The mission of the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING is to transform experienced and capable educators into gifted teachers. Mentoring is the strategy that successfully promotes gifted teaching in many individuals and high quality teaching in others.

Gifted teachers change the lives of children. These consummate professionals spark a passion for learning in the hearts and minds of young people. They open up new worlds of understanding, give new tools for exploration, and embolden the confidence of children as learners. Our vision is that every child experiences the magical touch of gifted teachers and for a lifetime they remember those who helped them become exuberant, lifelong learners.

To reach toward our vision, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING funds individual teaching fellowships and grants to elementary schools in California to implement the ART of TEACHING mentoring program.