations About and Implementation

of the 21st Century Planning Process



We are delighted that we have had the opportunity to influence the thinking and instructional practice of so many teachers around the world through our modeling of this planning process, unit development with peer review, and ongoing opportunities for profession practice within schools and classrooms. As you might expect, The 21st Century Planning Process (aka SBE Planning Process) is embedded in all our consulting work and publications. I have selected a few of my favorite (most impactful) resources to share with you in this memo.



Online Tools and Templates 


  • Instruction for All Students
  • Why Didn’t I Learning This in College?
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
  • The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook
  • Leading the Learning: Your Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation
  • Creating a Culture for Learning: A Focus on PLCs and More


E-Newsletter Issues 


 Some Favorite Website Resources



This memo has really been fun to put together because it was such a great overview for me of the work we do at Just ASK!

BTW, do not miss the October Mentoring Calendar which is also included in this issue.

Take care of yourself and each other… that is, hang in there!


               The Just ASK 
            October 2021 Mentoring Calendar

Each issue of The Mentoring Memo features one or more mentoring calendars for the current time of the year. The Just ASK October 2021 Mentoring Calendar is now available. These calendars, excerpted and updated from The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook, offer suggestions for mentoring actions to support novice teachers and teachers new to the district. When you take a look at them, you will quickly see how useful they are.  Post them, or a link to them, on your district/school website and feel free to forward the calendars to colleagues who you think might find them useful. You are also encouraged to post them on social media.

Download the October 2021 Calendar



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