Category Archives: achievement gap

Equity Conversations among Mentors and New Teachers: Partner Profile

Last year we engaged in a yearlong partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.  This new video provides an overview of that partnership and how new teacher mentors (“support providers”) … Continue reading

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Education Transformation and the Teacher Assessment Debate

Interesting piece by Irving Hamer, Memphis Superintendent, in Ed Week “Collaboration Is Essential in Public Education,” that is part of a larger debate about Joel Klein’s recent Atlantic Monthly article, titled “The Failure of American Schools,” which paints a grim picture of entrenched and … Continue reading

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systems thinking and racial equity

Professor john powell (he does not capitalize his name) gave a webinar recently through our colleagues at the Leadership Learning Community.  In the webinar, a recording of which is available on line, powell talked about how systems thinking and a … Continue reading

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Teach Like an Equity Champion

A partner school has been using a book called Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (a leader at Uncommon Schools) in their school-wide professional learning.  Different teams were responsible for different sections, they read together, observed and videotaped each other’s … Continue reading

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Motivation and Learning

Student motivation is so often left out of the equation in talking about schooling and reform.  When education is perceived as something that is done to students rather than with them, it tends to result in standardization, low expectations, thin … Continue reading

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School reform and the “pedagogy of poverty”

Alfie Kohn’s recent article in Education Week, “Poor Teaching for Poor Children” (a longer version is available on his site) is getting a lot of attention among parent groups here in Oakland.  He makes a passionate case against the double … Continue reading

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Christopher Edley on structural racialism

At the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy yesterday we attended the Race and Policy Symposium put on by the Students of Color in Public Policy. It was a very interesting and well organized event with many good panelists, … Continue reading

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The Turnaround Teacher

In all the talk of turnaround schools, the qualities of the teaching that such schools require, sometimes called turnaround teachers, gets short shrift.  It’s the classroom as black box again, the black box that Wiliam and Black cracked open so … Continue reading

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Learning Partnerships versus Personalization

Personalization is an important concept that has been around for a while and that we have worked with partner schools on over years of small school coaching. The Small Schools Project defines it as ‘a learning environment where all students … Continue reading

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Linda Darling-Hammond | Teacher and School Reform in International View

Our Advisory Board member Stanford University Professor of Education Linda Darling-Hammond blogged at the Answer Sheet at the Washington Post about the recent International Summit on Teaching: “…it was, perhaps, the first time that the growing de-professionalization of teaching in … Continue reading

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