What Students Can Teach Us About Equity

A Recap of Students Speak! Teaching is a relationship with students. When we see school and the world through students’ eyes, we not only grow our perspective but also open doors to meeting their hopes, strengths, and needs in our practice. That means we must actively listen to student voice. These ideas are at the … Continued

How We Can Teach for Equity

Dear Educators, This tumultuous year has brought into focus the important role you play in young people’s lives. Amid a global pandemic, teachers like you have been a lifeline to essential resources and meals when needed, a counselor as students process change in the world around them, and a source of care as students adjust … Continued

Reflection: Our Commitments to Black Lives

Entering this new year, our country is still in the throes of a devastating global pandemic that has magnified the inequity in our societal systems. Such tragedy has no doubt forced all of us to reflect on what it means to build community and work for justice. If we carry those lessons into 2021, we … Continued

The Hidden Potential of Virtual Teacher Collaboration

This piece was originally written for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s What We’re Learning blog. You can find the original link here. “When the crisis struck in March, we immediately thought: ‘Will we need to tap the brakes?’” Brielle Brewick, an Associate Director of Networks at Leading Educators, reflects. “We thought there would be … Continued

A New Year for Joy and Possibility

Wherever you are this holiday season, we hope you feel safe and connected to those you hold dear even if they are far away. This year has been incredibly tough. It has called on all of us—as people in the fight for greater equity in our schools and in our world—to lean into our values … Continued

Are My Students Engaged? How to Self-Assess Virtual Participation in ELA

“I’m teaching, but are my students engaged and participating in a meaningful way?”  This question has always mattered, but remote instruction can make it more challenging to answer now. Some students are not regularly on screen for various reasons. Other students readily chime in on the chat but disappear during small group break out discussions. … Continued

Putting Professional Learning Models to Work

This essay is an excerpt from The Elements: Transforming Teaching through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning, a challenge paper that explores how professional learning anchored in high-quality curriculum materials allows teachers to experience the instruction their students will receive and change their instructional practices, leading to better student outcomes. Cowritten with Stephanie Hirsh, former executive director of … Continued

Equity is on the Ballot

On November 3, we face a critical juncture in our journey toward a more equitable future. After a year of deeply felt hardship, devastating and preventable loss—and so many moments that have required us to reflect on what and whom we value—millions of Americans will exercise their right to vote. As you consider the choices … Continued

It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.

A classroom observation changed my life. “It’s easy to mistake engagement for learning. Here’s how I learned the difference.” was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: ckbe.at/newsletters. As a middle school social studies teacher, I took a lot of pride in coming up with … Continued

Protect Learning with Better Teacher Coaching

Teacher leaders, mentor teachers, content leaders, and instructional coaches have a special place in our schools. They’re the glue between passion and practice, helping teachers with unique strengths make a measurable impact on student learning. But what distinguishes the most impactful coaching?  Strong coaching comes down to finding that special connection between passion and strategy. … Continued