Category Archives: Effective Teaching

Remember: There Is No Apolitical Classroom

As thousands of young people return to school, remember there is no apolitical classroom. Telling the truth is not changing history – it’s what will prevent us from repeating it. Click on the following link for tools and ideas to … Continue reading

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Instructional Coaching | Beyond Best Practices

“Coaching is becoming popular, in part, because many educational leaders recognize the old form of professional development, built around traditional in-service sessions for teachers, simply doesn’t affect student achievement” (Knight 2006). Instructional coaching alone doesn’t necessarily support teachers to be … Continue reading

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The Federal Equity and Excellence Commission Report

Last week the federal report on equity in education was released by the congressionally mandated Equity and Excellence Commission. Entitled “For Each And Every Child,” it focuses more explicitly on educational opportunity and the role of poverty in student achievement than … Continue reading

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The Common Core, Pre-Reading, and Equity

Our Curriculum Developer Zaretta Hammond co-authored an article for the new issue of Phi Delta Kappan titled “Text and Truth: Reading, student experience, and the Common Core” (requires subscription). Zaretta and her co-author Susan Sandler write that the Common Core … Continue reading

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Teacher of the Year Update

Remember that Alameda County teacher of the year, I’Asha Warfield, who told us that “what keeps me believing in the work I’m doing as a coach is what I learned at the National Equity Project CFE institute”?  She is one of … Continue reading

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A Few Ways to Build Student-Teacher Rapport

 “Trust between teachers and students is the affective glue that binds educational relationships together.  Not trusting teachers has several consequences for students. They are unwilling to submit themselves to the perilous uncertainties of new learning. They avoid risk. They keep … Continue reading

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A School Turnaround in one Democratic Convention Speech

Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts spoke at the Democratic National Convention on the first night and referenced a school in Boston that has turned around.  We were encouraged especially by the support services that help students deal with the effects … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

1) Commit to knowing your students well — academically, socially, and emotionally.  Learn about their families, cultures, and interests.  Ask questions, talk with parents, community members and colleagues, read books, watch movies, listen to music.  Make home visits, or create … Continue reading

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Thank a Teacher

Teachers have been packing up classrooms and wrapping up the year to start their summer break, although many of them will work for extra money, many will take courses and workshops, read and do self-study, and de-stress and finally get some sleep.  … Continue reading

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Teaching with a Cultural Eye and Listening

We welcomed over 40 teachers and other educators, including teams from nine bay area K-12 schools, to our most recent Teaching with a Cultural Eye (TCE) Institute last week (March 15-16) to learn, discuss, and reflect on relationships with students in the context … Continue reading

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